Our longest day started in the rain after an early start. 91 miles lay ahead of us and we set off in the rain with best intentions to cover the distance quickly. Only 5km into the ride however and a simultaneous puncture on one bike and spent rear bearings on another bike had us on the hard shoulder for over an hour!….nevertheless we got it all fixed and set off again for a second shot at covering the distance! After just another 5 miles however Luke’s rear wheel slipped out under breaking coming down a mountain pass and he found himself under the barrier on the side of the road!…so after another short pit stop we set off yet again to try and get to Colmar! You know what they say, third time’s a charm and before we knew it we were 50 miles down and were having lunch in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains!
After a quick feed, and a cheeky rub of cream in nether regions, by the side of the road we pointed towards the Col Du Bonhomme (949m), gritted our teeth and got on with it! Not content with our trials and tribulations so far the heavens opened and a hailstorm rained down for the last hour of what was a 9.5 hour day!
But then as we rolled into Ammerschwihr our fortunes changed entirely – a huge welcoming party with champagne and cameras and even the town journalist cheered us over the line and to our host venue for the next 2 nights – The Henri Ehrhart vineyard! We ditched the bikes, grabbed some sparkling wine and let off ‘a little’ steam (if by a little you mean, a lot) with our kind host Cyrille.