Extra post: Gala dinner and rogues gallery

Following an exhausting 600km slog across the Iberian peninsula, riders were treated to a gala dinner celebrating their achievement at Taylor’s Port in Oporto. David Cox, the Chief Executive of The Benevolent, travelled to join the riders and thank them for their efforts. During the dinner David was presented with the Tour of The Douro official lycra, as well as asked to be custodian of the lederhosen until the next charity ride takes place.

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(I think the Major is having rather a good time…)

This blog wouldn’t be complete without a little look behind the scenes at the Tour of the Douro. It wasn’t all polished professionals and slick cycling, oh no. Here are a few things you haven’t yet been shown…

Adrian ‘Major’ Bridge swotting up during his Bodegas Roda tasting

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Alan ‘Sir John’ Montague-Dennis greets the tour lederhosen with a mixture of joy and fear

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Graham ‘Dodders’ Dodridge ready for any hill Spanish geography can throw at him

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Leave this to the communications department; “does ANYONE know where they have gone?”

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We all need somebody to lean on…when the knees give way

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Victor ‘Gladiator’ Charcan; “my name is Maximus Decimus Meridius…”

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The Tour of the Douro version of a Mexican Standoff

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No respect for Gram’s Van; “I said no shoes inside the van you lot!”

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Emperor Hawes addresses his subjects on the final evening

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