A very early start to get to Calais for the crossing to Dover and then on to Brighton for our final night. All the teams met up a few miles outside Brighton so that we could be given a police escort into the city centre and down to the seafront to cross the finishing line. A much better job than the Turin police managed and it really shows the difference between nationalities - most people smiling and waving at us from their cars, rather than trying to ram us off the road like the Italian drivers!!!! The chequered flag at the finish line on Madeira Drive was waved by none other than Mike Cooper - son of the late John Cooper who was responsible for putting the “Cooper” in “Mini Cooper”!!!
We dispersed from Madeira Drive mid-afternoon and made our way along the front to the Grand Hotel where were staying the night. We made for the bar and the thought of not having to get up at 7am for the first time in what felt like ages was most welcome.