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Tour de Switzerland , 10th July 2008 - 12:15

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Once again the day started with a gentle stroll around the golf course at 8am.

At least it's a gentle stroll for some of the staff but it's rather more taxing on the players who have to actually run.

Today's ‘song of the journey' from the hotel to the training pitch was ‘The First Picture of You' by the Lotus Eaters...although it was pushed all the way by ‘Take on Me' by Aha.

Jimmy Comer recalled the days of dancing energetically to these tunes in Birdys in Liverpool many moons ago!

At one point Jimmy urged the driver to fast-forward the CD player when a tune that didn't tickle anyone's fancy came on.

The shout from the back was, I thought, perfectly reasonable.

"Don't distract the driver when there's a two-mile drop just ten yards away from the edge of the road!"

It can be quite hairy up here in the some of the lads discovered last night when they went for a bike ride.

The idea was that the lads would cycle up and down the mountains under the careful supervision of a couple of experienced guides.

The best laid plans...!

Dave Billows pulled the wrong brake when trying to negotiate a large muddy patch in the road and went straight over the handle-bars into the mud.

Leighton Baines suffered a snapped bike chain and Bob Sefton, the club's driver, had to wheel it all the way back to the hotel. Bob thumbed a lift more in hope than expectation but touched lucky and was driven back by a very kind Swiss gentleman, with the disabled bicycle in the boot.

It was very heavy going at times and it was a right disheveled bunch of cyclists that made a weary return to the hotel.

They left thinking they were Lance Armstrong and returned more like Lance Percival!

To break the training schedule this afternoon some of the boys went tree-walking! That involved a series of ropes and cables, tree-ladders and pullies to enable participants to negotiate the woods without touching the floor.

Needless to say those who didn't fancy it took great delight in throwing things at those who did!

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