With the road conditions potentially too dangerous for full-on racing, with such accomplished sportsmen on the bikes it was too tempting not to have a few short controlled sprint races. On our first hill climb, heading out of Monaco, it did seem fitting to challenge “the Gladiator” (Rolf Mueller), who seemed to need a battery-powered bike to keep up with the peloton. He was in typically wonderfully jovial and competitive spirits and claims he never switched on the power assistance to drive him up the steep slopes. During the second stage of the ride, my second controlled race was much tougher: a two-kilometre hill climb with Richard Permin, the French backcountry skier, who excels in this adventure sporting discipline – a perfect fusion of freestyle and freeride skiing. Amazingly, Richard has only just completed an intense rehabilitation plan after a recent serious injury, and is now back stronger than ever. Remarkably, this was Richard’s first time on a racing bike, yet I was pushed to my limits to even stay a tyre-width ahead of him in our hill climb race. He is certainly a natural sportsman. Riding as a team with some controlled racing was certainly a lot of fun, but my main highlight was everyone completing the Sport for Good Ride safely, and of course on time – even with some of the group taking a quick Mercedes AMG F1-style pit stop in Italy to relax and recover for the journey back to Monaco.