First, thank you all for your messages of support and encouragement. It certainly helped.
We had our meeting down the pub last night and we reached a decision.
If minutes of the meeting had been taken it would read something like this...
Lady Diana Spencer!
Dame Helen MacArthur!
Sir Francis Charles Chichester!
and, last but not least,
Toad Of Toad Hall!
Would any of these greats have been stopped in their tracks by some lousy, pathetic, French bike thief?
Would they have packed up their bags and scuttled off home like some whipped dog? (Defeated, and within only 1.5 BICs of their goal?)
And neither will we be!
So, with a brand new bike purchased, chain fully oiled up and the tyre's pumped to bursting - the Mini-Peleton blasts on! Out of Toulouse - Ever East!
PS the monkey's looking a little brighter too