To mark 100 days to go until the Tour of Britain sets out on September 7 from Liverpool toward a finale in London eight days later, race organisers have released a video to help get everyone excited.
Featuring great footage from last year’s race, won by Bradley Wiggins, the video dwells on the glorious scenery that race passes through. It may not be the Alps, but only someone with no soul could could deny the beauty of the green hills of Britain.
Mark Cavendish’s three stage wins also feature prominently, and we get to relive Simon Yates' memorable stage win on Haytor.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.