You're at the start line of the Under 23 national championships of the country that worships cyclo-cross in the winter months. You're keen to make a good impression, perhaps get noticed by a top team. So naturally, you want to get that hole shot and be at the sharp end of the race.
Well, you and 50-odd other riders, as this video from yesterday's Belgian Men's Under-23 National Cycle-Cross Championship shows, with just six riders managing to avoid getting brought down or held up in this massive stack in the opening metres of the race.
— Peter SagFan (@Peter_SagFan) January 10, 2016
According to Stickybottle.ie, the race was restarted, getting under way the second time round with rather less drama.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.