Ben Swift the young sprinter riding his first Tour de France with Team Sky has posted the first in a series of what he hopes will be a daily video diary charting his experiences at the race.
He's already posted the first installment and it's fair to say he's pretty excited to be taking part, but then who wouldn't be? He probably isn't going to be reading this, but if you are Ben… try and look at the camera when you're talking! It's okay Dave Brailsford is not going to take the camera off you. Probably.
Seriously though, things like Swifty's video diary really do help to give the rest of us a real insight in to what it's like to be on the inside taking part in a race like the Tour - something that just wouldn't have been possible even a handful of years ago. Here's hoping that we'll be hearing from Ben all the way to Paris and that he keeps smiling all the way too.
You can follow Ben Swift's video diary at the Tour on his website www.benswift.com there's also a clip on there of him taking on Otis from the Gadget Show… Otis is on a power assisted bike.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.