Tomorrow the Tour of Britain heads south again, but there's nothing soft about the route from Carlisle to Blackpool as Dan Lloyd demonstrates in this video preview.
As well as riding and previewing the route the IG Sigma Sport ridertakes us through fuelling strategies on a stage like this. Dan also talks about post-ride recovery and how riders with an eye on the days to come conserve energy even in the midst of the race. Oh, and if you want to pick up some free Tour of Britain team memorabilia - Dan has advice on the best places to find it.
Last year's stage to Blackpool was cancelled when high winds on the fells raised safety fears this time out the weather forecast looks a lot more benign and after some serious ups and downs through the Lake District and the Lancashire hills Mark Cavendish and co will be hoping things are set up nicely for a sprint finish in the shadow of Blackpool Tower.
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.