With freezing temperatures here in the UK, it's hard to believe that in exactly four months' time we'll be less than 48 hours away from the start of the 2013 Tour de France, the 100th edition of the race - so here's a timely and absolutely cracking promo video from organisers ASO to whet your appetite.
With a first-ever visit to Corsica, which hosts the Grand Départ, and a parcours featuring Mont Ventoux, a double ascent of Alpe d'Huez and a night-time finish on the Champs-Elysées plus Alberto Contador returning to the race after being banned last year, Chris Froome lookinhg likely to spearhead Sky's challenge, and Mark Cavendish, André Greipel and Peter Sagan looking set to battle it out for the green jersey, it promises to be a cracker.
We can't wait.
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.