18-minute feature follows Africa's leading team at Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo...

One of the highlights of this year's racing to date was Gerald Ciolek's victory in that brutal edition of Milan-San Remo last month, his MTN-Qhubeka team being the first UCI Professional Continental team from Africa to take part in one of the sport's biggest races after being given a wild card by organisers. The South African team has now issued an 18-minute video, An African Bicycle Dream, focusing on that race and its WorldTour debut in the previous week's Tirreno-Adriatico. It's the first episode in what promises to be an absorbing series throughout the season.

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.