Intriguing in the first word that springs to mind when thinking about tonights event in Peterborough.
For too many years the Peterborough and Fenland Clarion cycling clubs have operated in parallel coming together a couple of times a year to promote an early season time trial and end of season hill climb.
Three cyclists are among the 12 names in the running to succeed Mark Cavendish as BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 - former winner Sir Chris Hoy, now Britain's most successful Olympian with six gold medals, Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins, and Sarah Storey, winner of four Paralympic golds in London this summer.
The BBC has hit out at the Olympic Broadcast Service, saying that a lack of timing information made it impossible to commentate accurately on the men's road race today.
There was little information available to viewers or commentators, including Chris Boardman, on how the race was progressing, or how much space was developing between the peloton and various breakaways.
While many in the cycling world and beyond have applauded Mark Cavendish for his winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 yesterday evening, the world champion winning as many votes as the other nine sportsmen on the short list put together, he - and cycling - appear to have some way to go before enjoying the embrace of the full British public.
Mark Cavendish isn't winning all the awards on offer at the moment as the British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced that Cav's Sky teammate Geraint Thomas had been chosen as the Olympic Athlete of the Year for cycling in 2011.
Commenting on his win Thomas said:
Team Sky’s signing of world champion Mark Cavendish was arguably the biggest transfer story of 2011, and certainly the most protracted one. His new team’s sponsors are wasting no time in starting to get a return on their prize asset with the screening of a half-hour documentary on him, shown this evening at 7.30pm on Sky Sports News.
The programme, called King of Sprint, comes at the end of a year in which Cavendish achieved his two goals for the year.
The shortlist of ten athletes from whom the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be chosen has been unveiled, and bookmakers’ favourite, Mark Cavendish, is of course on it. Controversially, not one woman features among the ten names announced this evening.
Gary Lineker – never a winner himself, his best showing being third place in 1991 – joined Alex Jones and Matt Baker to reveal the all-male shortlist live on The One Show.
Mark Cavendish isn’t the only cyclist up for an award in next month’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, with news that Britain’s other rainbow jersey winner at Copehagen, Lucy Garner, has been shortlisted in the Young Sports Personality category.
The 17-year-old from Leicestershire was the first British woman since Nicole Cooke in 2001 to win the Junior Road Race World Championship.
Mark Cavendish has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the second year running.
The Manxman won five stages at the Tour de France this year as well as taking the points jersey at the Vuelta Espana, although he failed to capture a medal at the World Championships in Geelong or at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
It’s getting towards that time of the year again when Britain’s sports stars gather before the TV cameras to celebrate the nation’s sporting highs and lows over the preceding 12 months.
Last December, of course, the country’s cycling community celebrated as Team GB’s Beijing success saw it rewarded with the team of the year trophy, with Dave Brailsford picking up the coach of the year award and a pre-knighthood Mr Chris Hoy winning the individual crown.