Video: Tour of Britain whets appetite for 2014 race with look back at last year

Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish star

To mark 100 days to go until the Tour of Britain sets out on September 7 from Liverpool toward a finale in London eight days later, race organisers have released a video to help get everyone excited.

Featuring great footage from last year’s race, won by Bradley Wiggins, the video dwells on the glorious scenery that race passes through. It may not be the Alps, but only someone with no soul could could deny the beauty of the green hills of Britain.

Mark Cavendish’s three stage wins also feature prominently, and we get to relive Simon Yates' memorable stage win on Haytor.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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