The Spring Classics are here, and not a moment too soon, to lift away the winter gloom and welcome in some unusually mild weather for February in Belgium.
Our editor Andy McGrath spent the weekend glued to the TV for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, as did host Ian Parkinson.
Excellent racing all round, Tom Pidcock and Jake Stewart on the podium and Anna van der Breggen winning as per usual were the highlights. What else caught Andy’s beady eye?
There’s a fair few famous 1980s musicians partial to a pedal – see Lloyd Cole on Zwift for one. Echo and the Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant rode a cool old 531 steel framed machine round Paris between recordings back in the day. What’s he up to now though? Massive fan and gawpy groupie, executive editor Ian Cleverly, tries not to act starstruck while talking six strings and six gears.