Hoping – and possibly praying – for warmer weather, the riders head for southern Spain and the 58th edition of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista de Sol. It starts today (Sunday 19th February) and takes place over five days, finishing on Thursday. Many of the teams and riders robbed of racing kilometres in Challenge Mallorca will be taking part, keen to test their legs ahead of key races such as next month’s Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.
I overheard a conversation between a couple of weekend cyclists a few months ago and one of them said, “I just gave it the full Cancellara and left them in my dust.” Of course, anyone who knows cycling knows that “giving it the full Cancellara” means that you ride with the heart of a lion, leaving everything on the road and, usually, at some point making a move of such audacity that it leaves the kitten-hearted mewing by the roadside as you roar away. An attitude for life, not just cycling, I say.