It's here! The Classics season I mean....not Spring. That's still a little way off round these parts.
And to celebrate, the 27mm green Pave's are out ready for gluing, the road bike is being returned to full working order and some serious cobbled extravaganzas are being planned over the next few weeks.
Not to mention all that watching to be done, that has already started with a bang in the form of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Never did the kasseien look so good on Saturday (albeit on a live sporza feed)- it's been 2 years since I rode in Flanders and I am missing it more than ever. Those concrete slabbed roads, the lines of tall larch trees and the tight, twisty lanes under a leaden Flandrian sky and the sense of anticipation running up to a cobbled straat or hellingen.
No matter, East Lancashire has given up a few secrets this winter and I have enough secteurs du pave to creat my own little Hell of the North, in addition to an April 3rd re-run of the Ronde van Oost Lancashire.........