I’m enjoying an early start to the cycling season this year, No, I haven’t actually been out on the bike, that would be reckless! I’ve been indulging in a bit of vicarious cycling, I’m watching the Tour of California on Eurosport. Well, isn’t that the British way, watch the sport instead of doing it?

Anyway, the ToC is delivering the goods: great racing, beautiful scenery, commentators talking utter bollocks. Yes, that’s all the boxes ticked.

I’ve been particularly impressed with the high standard of obviously mad roadside spectators: the man with the longhorn hat is a familiar figure from the Tour de France, he’s been joined by a fake yellow devil, a giant orange chicken (with human legs, obviously the legs for that costume cost eggstra) and the Grim Reaper (gulp!). Even Batman put in an appearance, running along on the opposite side of the road to a man who appeared to be an aging Marc Bolan in a blue cape. Or perhaps he was Robin with sunglasses and a bad wig. It’s hard to say.

Anyway, I’m having a great time as an armchair cyclist. How are you?

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