Winter is on the wane if not fully over. We've seen the elusive sun and temperatures have got into double figures. We can cycle to work in daylight. Time to get out on the roads or trails and enjoy the bike for the fun of it and to begin dreaming of the summer of cycling challenges ahead. I live in constant hope of little more global warming. A degree or two higher during the summer with a long dry spell would make this country one of the best cycling destinations in the world. Wicklow has such a variety of wonderful scenery and network of relatively traffic free back roads. For the off roader it has great trails. All these enhanced by a little heat would be a dream come true.
So what are your objectives for the Summer of cycling? The road racing season begins the first weekend in March. Sportives have already being attracting big numbers. The Paddy Martin memorial in Bray had over 180 participants in mid February. You have to wonder what the big events like the Wicklow 200 and the An Post series will be like.
Personally I'm looking forward to the Irish Hospice Foundation's Dublin - Paris and Geneva - Nice. The latter is going to be a real buzz. 5days through the alps. Just a week after the Tour de France finishes we will be tackling some its iconic climbs. Think Alp d'Huez, Col Iozard, Col de Bonnette. Got to go, have get in a few miles in preparation