It’s our birthday. We are 120 years young but we’re not celebrating just yet. In a style not dissimilar to Her Majesty the Queen, besides our actual birthday we will also have an official celebration, in our case CW March 24.
It’ll be a very special bumper issue. We’ve been around since the very beginnings of organised cycling: one year before the first Liège-Bastogne-Liège, two years before the inaugural World Championships and a dozen years before the Tour de France began.
Without doubt we’re the world’s oldest cycling publication but bizarrely within our own company we rank only sixth after The Field, Shooting Times, Amateur Photographer, Horse and Hound and Amateur Gardening. There have still only been just 12 editors of Cycling Weekly and after 13 years I am now the second longest-serving but still some way behind HH England’s three-decade reign.
Enough of the nostalgia. There’s too much to look forward to with the 2011 racing season kicking off in Australia and Sky’s Ben Swift getting the best possible start with two wins in the Tour Down Under.
In this week’s issue of Cycling Weekly magazine we report from Adelaide, go training with Sky in Majorca and even get the chance to ride with Andy Schleck and his Leopard-Trek team-mates.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly