The summer starts here

This is what we’ve been waiting for. May has only just begun and it seems as though we’ve already had a summer’s worth of sunshine. Those cold, grim days at the turn of the year are already a distant memory.

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I’ve never known so much good weather so early with the temperature hovering in the mid 20s over the Easter holiday. Forget the DIY and gardening, it was bike riding every day for me – I wasn’t going to miss out.
And what perfect timing for a royal wedding, another extended holiday just a week later giving us a second chance to get the miles in.

Now there really are no excuses for not entering those sportives. My first big test will be the Wiggle Dragon Ride on June 5. I’m not getting too carried away, I’m only aiming for the 120-kilometre version, but even with my new-found enthusiasm that’ll be no mean achievement for an old chap like me. It’s also less than a year since the crash that kept me off the bike for four months last summer.

If my Welsh adventure works out then I’ll plan the next phase of my comeback, setting my sights on longer distances or even a Gran Fondo.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly