BY SAM BRAND
ISLE OF MAN, UK – So let me set the scene. It’s January, the skies are clear, it’s warm – especially compared to the Isle of Man – and it’s the familiar, homely surrounding of the Team Novo Nordisk training camp base in Altea, Spain.
January is notorious in cycling; it’s the last step of a winter regime that transitions the proverbial ‘blood, sweat and tears’ of the harsh wintertime base in to the hustle and bustle of the new season juggernaut that is swiftly approaching. The sound of wheels turning, gears changing and the cogs in the professional peloton are gathering pace. The 2020 cycling train is pulling into the station.
For me, the season was beginning early. Off to a new country, and a new continent with the same over-brimmed, bubbly and eager enthusiasm that not only brought me in to cycling but made me fall in love with sport as a child – I was, as always, beyond excited to race.