Dear VeloVeritas Readers,
Sorry for the radio silence recently - I went off-grid a little, needed it after the Tour Down Under, and caught up with the family in Australia. After the TDU I headed from a sunny Adelaide to rainy Cairns before leaving for my home in the Czech Republic - the place to be.
It was quite a journey to get home... Cairns to Darwin, Darwin to Singapore, Singapore to Paris, Paris to Prague and Prague to Ostrava, then a short drive to Frydlant nad Ostravici...
The current state of British cyclo-cross is perhaps similar to how the road scene was before the days of Peter Keen, lottery money, 'the Plan,' David Brailsford and Sky came along. No real development system, just the odd talented individual who forces their way through. The juniors have fared better; with both Stuart Marshall and Roger Hammond bringing home rainbow jerseys. Marshall faded away; whilst Hammond went on to have a long and distinguished road career - with cyclo-cross taking a secondary role in his programme. But the rider who perhaps aroused the most excitement was a tall young man called Chris Wreghitt.
So I've been meaning to put together a blog post of my latest experiences of life here in Flanders. This season has certainly had its ups and downs, but all this seems rather irrelevant after the events of this week. Cycling indeed has its fair share of tragedies and the death of Wouter Weylandt in Stage 3 of the Giro this year is another one added to that list.