Well - another year, another tour, another circus. Especially for me, I have had a rare haircut and this is the first time I've ever been let loose on Le Tour. It's all been a bit of a last minute rush. The website has just launched with associated hecticness so planning my tour strategy has taken second place - I'm planning on an early attack. This year it's basically getting to grips with how the whole thing works.
Essentially I'm going to be shadowing the seasoned veterans from Procycling, looking at the bikes and hopefully getting an insight in to what goes on behind the scenes. And what a scene it is. Although still early days (I'm writing this on Friday afternoon) London seems to be putting on a good show. Standing on the Embankment waiting for the journos riverbus to take me to Le Tour's in London's dockland HQ it feels as though the city is sailing half of France along the river to Canary Wharf - 3,000 journalists are covering Le Grand Depart.
It really feels like the start of something quite special and it's good to have it happening in London
Being typically English, I adopt an air of detachment and feigned disinterest. However this soon fades when the Europeans get their phones out and started taking photos of the sights. It wasn't long before I too got carried away in the moment - it really feels like the start of something quite special and it's good to have it happening in London.
Anyway today's the warm up day for me. I've achieved the primary goal and somehow managed to get my press accreditation sorted. A dumb face and a stupid grin ground them down, eventually, I also think the advantage of home turf helped a bit.
So bring on the prologue for tomorrow. I think London has done Le Tour proud today lets hope that it can return the favour.
Weather report for tomorrow - Shorts