South African Sean Conway is one of 12 riders competing in the inaugural World Cycle Racing Grand Tour
© Sean Conway
Mike Hall: "People say getting to the start line is the hardest part - they're not wrong!"
© Mike Hall
Jason Woodhouse: "I have no doubt I'll wind up crying at the road side more than once. It's the most demanding test I will have ever put my body through"
© Jason Woodhouse
Stuart Lansdale: "It's the opportunity to do a whistle stop tour of the world at a speed which isn't too fast to miss everything you pass through"
© Stuart Lansdale
Simon Hutchinson: "My biggest challenge is also my main motivation - missing my family and friends. It will only remind me to cycle harder every day to get back to them"
© Simon Hutchinson
Vin Cox: "I have to give the WCR space to do its own thing. The scene will develop and the GBR might be called back into existence if and when the world is ready for it"
© Vin Cox
29-year-old Manx rider Paul Ashley-Unett hopes the Isle of Man's terrain has helped prepare him for the world challenge
© Paul Ashley-Unett
Mark Beaumont's BBC documentary and subsequent book 'The Man Who Cycled the World' planted a seed in the minds of many of the WCR competitors
© BBC/David Peat
Stephen Phillips: "My message to the others is this: there's no need to watch your backs, because I'll be ahead of you"
© Stephen Phillips
For Kyle Hewitt, a 25-year-old from Aberdeen, Scotland, preparation started as far back as December 2010. While he's been training intensively, he's had to squeeze it in around having a child in September, getting married in January and moving house just this week
© Kyle Hewitt