If you are an avid follower of cycling, you would have noticed around late October all live cycling disappears from your television screens. You are at a loss with what to do every Sunday afternoon from October to January. Those short but vital few months in-between the live action are probably the most important months of the year for professionals. Every training ride and interval session is planned and analysed so your next race, season target, goal is achieved.
The 2016 season finished a lot later than previous season’s, so the time between racing finishing and racing starting again in 2017 has been a lot shorter than the norm. My team, Canyon//SRAM went to Australia, where they raced the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans road race. I wasn't part of the team that went to Australia. Instead of going 'Down Under' I was meant to be participating in the Tour of Qatar which was planned to take place on the 31st to the 3rd February but that was unfortunatly cancelled last month, so I have spent the whole of January in Girona and will be here until late February, training, readying my self for an exciting 2017 season to start, for me, at Le Samyn des Dames on the 1st March.