Sunday is a day of rest. Not so if you're a cyclist. For today is the day that many of us will go long. We will measure our courage, character and resolve against kilometres clocked, metres risen and elements thrown down.
Today is the day we show our mettle, signify our intent and fulfil our cycling wanderlust. Today is Sunday.
The Sundays of Spring also mark the beginning of the European cycling season. They are not days of rest. Far from it. For throughout March and April, brave riders will don their new liveries to challenge themselves in thrilling one-day races known as the Spring Classics. Races such as the Strade Bianchi, Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are not competitions typified by marginal gains, watts-per-kilo or stifling tactics. But by bravery, suffering and, very occasionally, luck.