My plans for a sequel to Climbs and Punishment (riding from Paris to Moscow in the footsteps of Napoleon, entitled 'Tour and Peace') were scuppered by my publisher and so that project is very much on hold - ditto my hopes to write an extended biography of Alex Virot, the main subject of my chapter in the Cycling Anthology. I have numerous ideas for other books - many of which, unfortunately, I cannot delve into here for fear of them being swiped from under my rather large nose. But one project on my radar is the 2016 Transcontinental Race - a self-guided and self-supported ride from Flanders to Gallipoli that gets under way on 30th July. My friend Rowan and I have been accepted to ride it as a pair, so watch this space... There is a three-week window available before I'll be covering the Vuelta for Eurosport and so if I can justify the time off with a book deal, some magazine articles and a series of blogs or vlogs, then bring it on! I'd better get started training...