The more conversations I have with channel bods the more cyclists come out of the woodwork. It really does seem to be the sport of choice for those trying to keep trim while avoiding the demands of team sport schedules.
As a fan of two wheels - as a commuter rather than a Sunday day tripper or sportive rider - it's great to see so many people sharing a passion for such a great sport.
With British cycling doing the best it has for years with Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy doing the business on road and track it is perhaps no surprise that cycling is being dubbed in the channel as the new golf.
With the Olympics coming next year and the Cycling team expected to win a few golds those channel riders can expect to be joined by more colleagues as the two-wheeled bug takes a tighter grip.
All we need now is a channel sportive to get us all out together.
This was first published in November 2011