A couple of months back I embarked on quite a natty little journey for xcracer.com.
I started at Albstadt and ended with Zakelj.
Here I have grouped this nine-stage journey from A to Z, through cross-country mountain biking, for your reading pleasure.
Each letter is a tasty bite-size morsel, and there’s plenty of pretty pictures.
A, B and C
A World Cup venue in Germany, a young XC star who is sadly no longer of this earth, and the course that will host the opening round of the 2014 British Cycling XC Series.
D, E and F
The changing nature of XC courses, an amazing father figure, and two of the coolest chaps in the sport.
G, H and I
A city in China, a town in Belgium and a Scottish star of the future.
J, K and L
Olympic Champions, a GB power house and a not-to-be-forgotten face.
M, N and O
The Dutch Queen, The World’s current King, and a retiring stalwart of British XC.
P, Q and R
A sparkly Italian who was a World Cup, World and Olympic Champion, crazy cool race venues, and super talented Aussie.
S, T and U
A Cyclocross legend, the ‘Elder Statesman’ of European XC, and the future of the sport.
V, W and X
Technological development, World Cup racing USA-style, and the baby of the sport.
Y and Z
Top young guys and gals, and a World Cup overall winner.