It’s four years now since the season which would ultimately change British cycle sport forever kicked off with the 2012 Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
That race in itself proved to be enthralling – former Team Sky man Simon Gerrans giving Orica-GreenEDGE a winning start to WorldTour racing by the smallest of margins from Alejandro Valverde.
But it was what was to follow in the summer which propelled British cycling to the top of the world, with Bradley Wiggins’ winning the Tour de France and a wildly successful home Olympic Games – where Wiggins was again among the medallists.
So now, as we head into an Olympic year for the first time since, there is plenty to look forward to – from a Brit in the rainbow jersey (just like in 2012) and some intriguing racing in the offing this year.
It will be the end of an era for many too, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) looking to end illustrious careers on a high.
So what should you be looking out for this year, and which events should you simply not miss?
Here’s why we can’t wait for the 2016 season to begin…