As hundreds of cyclists and cycling enthusiasts oil their gears, prime their brakes and fettle away in readiness for the Tour de France spinners across the globe are priming their wheels, carding fleeces and getting ready for The Tour de Fleece.
I tried spinning with a drop spindle last year at a free event at Vauxhall City Farm. I bought a homemade spindle and a bag of mucky fleece to practice on which has been untouched since last autumn. I've signed up as a rookie in the Tour de Fleece which will hopefully give me the impetus to get spinning.
Will I win the coveted yellow jersey? I doubt it but I'll have fun trying.