Oh to cycle through the green heart of England without a car on the road and only the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves and the chirp of 15,000 Garmins.
Well now you can, with the launch of Velo Birmingham. They teased out a video a few weeks back but now it's all systems go, and the date has been announced.
So it is that on Sunday September 24, 2017, the first Velo Birmingham will take place, taking in a 100-mile loop through Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Sandwell and Dudley.
Pre-registration has been open for a while. Long enough for 30,000 people to sign up before the September 28 closing date, which means that a year ahead of the ride you only have a 50-50 chance of actually doing it. At 8am on Thursday September 29 people will be able to enter on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you're unsuccessful or simply can't be bothered with what sounds guaranteed to be a complete pain to enter, there's always the Birmingham Bikefest, the free cycling festival now in its third year that Velo Brirmingham has been hung around.
There's a serious aspect to all this organised cycling, and that is to promote the Birmingham Cycle Revolution, a Birmingham City Council initiative aiming to make cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham over the next 20 years. Through the creation of cycle paths, secure hubs and generally trying to make cycling safer, the council wants cycling to make up 10 per cent of all trips in Birmingham by 2033.
For more information, visit www.velobirmingham.com