Meeting the champions was a thrill for child and adult alike throughout England this week, and led to television commentators declaring that "the spirit that made the Olympics such a success two years ago is still very much alive today in Britain"...
For many though, whatever the scale of Wiggo, Cav and Froome's achievements as British cyclists, the long shadow of the sport's drug problems remains so impenetrable as to cast such successes in doubt.
Should I wax them, now there's a thought? Either way, I reckon it would focus the mind and I'd feel like a professional, for five minutes at least. So here we go on the next level, what ever that maybe and wherever it may take me.
The red-hot favourites didn't win, but that's road racing. After watching Team Sky's astonishing success at controlling the peloton in the recent Tour de France, it's obvious why the opposition was determined to stifle them at London 2012.
After just one day of the Olympics it is already clear that the coverage will be on all day every day in the background in our flat. It's a strangely familiar scenario, long summer days of sport half watched whilst decorating, writing, reading the paper, or... just about anything else.