The Cycle Show is a one of those annual events that everyone in the cycling community tries to make. In many cases it's a chance to catch up with other folks you know in the cycling community than about visiting stands. Of course looking at the latest novelties and having the chance to see some of our top cyclists is a draw in itself. This year, for the first time the show was not held in London. Instead, the NEC Birmingham was the venue for the event. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to travel all the way there, especially as I wasn't convinced of the use in me going. In the end I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and I went there on the Trade/Press Only day, with no expectation. The train ride from London to Birmingham International was quicker than I had imagined so it almost felt like travelling locally! At the NEC I made a number of connections - mainly in relation to women-specific items and future cycling events, so the trip was beneficial to me after all.