The Tour of Britain has come along way since Scotland's Ian Steel beat a field that included a young Jimmy Savile to become its first champion in 1951.
In fact, it has come a long way since 2004, when it returned to the sporting calendar after a five-year break following Prudential's decision to end its sponsorship of the race.
This year it is back up to a week in length, travels from south to north and visits nine new venues, including Somersetís Exmoor.
In fact, it feels like it is back to where it was when I first saw it as an 11-year-old in Chelmsford. It was the Milk Race back then and I'm fairly sure Malcolm Elliott won that day as he is the first cyclist I remember liking. I also remember a big crowd and reasonable coverage in the papers the next day.
Elliott, however, was soon usurped in my affections by Robert Millar, largely because of his Tour de France heroics, cool jersey and funny Ready brek advert.
In some ways you could argue that has been the Tour of Britain's problem over the years. It's good but not as good as other countries' races.
Financial mistakes and the dominance of other sports in this country haven't helped but the British race has struggled to get out of the shadow cast by the continent's Grand Tours. Even this year, when the Tour of Britain is bigger and better than ever before, it has to play second fiddle to Le Tour's Grand Depart from London in July.
That's a shame because the Tour of Britain news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oth... deserves better.
Give or take a wrong turn or two last year, the race is a well run affair, liked by the riders, the sponsors and road racing's loyal band of British fans.
And I think that message is slowly getting out there. Not just in this country but with cycling's powers that be.
Last year's field was pretty strong considering the Tour of Britain was up against the Vuelta and the Tour of Poland, and this year's field is going to be of a "similar strength", according to the organisers.
It has also been given an extra day at a time when the UCI, cycling's governing body, is trying to take days off the overcrowded European calendar. The tour's organisers say this is a reflection of the race's reputation and British cycling's recent successes.
They will ask for another day next year and are hopeful of getting it. From there they will be asking for a step up in category and importance.
As long as they maintain their side of the bargain and look after the riders, keep their media and commercial partners happy and keep an eye on the race's finances, there is absolutely no reason why the Tour of Britain can't become a ProTour-quality event within a few years.
I hope they pull it off. This country merits a national race commensurate with our new-found status news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oth... in the cycling world.
It would be nice to think that Tour of Britain winners won't be automatically jettisoned for Tour de France stars by impressionable 11-year-olds in the future.