At the end of the year I am completely in the next season in my thoughts. There is not much time, although one could expect that cyclists are more »free« in this period. Only rarely I have the time to think about the past; usually only if someone asks, or like in this present case, when I receive an invitation to an award-giving event for this year. In December I was invited to three such events but could not attend as I was preparing in the “warm” regions with my club.

I received the first award for special achievements in road cycling from the Slovenian Cycling Federation at the end of November at the Ljubljana Castle, where the traditional Evening of the Stars event was held.  Then, a week later, I received the Marjan Rožanc Award given by the City of Ljubljana for outstanding sporting achievements. Last week I also received the award for special achievements presented at the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year event by the City of Ljubljana. Today, due to my absence, I will not be able to attend the reception of athletes with the President of Slovenia Borut Pahor. However, I am very proud of all the awards, as I am aware that in Slovenian sport the competition is strong, which means that every achievement is even more valuable. I would like to thank the organisers for their trust and at the same time apologise for my absence.