Ed Roadside in Belgium: From the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, Ed's gang of 'Race Chasers' moved a little down the road for the second race of the Belgian opening weekend - Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and more cobbled action. A stunningly dry day for a northern Classic, but that wouldn't 'dampen' the atmosphere.
Ed Roadside in Belgium: You know when the season proper has started when your inbox is full of photos of cobbles and cold bike riders from Belgium with the name Ed Hood on the email. First up was the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, but the Classic weekend started on Friday night in Gent for Ed and his gang.
Race Report: Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) dominated the finalé of the week-end's second race - Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The Dane broke away with Boris Vallée (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) with 12 kilometres to go. Two kilometres later Asgreen was solo and heading for victory, holding off the baying pack on his heels.
Race Report: In a two-man fight for the line in the first big Classic of the 2020 season - Het Nieuwsblad - Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven got the better of a very strong Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck - Quick-Step). The Belgian race was its usual end-to-end battle with Stuyven and Lampaert together at the finish in Ninove.
Race Preview: The 'warm up' races are over and now the 'proper' racing starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Hard races for hard men of the road, steep climbs and cobbles, plus the weather can be decisive. Ed Hood will be 'Roadside' at the weekend, but here is his PEZ Race Preview.
Copenhagen '6 Days': Ed Hood couldn't miss the last '6 Day' of the 2019/20 season in Copenhagen. A full six days was not possible in the Danish capital, but three is better than none and the winners were dominant. The City of the little mermaid is one of Ed's favourites, as he always says "wonderful, wonderful..."
Bremen '6 Days': The final three days of any '6 Day' should be the most exciting and the 2020 Bremen event was not a disappointment. Ed Hood was track side (the inside) for the climax as he worked away helping out the riders before the '6 Day' circus rolled up the big top to move on to Berlin for the final event of the winter season.
Bremen '6 Days': Ed Hood has moved on from the final night in Rotterdam to work the full 6 days in the German City of Bremen. Loud music, bright lights and fast racing on the new boards of Bremen, Ed was there for all the razzamatazz and 'Party Time', but there are riders to look after and that camper to sleep in. The fun of the track centre.
Rotterdam '6 Days': The '6 Days' season seems to be getting shorter every winter, it certainly has been a curtailed activity for Ed Hood. This year he flew into Rotterdam for the final night before moving on to Bremen. Here is Ed's report from the Rotterdam trenches.