The pro peloton won't be hitting the famous bergs of Flanders on Sunday, but we can still pretend we are hammering across the cobbles and sharp climbs of De Ronde Van Vlaanderen. PEZ on the tough climbs of Flanders.
Rider Interview: Last, but certainly not least, in our series of interviews with riders from the CCC team is the top man himself; Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet. Greg looks back at 2019 and looks forward to 2020, the Classics and the Olympics... We also talk babies!
Book Review: Belgium: it's an odd place. A country put together from pieces other nations didn't really want, it seems resigned to an eternal identity crisis. But beyond this historic and political mess, there is a remarkable sporting story - cycling and the Flemish, described by author Harry Pearson as “a grand romance.”
Rider Interview: Eamon Lucas - a Californian boy who has swapped the sunshine and surf for the rain, mud and cobbles of Flanders in the next part of his varied career. From US junior national team to 'fixie' crits, stage race wins and on to the Flemish kermis circuit. Ed Hood has a word with Eamon.
After the craziness of chasing De Ronde, Mark McGhee goes for a ride to find a different craziness... the craziness of Belgium. On his 100 kilometre ride, Mark takes in some of the iconic climbs and cobbles of Flanders, all in preparation for an evening of Belgian food and drink for our voyeur pleasure of course.
The Tour of Flanders is a legendary event. The steep nasty bergs, the cobbles, the weather, the passion of the fans - it's classics racing at its best. Every year before the pros put on their big show, thousands of amateurs get their chance to strut their stuff on these mythical roads and in 2012 the Pez himself was lined up amongst them to experience it all himself. Here's his story from that magical day.
A show of hands amongst the PEZ-Crew says this is our favorite week of the cycling year: cobblestones, nasty bergs, cold winds and all kinds of kind of weather set the stage for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. PEZ is there, and Lee Rodgers filed this report after a day on the bike and night on the beers...
Very few climbs in modern bike racing can still bring a bike racer to his knees. With the evolution of intelligent gearings, the steepest climbs have been tamed, well, as much as they can be. The Koppenberg, however, defies all technological advances and takes us back to a time when plodding upward on foot was just as common as pedaling.
Better known as the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling museum, a few hours spent here is a must for any true cycling fan visiting Belgium. Add in riding the famous cobbled bergs of the Tour of Flanders route, some fine Belgian beer, and meeting a Belgian legend and you've got a perfect weekend.