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.
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Flanders Classics Day 3: Ed and the gang topped off their busy weekend with the cobbles and frites of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday - typical Flemish fare for a 'race chase'. All the fun of a bike race: Bike spying, mechanic stalking, star spotting and the donkeys, but no glitzy presentation. Proper Flanders.
The cobble season starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then rattles into Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday. Make no mistake, these races are for the hard men of the roads and if you win one you will never have to buy a beer in Flanders for the rest of your life. Ed Hood looks back at his visits to the 'cobbles weekend' from 2010 to 2015.
Race Report: The first weekend of northern cobbles have jarred the bones, shaken the senses and quickened the pulse. It's only a month until Flanders, and Roubaix! Today's 2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne revealed some very interesting shows of strength from certain teams; for others, a lot of work to be done and a few hard truths to hear.
Race Preview: Het Nieuwsblad kicks it all off on the Saturday then the following day the circus moves south to Kuurne for the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The race has similarities with ‘big brother’ the previous day; it’s on the 200 K mark and it ventures into the Flemish Ardennes above Oudenaarde and PEZ will be roadside.
Bar l'Ecluse, Ronse on a February Sunday afternoon and the tattooed guy is drinking beer and playing pool; just like last year. The big TV up in the corner tells as that there are 48 K of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne to go - that's an hour of racing but already we're saying; 'bunch sprint.'