Formed in June 09, Here Come the Belgians is a non-elite anti-team celebrating all things cross, cobbled and Belgian.
Seeking a different experience to the traditional cycling club, its aim is to harness the energy of a vibrant internet cycling community with grass roots racing and riding based around Cyclocross and Spring Classics. There is no race programme in the style of a racing team, more a collection of individual experiences through rides and racing, in whatever location a member may be, that all can share in and contribute toward.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009


I was about to comment that it had all gone a bit quiet in terms of posting on the Belgian front, and then what do you know? The proverbial threesome of public transport....... welcome Jez from Outer Hebrideecestershire!

We Belgians may have been quiet on the racing front (except a for mechanically challenged Rich) but preparations are at fever pitch for this coming weekend for a good chunk of us.

Only cave dwellers will have failed to notice it is 3 Peaks weekend - my own build up was looking good a fortnight ago but has degenerated into cold avoidance on 3 tactical fronts (1 work, 2 at home) and the usual ill-timed domestic crisis. Taper week? More like splutter to a halt week. No matter, the form is in their somewhere, if the viruses don't get to it first..........

Anyways, my secret weapon for Penyghent, the final Peak, was unveiled this week - big fat 34mm FMB tubs, all wrapped in lurvely latex and puncture proofed by yet more kinky rubber, glued on 36 hole trad alloy rims with a dinner plate cassette. They are my only hope against a brutally rocky track and a very suspect and timid downhill technique. Penyghent is a puncture paradise (for tube manufacturers at least) so I hope to avoid being a hapless victim and make it down with a modicum of speed and style.

There are 3 of us riding - Winkie, Rich and myself with Mark SportsArt and possibly Duncan and Gee(?) aiding and abetting. Spare a thought though for Gary who won't be toeing the startline due to an unco-operative back.

Come up and cheer us on - it's a great day out in cracking countryside. The running Belgian will be run ragged on Sunday..........

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