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.

Monday, 16 November 2009

If you go down to the woods today........

Rich leading Alan through the woods

No racing scheduled for the weekend so an opportunity to brush up on and add new skills to our metaphorical tool box. Rich, Alan and myself met up on Sunday morning to throw in some off road training and scout a potential venue for staging a race.
In three's they come (building lego Starwars ships has lasting effects!!). Friday night and I was fitting new brake blocks in my froglegs, when the bolt on the block holder just sheared off, no spares were to be found, lucky Alan has loaned me a set of the latest canti's on the market - well that's what he told me. He also gave me a contact for spares who has been able to supply a new one.
A meal out on Saturday night had dire effects on my digestive system in the early hours of Sunday, coupled with an early morning (5am) run to Manchester Airport a training session, with two faster riders, was seeming not the best idea.
The 3rd came in the form of a broken link on my chain ten minutes into the ride. Alan stoically rode home for a chain splitter and Rich and I coasted to the cafe to wait. Neither of us had any cash so no frothy coffee for Alan's efforts. You can see we were a well prepared trio, no chain splitter is forgivable, but no cash for coffee is a school boy error.
Hurdles, dismounts, remounts were practised with gusto - you don't feel as daft when there are three of you running and jumping onto your bikes!
A final couple of fast laps to finish - my legs died on the first lap so I pottered round as Rich and Alan blasted off in the distance and that was the session completed.
Wash and lube and then feet up.........................................

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