April, 3rd just another Saturday with unstable weather. Waiting in Brussels Zuid for the next train. Had one "Energy bar" with the label "Praline intense" as breakfast. Already running one hour late due to Thalys service delay... (Look carbon frame, DA 7400 group set, Brooks saddle, Vittoria Pave tubs on Campa Lambda rim)
Warm up 10 km to the start in Ninove, the first 30 km were a nice up and down, than things started to get serious, cobbles. And it turned out the problem on the cobbles was not uphill but rather downhill. The shift of weight onto the hoods caused the steering bar to turn downwards. Yeah, good old 1990 Dura Ace stem requires extra long 6 mm tool. With support (Bedanket!) of a Flemish I managed to get my bar up again.
But things got harder Leberg, Berendries, Tenbosse and than this sign "Geraardsbergen".
Yes, this means Muur-Kapelmuur. Above shown is the place where humans start pushing and Cancellara starts attacking. This is about 20% uphill and once people in front of You get off the bike You run risk of losing momentum and pushing yourself. So at least I got two pictures of the Muur.The finish in Ninove. RVV is not a race with timings, basically it is about the hellingen, where one can/has to go full power. Most run on small streets, major street crossings will be temporarily blocked for the cyclists.
Church 100 metres behind the finish line, so one can take the time (14:20). Another 10 km roll-out to Liederkerke train station for the return.
After the race is before the race: Retro Ronde end of June 110 km.
So this was actually just a test run for the Old Look frame with DA 7400 8-speed.