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, 19 July 2010

Hit the North photos

There were 3 Belgians racing the 8hr Summer 2010 version of Hit the North - Rich and Winkie in the pairs and Alan in solos. Simon Fox and his lad were filming too - look out for the movie soon.....

Jo 'Hanglebads' was on hand to record the shenanegans, sandwiching a 'just trying this on' trip with Natalie to Selfridges in Manchester, in between the action.

To the consternation of the organisers at the running 'Le Mans' start, Winkie (seen in the photos in the yellow top) blithely led the entire field of 150 on a cross country run (minus bikes) for several minutes more than the 30 seconds the organisers had planned. Best to watch where you are really supposed to be going, rather than just keeping on keeping on...... Needless to say there were some slightly breathless individuals at the rear of the field, wondering when they would ever actually get on their bikes!

Winks and Rich rode steadily to record 4th pair overall, narrowly missing 3rd despite a valiant last lap effort from Rich to try and pull back a lap on their nearest rivals.

Al pressed the #fail button successfully but miserably and faded into obscurity and withdrawal after 4 hours. No other solo crossers finished on a punishingly bumpy course which for once was definitely better suited to mountainbikes.

More ramblings soon over on crossjunkie

Link here too for full size images: Hit the North

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