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.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

A Belgian on Islay and Jura

On the last Friday in July, my wife and I headed over to the Isle of Islay for a week of, as Brian Palmer might say, "cycling on the outer edge". The main event was the Ride of the Falling Rain, a 100-mile or less tour of the island. This year Brian P and his fellow organiser (and fellow "Belgian") Jez Hastings chose to add in a prelude with a very informal hillclimb on the Saturday afternoon to supplement the Falling Rain. I've put a full report on the weekend over on the North Cheshire Clarion blog.The presence of HCtB team kit over the weekend drew questions from prospective members, and some obscure looks from real Belgians to boot!

Spending the rest of the week on Islay gave us the chance to spend a lot of time riding, and we managed to get over to Jura for a day - which is even further from the beaten track and the rat race
 than Islay is.

My thanks go to Jez and his family for hosting us during another great week on Islay!

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