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.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Duncan's Designs Mk11
Its been a couple of weeks now without a race in Yorkshire so the Sheffield Stars Go-Cross was a welcome return to racing. The lack of racing had also provided time for the latest example of Duncan's artwork to heal properly! The seed of a HCTB tattoo had been planted some time at the end of last season and now realised thanks to the skills of David at Maganda Tatu. Last season we'd been commenting on how well the 'Running Man' (Erik I think we decided we'd call him, Roger's less well known but more CX successful brother) graphic worked across a variety of media and I reckoned it would even make a good tattoo. So here it is on a media that I don't think Dunc has had his work on before, unless he's keeping quiet about body painting the models at the cycle show ;-)
The course in Sheffield was a fast 'grass crit' affair, big ring, non technical but with a fun muddy bank up-down-up affair that proved easily ride-able with the 33mm Rhinos but seemed to be forcing a few people to run. There were no other 'Belgian representatives on the start line, though G and Winkie made a very welcome appearance together with their better halves Lizzy (+Rex) and Natalie to shout encouragement. After an average start I latched onto a leading group of five or so riders for the first couple of laps, felt fairly comfortable and moved up a couple of places. On the third lap I found I could ride past the others on the muddy bank by riding straight up then contouring across. There was a bit of a bike snarl up behind and all of a sudden I had a nice gap. After hammering it for a few laps on the grass and mud bank I was having one of those 'I can't believe no one has come back' sort of feelings, the chasing group still seemed a good 300-400 yards back and not gaining. And so it remained till the finish! Just found out as I'm writing this that there was a prize giving which I missed so apologies to Martin at Sheffield Stars CC
So first CX win for me and I think for the 'Belgians if crossjunkie is correct. I put it down to the tattoo and Sufferfest training videos (especially 'Revolver') which have made turbo and roller sessions a lot more 'fun'... actually if I'm honest the fact that the Mallory Park National Trophy race was on the same day probably helped to 'thin the field' a little ;-)
BTW Mark T I seem to recall in our original discussions last year some mention of a crate of Belgian beer? ;-)