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.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

2 more events this Spring

Hot on the heels of Olly and his Spring in the Peak Audax info, and without wishing to detract from what will be a great day out on the bike, can I offer the following events for your delectation?

First up, and also run by one of our own merry band, Jason Miles, comes Hit the North.

Held on 12th February, I am told entries are almost full for this cross/29er/mtb extravaganza. So hurry!

A new course this year, evenly balanced so as not to favour cross nor mtb, this 2 hour ride/social/race (delete as applicable) offers 2 hours of unfeasibly good off-road fun, with a laidback Northern vibe including local delicacies in the form of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls and a full brass band to play you round the venue. Highly recommended and easy to get to using the Manchester motorway network.

Details for Hit the North are here

Secondly, by way of an advance heads up and plug for my own informal ride, back by popular demand - the Ronde van Oost Lancashire. Born out of the frustrations of not being able to get to Flanders every year, this pays homage to the cobbles and feel of the classic Ronde van Vlaanderen, but without the need for a boat (for UK Belgians at least).

This year it is on the same day as the Ronde Sportive, Sat April 2nd. Turn up, ride, and enjoy the pave. Last year we had 35 or so - this year I am expecting considerably more...

Details here

And big thanks to Duncan for the artwork for the Ronde poster. Class.


  1. The Ronde looks a fantastic route. Hope I'll be able to make it across on the 2nd.

  2. Planning to be there, outlaws live 'just' over the hill in Keighley, will she suspect summat if I suggest visiting her family?

    Looks like a great event.

  3. I'm in a similar position to John, with my outlaws a mere 15 miles away in Settle. Have just dropped them an e-mail to check they're around that weekend. Fingers crossed!

  4. REALLY fancy this despite there being 100+ reasons not to do it! The first being its 200 miles from my house, but I do have a mate in Wigan I could probably crash with the night before... Lets see what I can pull out of the hat, as I have promised myself some memorable rides this year and I reckon this would be one of them :D

  5. all sorted now. Roll on the cobbledy bits.