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, 6 January 2011

Tod Cross

For me Tod cross has a lot to answer for
1. the pain in my thighs from Sunday
2. the cost of a cross bike and sets of wheels
3. the cost of a road bike
4. a turbo trainer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5. a new wardrobe of cycling kit

Of course I cannot blame the above entirely on the Tod cross race - Crossjunkie must accept his role in the above.
Just over two years ago over a few beers Al suggested a gentle race just down the road that would be quiet and ideal to ride my mtb as the organiser was Chipps from Single track. MM as a lined up to sign on with over 100 others I stood behind some guy in full GB kit!!! A lamb to the slaughter.
However there have been some positives
1. a cross bike
2. a road bike
3. a turbo trainer - haha only joking
4. two stone lighter
5. some very nice team kit
6. meeting some great people who like getting muddy
7. Jo's cakes
A viral infection put pay to much of this seasons cross races so it is with a distant gaze my sights are set on next season. My aim is to get a little lighter and to try and do two races per month.
Soon the Uncle John will be stripped down and off for a fresh paint job (the frame is looking a touch battle scarred)and the road bike will be taken down from its hook ready for some Sunday morning rides - mm I can smell the coffee already, though I am getting an urge to try some mtb racing again.
So I hope that 2011 will be a great year for all HCtB members and I look forward to meeting you on the road or cross course.
Oh and if Al ever suggests a quiet race that will be fun you have been warned!!!!!


  1. Highly recommend entering some of the Nutcracker series mtb races.
    Improved my technical side no end and was a good platform for 3px

  2. Ta for the cake mention :) When I see a cross bike I don't think 'mud' - I think 'cake' LOL