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.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Hell of North (Cheshire)
I'll start with an apology / acknowledgement: this is most definitely inspired by Alan's Ronde, Duncan's Floubaix and the Saddleworth Clarion L'enfer du Saddleworth.
Photo by Giles Perkins
Now the main event: over at North Cheshrie Clarion, we run both Saturday and Sunday rides. The Sunday ride is the "typical" club run, and the Saturday is slightly shorter and (supposedly) slower. The Saturday attracts a good crowd who often can't make a Sunday, so we've decided to run a few themed rides on a Saturday to add a few extra challenges. The day before Roubaix we're going to run a 40-mile-ish pavé & gravé ride from North Warrington and heading out into the Cheshire countryside (cobbles sections up to 250m long, unmade roads with significantly longer sections) with a cafe stop at Dunham Massey.
The final details (ride maps and cue sheets) are still a few weeks away, but if anyone would like to join us let me know.