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, 13 April 2011


The latest kit order has been received, succesfully netting more willing victims to the way of cross and cobble. So without further a do, here are the guys, some in their own words some not (who can always give us a breakdown to their exploits in the future, at their leisure).

John Parkinson:

"Based in Guiseley, West Yorkshire, nearly 40 and brother (big) of Ben Parkinson. Enjoy all aspects of cycling, but started racing cyclocross (well taking part in cx races), a couple of seasons ago - in both the Scottish and Yorkshire Leagues. Generally not very competitive, with most (read all) races undertaken to date, having been the battle for 'not to be last'!! Occasionally successfully in that quest, I hope to improve my placings over the coming seasons."

Ben Parkinson:
"35 years old and based in Glasgow. Got into competitive riding recently after getting bored with sportives. Now getting by a on a diet of cyclocross and triathlons. Not very fast or fit and carrying more timber than I would like. Enjoy regular racing through the season, although, there is plenty of room for improvement."

Matthew Pixton:
"Bit of an all-rounder ex (crap) road racer, even worse TTer but relative success running(!) the fells at local level. Prepping for a LEJoG later in the year. Three 3 peaks 4:20ish finishes but happily don't have the obsession gene. Probable fave pro cycling moment is Tchmil snapping Museeuw's elastic in the utter hell of 1994 Roubaix. Own a full pint Duval glass."

Nick Waggett:
"Completed first 'cross season this year in the Yorkshire Points Series for Clifton CC (York). Also took part in Hit the North and the RVOL. Aiming to do summer CX series and hopefully Three Peaks as a fully fledged Belgian. Rode the Pyrenean Traverse in 2009 with Belgians' Richard Allen, Mark Bradley and Winkie Thin plus lots of sportives including the Fred Whitton and Etape du Dales. Key contribution to HCTB: knows someone who can get a regular supply of Ghent noses."

Jason Surridge:
"Race cross in north Wales and have a great love of frites and beer (always end up in Belgo when in London)."

Gareth Jones:
An enigma - I don't know anything about Gareth but that's a Welsh name if I can spot one. Hopefully he isn't as good a Geraint Thomas or he'll be tearing our legs off.

Andrew Sinclair:
I know less than half about Andrew as I do about Gareth. So that's not alot :)

David Switzer:
A tiger stripe clad Lune CC rider with a good set of legs and a much appreciated dry sense of humour.

Jarrod Rouhan:
Calls Melbourne, Australia home, so our first fully fledged Australian team member (I stand to be corrected on this). So lets look at the facts, Australian plus Cyclist means we're gonna get smashed in the sprint (I stand to be corrected on this too).

Sean Lester:
I sent his kit to T-Mobile so I have a vision of a mildly freckled, rusty haired individual going by the moniker of 'der kaiser', churning away in the big ring. Oh what am I talking about I haven't got a clue really.

So there we go, all present and correct, welcome to the madness.

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