Saturday, 7 May 2011
Tour of Flanders etc.
Here we are again then Chaps. Another post explaining my lengthy absences and my adventures in the interim. I'll major on 2 things, I think...
1) I've now moved to Scotland. For those of you considering it, I can tell you that moving house 120 miles away and job in the course of a weekend with 2 dogs in tow is not easy. It really eats into your blogging time.
2). The Tour of Flanders Sportif ride will, I imagine, be of much more interest to you!
I travelled over with Fraser Kynaston, who's taken some cross photos of Belgians in the past, with the intent that both of us ride. He, however, was claiming an allergy to antibiotics he was taking (or to cycling long distances, I forget which), leaving me to tackle the 260km on my own.
Lining up in Bruges Markt at 0700 on the saturday morning, a number of things struck me. Firstly, pre registration had been a waste of time the queue of people buying entries on the morning was moving at least twice as quickly as my own. Two, that really was Joe Parkin lining up behind me and finally that the fame of the Belgians is spreading. The jersey attracted comments from 2 other British cyclists before the off.
I had typed out an essay on the days cycling but it was waaaay too long and can be summarised thus. Yes, I was directed the wrong way and rode an extra 15km. Yes, I lost my fancy HRM/Computer on some cobbles. Yes, I have total admiration for the Vittoria Paves. Yes, I lost both my bottles on cobbled descents. Yes, I snapped my chain on the Muur. Yes, I ended up looking like this
Yes, it was awesome and I'm going back!
Posted by Phil at 12:13