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.

Monday, 12 December 2011

A weekend of new things

Photo thanks to SportSunday

Saturday Al & I headed over to the National Cycle Centre to race in the Madison event at Clayton Vale.
The course was short with some sharp climbs and tight corners and some proper mud!
The format was one lap each rider with a transition area where you could hand sling, tag or push your team mates arse!
Laps were around the 3 minute mark which meant a full out effort each lap and despair as just as your breathing was coming under control your team mate was coming in to the change over area.
we had a good start and we were in third place after the first lap, Al closed the gap down but we never managed to get passed the team in front. Some unfair changes i.e. 5 meters out shout from some teams so us trying to claw back that distance each lap and on a short lap it wasn't happening.
we placed 3 rd overall after what seemed like hundreds of laps and had big smiles on our faces.
free soup, bread roll, coffee and a bottle of water at the new cafe at cycling centre before prizes were presented outside Evans.
the event was great, well organised and the food and prizes (donated by Evans were excellent).
One to put in your diaries for next year if nothing more it was a fantastic interval session. Just needed better judging in the transition area!
Saturday was the first outing for me on tubs, Al has been steadily pushing me towards them for some time and last week a set of FMB super mud's arrived, expertly stuck by Al they were ready to roll on Saturday.
These FMB's are fantastic the grip was excellent and they shed the mud really well, allowing faster cornering and more confidence on the climbs.
Roll on Sunday

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