All of us cyclists here in Greenville think it is a great place to live and ride. It is. However, it doesn’t take many moments of viewing the Ronde van Vlaanderen — for us, the Tour of Flanders — in Belgium to know that it is a cycling crazed place! Over a span of seven to ten days the two worlds meet as several Greenvillians have made there way across the pond to see — and particpate in — European racing.
Foremost, of course, it George Hincapie. After a solid finish of 6th in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, he is now eying April 11th’s, Paris-Roubaix. There will be some American flags being waved by supporters from his home town.
You can follow George with the guys along with Rich Hincapie at the HincapieSports.com blog. Steve Baker is passing along some photos from the trip Rich is taking with friends. Looks like they are having a blast!
In addition to his father, Rich has a few traveling companions from Greenville in tow. Knowing this crowd, they are horsing around, riding, drinking and laughing their way through Belgium. We can’t wait to hear some of the stories about their adventures. This trip marks the first time several of them have ridden the cobbles. Let’s hope the newbies keep it upright in the saddle. At least they are smiling in the pictures we see. — Steve Baker
You can read more and see more pictures at Hincapie.com/blog.
I’m also enjoying following another blog of some friends just out to have a good time riding their bikes in Belgium. Several of them are my teammates. They even had to opportunity to wear their POA colors in action with Rodney taking a 16th place overall and 4th in the Masters division. Way to go, Rodney!
The first climb, the Kluisberg, was paved and not too bad at under 800m, but number two was the Knotenburg which in english means “my first gel wants to get a second taste, and big guys don’t always go up hill slow, as Windjammer no 1 decided to check out. ” 5k later the first cobbled climb, the Kwaremont at 1600m, was the wake up. I learned how to ride a bike again! Lean forward to pull on the bars, back wheel comes up, not good! I might add that we did have the best conditions possible fo the epic ride with 20 mph wind, pouring rain almost all day and cobbled sections flowing with water and mud! Read more here.
My only regret is that there isn’t more to read! It is going to be hard to keep these guys quiet when they get home. Then again, I’ll be all ears!