Tuesday, 29 March 2011

D-day is upon us

We shall fight them on the beaches and run away like big scared girls. Yes my fellow cyclists, Flanders is upon us. It my all time favourite time of year. The spring classics are well underway. Already we've had a rather mellow Paris-Nice. A scintillating Tirreno-Adriatico and legendary edition of Milan - San Remo to name but a few. I was personally gripped by the thoroughly exciting Kuurne-Brussells-Kuurne and Omloop Het Niewsblad. These races are both run over pretty much the same Bergs as my all time favourite, Den Ronde Van Vlaanderen. Only last weekend in an unusual move from its usual midweek position, the Ghent-Wevelgem saw the King of Belgium win - Mr Tom Boonen. Is he the on form rider? or will Spartacus rule supreme again. After his showing in the E3 Prijs, my money is on Fabian Cancellara.

But this year i am even more excited. Having visited the legendary race previously, i will be actually riding over the fabled cobbles on Saturday 2nd April in the RVV sportive. Yes i am going to attempt to ride the route(along with 17000 other fools) and my club Gruppo Sportivo Gazzetta. All in matching kit, we will look fabulous as we sit at the bottom of the Koppenberg and cry. The bike has been fettled and fitted with wider tyres ready for the cobbles. Now i just have to convice my body to play ball.

On Sunday 3rd, we will take out place on the bergs and watch the pro riders do it!

I would just like to say, Good luck to all those attempting the sportive and chapeau to the pro riders who make it look too easy.

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