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Londoner followed by TV crew from Sporza over bergs & cobbles... & wished "good luck" by a Classics legend...

Remember our story earlier this week about Joff Summerfield who plans to ride parts of the course of the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on his penny farthing? Well yesterday he tackled the first of those - and a film crew from Belgian TV sporza followed him throughout.

You can watch the report - much of it in English - here to see how he got on over the cobbles and bergs as he took part in the Tour of Flanders Sportive alongside around 17,000 other riders.

One fellow cyclist at the start, an Irishman, wishes him "good luck."

"Have you done it before?" asks Joff. 

"Yes," replies Sean Kelly - three times a runner-up at the Tour of Flanders, the only one of cycling's five monuments he never won. 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.