Videos: Brussels couriers tackle the Tour of Flanders sportive - on a cargo bike

Riders from PedalBXL takes to the hellingen and cobbles - also, video of riding in Europe's most congested city

by Simon_MacMichael   May 2, 2014  

PedalBXL Tour of Flanders Cargo Bike

Anyone who’s done the Tour of Flanders Cyclo – the sportive that takes place the day before the Belgian Monument – will know it’s hard. Following this year’s edition, we unearthed video of Londoner Joff Summerfield tackling it on his penny farthing, now here’s another one of a Brussels-based bike courier doing so on a cargo bike.

The rider’s no slouch either – he’s dropping people on road bikes on some of the cobbled hellingen, or hills, that characterise the race. According to the video, the three entrants from courier company PedalBXL made sure they included cobbles and climbs on their daily delivery routes to get themselves in shape for the event.

Pedal goes Ronde! from ryan le garrec on Vimeo.

We’ve covered the courier company before – they featured in this thought-provoking 20-minute film from 2012, called Brussels Express, about cycling in what is described as “Europe’s most congested city.”

If you haven’t seen it before, it’s well worth watching – and even if you have, it deserves a second look.

Brussels Express from Sander Vandenbroucke on Vimeo.

 

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I definitely need to get one of these bikes for next years Flanders Cyclosportive Smile

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posted by Rupert [83 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 21:29

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that guy passed me at the top of the Taaienberg! I asked him for a beer too

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posted by Oshsan [3 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 21:49

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"Pedal goes Ronde" - that makes my brain go "Arg!". "Pedal goes Rond" would be less painful to a dutch speaker Wink.

posted by Paul J [608 posts]
3rd May 2014 - 9:43

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Cargo bikes with drop bars - that's the future!

posted by Matt eaton [395 posts]
6th May 2014 - 12:41

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