You may remember our article from a couple of weeks ago about The Stoepedist Week, with six cyclists aiming to ride the routes of five Classics in just seven days – well, to borrow a line from The Italian Job (the original movie, naturally), “Have you heard, sir? They’ve done it!”
The group – Bicycling editor at large Bill Strickland, photographer Chris Milliman, David Alvarez, Jeff Lockwood, Mark Taylor and Belgian pro cyclocross rider Ben Berden – began their adventure last Sunday by riding the parcours of Gent-Wevelgem and finished on Saturday Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
On the way, they also tackled the routes of the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Amstel Gold, for a total of 1,263 kilometres in the saddle.
The journey was undertaken on Stoemper bikes – Alvarez, along with Todd Gardner, is one of the men behind the brand, which is now branching out from cyclocross into road bikes. Clothing was supplied by Castelli, with other backers including ENVE and Easton.
Some of the action from what was always going to be a tough week - and one that presumably will leave the particpants saddle sore for a while to come - is captured in the videos below from Stoemper.
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.