Tour of Flanders

Flanders ticked off the bucket list as dream comes true

After all of the trials and tribulations of getting to the start line, the RVV Cyclo threw up some more last minute challenges before being conquered.

After arriving on Friday, the Wife and I headed to Oudenaarde to sign on. The temperature gauge on the car showed no signs of getting into double figures and then the rain started...

Bizarrely you get given your medal when you sign on, but for superstitious reasons I gave it to my wife and wouldn’t touch it until I had earned it.

Sep Vanmarcke’s custom painted Bianchi Infinito CV for Tour of Flanders

LottoNL-Jumbo’s Sep Vanmarcke will be easier to spot in the Tour of Flanders race on Sunday, as he’ll be riding a custom painted Bianchi Infinito CV with a “worn out and aggressive look” paint finish substituting the usual celeste, and his name emblazoned across the head tube.

A Strava Tour of Flanders sportive preview

The Tour of Flanders (Ronde Van Vlaanderen) really needs no introduction, it's one of the most iconic races on the cycling calendar, made famous by its short cobbled hills - hellingen in Dutch - and is one of the biggest sporting events in Belgium. While the professionals race the full 259km from 

Infographic: Team Sky number-crunch the Tour of Flanders

It’s the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, and notwithstanding the absence through injury of Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara, as ever it’s one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the year – it’s also one where Team Sky will be aiming to continue their strong showing over the cobbles this year, and they’ve released an infographic to go with it.

2015 Let's set some goals!

 

After being severely burned by doing my 2013 review early (I fell off the week after and fractured my elbow), I have let the fullness of time elapse this time before looking back, and as importantly, looking forward.

So firstly a slightly belated, Happy New Year to you all in road.cc land. It’s going to be tough to top 2014 in all respects as a quick look back to last year shows. 

Riding a Tinkoff-Saxo Specialized Roubaix SL4 team bike belonging to Michael Rogers on the cobbles of Flanders

It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to ride a team issue race bike, much less one ridden by Grand Tour stage winner Michael Rogers on stage 5 of this year’s Tour de France. Yet that was precisely the fortunate position I found in on this occasion, in the garage underneath the hotel in the centre of Oudenaarde with the Tinkoff-Saxo mechanic adjusting my saddle height and fitting my pedals.

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

WorldTour bike: Peter Sagan's Cannondale Synapse for the Spring Classics

Peter Sagan once again raced Cannondale’s Synapse, first introduced this time last year, at both Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. It’s at these cobbled Classics that we often see special bikes prepared just for the rigours of racing over pavé, and the Synapse was designed expressly for such roads.

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