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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. 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.