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.
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.
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.