Flanders Cyclo. Who's going, and…
I’m considering this
as it says “I’m from Yorkshire and I love Flanders”. I saw it in their shop last week and it really caught my eye. To be worn on my summer bikes, beer and chips tour of Flanders with my mate. Being from Yorkshire it also appeals more than your choice as it’s half the price 🙂Posted 4 years agokennypSubscriber
We did it last year and rode every hill but the Koppenberg, as mentioned above. Yes some hills were busy but that just added to feeling like a pro I guess, at least in my little fantasy world it did.
We rode the Koppenberg the day before though, along with a few of the others.
This year we are doing Amstel. Will go back and do RvV soon though.Posted 4 years agotthewSubscriber
I’m going with a group of workmates, who are one by one getting the excuses in for not riding, but going on the piss in Ghent instead, (broken hand? Pah, they’re only a few cobbles!)
Only doing the medium one, but on my singlespeed to make up for that. I bought the organiser a pair of the On-One Flandrien socks as a thanks. That’ll have to do.Posted 4 years ago
I started about 7:30am last year and I don’t think it got above zero for the first 100 miles!
The roads aren’t as busy these days as they are now limited to a mere 16000 riders. I think one year there were over 21000!!!
Doing the long route normally means the hills are pretty clear by the time we hit them. Never had to get off before although came close last year with the wet patch on the Koppenberg causing a few to topple.Posted 4 years agogarySubscriber
I did it on my cross bike (with slicks) one year – normally take a bog standard road bike though. You see people on all sorts of things, of all sorts of vintages, so just take something that isn’t going to fall apart with a bit of vibration 🙂
The saturday route used to be more or less the same as the race route, but with a bit of cycle path action in places. Now that there are finishing circuits that repeat some of the hellingen, it is a bit different (not bothered to actually look at the differences).
I’ll be there on the 134km ride, ti Serotta, pink and blue JMJ Cycles jersey if the weather is nice!Posted 3 years ago
CX or road bike – doesn’t matter. Flanders’ cobbles are smooth compared to Paris-Roubaix.. nothing to trouble any road bike.
I’ve done it twice on a carbon Colnago with 23mm tyres.
Lots of people will say ‘Oh you must use 25mm or 28mm tyres.. blah blah’ ‘You should use a CX bike’ blah blah..
It’s all nonsense.Posted 3 years ago
OK so I also accosted a bloke in that Morvelo Flanders jersey and felt a bit of a wally when he turned out to be a Dutch bloke who’d never heard of STW. But it was a cracking day out…
Anyone thinking about doing it next year, don’t hesitate. Plan it in. 14th Saturday of the year. Apparently.Posted 3 years ago
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