Seeing, riding, and experiencing the Spring Classics is something every true fan counts on his bucket list. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, knows how it's done, and shares some insider tips on how to make the most of this trip to Belgium.
As part of his continued Spring Classics trip with Velo Classic Tours our man Mark McGhee has been out riding the Belgian cobbles that included the Gent-Wevelgem parcours and its famous bergs whilst being followed around by pro photographers on motorbikes, been up close to the pros at the Scheldepris race and hung out in VIP comfort in between. Life's tough as Paris Roubaix approaches!
2nd Annual OPQS Fan Day Fast Approaching! Sunday, June 2nd.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team wants to remind you that it will be hosting the 2nd annual "OPQS Fan Day" on Sunday, June 2nd. Our team is always trying to get closer to our fans. We believe our fans are a big part of our system and our success. That is why we are working on creating these kinds of events and always thinking of a new way to involve the fans — as they are a part of the team — as much as we can.
As of today, May 27, through Wednesday, the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team is hosting in Belgium near Wevelgem — the headquarters of the team — for the third time a "Talent Training Camp" devoted to the U23 and junior riders. Thirteen young riders coming from different countries are involved this year on this project. These riders will get the chance of a hands-on, internal experience with Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team.
You can relive the exciting experience to become part of Team Lampre Merida during the classics in the Belgian campaign of this year. Technical details explained directly by the managers of Merida, regarding the latest news about the bikes, an overview of the means described by the insiders of the team and so much more wait you! Enter in the world of Merida in a way never seen before!
Roadside: All eyes have rightly been focused on Italy this week, but in between yesterday's fantastic race and tomorrow's Roadside report from Ale, we'll take a quick trip back to Belgium for a little photo essay of a classic midweek race in Belgium - the Nokere Koerse.
You can't keep a man like Ed Hood away from the races. Every year, as the Belgian opening weekend approaches, the tickets are booked, and he's there, like clockwork. Let's take a look back at Ed's day chasing and watching the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, or Gent-Gent as the classicists prefer.
It’s that time - the Tour Down Under has been and gone, San Luis is nearly finished, we’re running out of six days (which means I get my life back!) and the Belgian ‘cross supporters are making sure that their scarves, coats and hats are looking pristine for Sunday. It's Cross Worlds time!
Every year, cyclocross gets bigger and bigger in North America, and it’s getting to become the cycling discipline that the “cool kids” do now, with nothing cooler than the Worlds coming to Louisville in 2013. However, there’s a place where cross is soaked deep into the mud like nowhere else, and that’s Belgium. And since I’m living in Belgium for a few months, let’s join the craziness shall we?
There are two ways to do it the day after le Tour; sip over priced coffee at Montmarte and arrive in plenty of time for your flight at Beauvais Airport - or punish the hire car north to West Flanders and find a barrier to hang over.
It's the world's slowest sprint; Sebastian Langeveld and Juan Antonio Flecha are both wasted, small wonder, the Dutchman has been out front for the last quarter of the race on this foulest of days, and the man from Argentina has made a monstrous effort to bridge, over the concrete section and cobbles. They both look over geared as they lunge, swerve, rock and heave towards the line.
Discovery Channel’s Stijn Devolder added one sweet jersey to his growing collection – the Belgian national tricolor. And he did it in style – dropping his breakaways and powering home solo – with a force that not even race fave and Belgian best-boy Tom Boonen could match. Ed Hood was there…
The Giro d'Italia waved a sunny goodbye today to Belgium and heads back to its namesake, but not before a little matter of 193 Wallonian kilometers are contested by what's left of the peloton. The group was thankful to see the sun, but sad to chalk up a few more abandons before the start,...
The Giro starts in Liege, Southern Belgium tomorrow, PEZ man Ed Hood is out there taking his Colt hire car to the limit over the 6.2 kilometre course, with a few well chosen words from Italian Liquigas pro Dario Cioni too.
Question: You’ve got the post-Ardennes classics, Monday morning blues, what do you do? Answer: Find a kermesse, grab a pils and some frites and hope that the sun shines. What’s a kermesse? Pez-Man Ed Hood found, grabbed, and hoped the day after Liege…
The Belgian fans weren’t happy. “They’re praying for rain!” said our driver, ex-Navigators pro, Franky Van Haesbroucke. For the most part, the rest of us were delighted to enjoy a warm, sunny day, speeding across country to catch the action as Paris-Roubaix unfolded.