I’m hoping for better legs and luck on the cobblestones today at the Wim Hendricks Trofee.
Cycling is unforgiving; through the course of a race, one must play every hand perfectly just to reach the finale, then, at the end, the winner is decided in a crucial test of strength and wits. Racing over the past 4 days at the Arden Challenge, I struggled to make the right decisions. Riding with good form in my favourite terrain, I eliminated myself from the running in the first three stages...
I am off to Belgium for the Ardennes Challenge, a four day stage race in the hills of Wallonie.
Tomorrow, I am racing the Wouden Klassieker in Friesland. I was fifth there last year and am looking forward to having another crack at the race. A strong wind is forecasted and they have added some more stones to the parcours so a real fight is sure to be in store.
As a racer, one cycles between days of extreme stress and intense relaxation; today, I was glad to sleep in, spin my legs lightly and take the rest necessary to recover from a heavy weekend of racing. On Saturday, I rode the Omloop van de Braakman, a 170 kilometre race in Zeeland. The parcours was chock full of cobblestones, 19 sectors in all, and exposed to a strong wind that blew in across the...