Have you got what it takes to become a true Flandrien? A man or woman of steel, a heroic cyclist who never gives up, relishes a challenge and eats pain for breakfast.
Flanders, the heartland of cycling with its wooded hill tops, stunning panoramas and famous historic cities, was waiting for us for an unbelievable experience the first weekend of September. We hit over 40 (!) iconic climbs and cobbled roads of the epic Tour of Flanders in just two days:-)
The Oude Kwaremont, Kluisberg, Berendries, Ladeuze, Foreest, Bosberg, Haaghoek, Kanarieberg, Kapelleberg, Muur van Geraardsbergen, Paterberg and Valkenberg: we conquered them all. Spinning or grinding, each of us according to his/her own strength and pace. A big applause for all PEAK-buddies who joined us! Our real Flandrien of the weekend was Isis: all credits go out to her for her great teamwork, persistence, perseverance and power! We hope the special Tour of Flanders map inspires you even more:-)
We also took a deeper dive into cycling history by lunching at the Center Ronde van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde, which is entirely devoted to the Tour of Flanders. And we certainly did not miss the Monument Karel van Wijnendaele, founder and first organizer of the Tour of Flanders (since 1913). What a great feeling it was to ride down the Ronde van Vlaanderenstraat, where the names of the gods of this amazing sport + the year of their victory are written on the asphalt.
Our post ride evenings started with some well-deserved drinks at our ‘home away from home’: the comfortable, cycling friendly sports hotel HOTOND. At 150 meters, it’s located at the highest point in East Flanders with phenomenal views of the rolling countryside. After a nice and hot shower we finished the days with a special prepared and delicious pasta/rice meal, while replaying the day’s events and looking forward to the next. Of course accompanied by tasty drinks like fresh, homemade lemonade, regional wines ánd some special cycling beers like the Kwaremont; what a treat!
We look back on a fantastic and inspiring weekend with a deep dive into cycling history. The sunny weather was the cherry on the cake, what else could we have wished for? Already looking forward to next year!