February 28, 2014
Enough with racing in the sun, koala’s and camels. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is kicking off tomorrow and so is Spring Classics Season, time to embrace the suck."Vo widder ist alle doagen koers."

Enough with racing in the sun, koala’s and camels. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is kicking off tomorrow and so is Spring Classics Season, time to embrace the suck.

"Vo widder ist alle doagen koers."

February 21, 2014

Montreal, CAN
August 1-17, 2014

Here’s some pictures from my Canada trip, all of the above were shot with either a disposable camera or my phone camera so don’t expect anything high-res.
I think back often to these 2 weeks of cycling and hanging out with amazing people in the great outdoors of the ‘True North’.

I want to thank Amanda for putting up with me for 2 weeks, JR for showing me around the city and the surrounding countryside the guys in the Martin Swiss team, Croix De Fer CC, Bikurious, and anyone else I met along the way.
Pictures from our 2 weekend roadtrips to Vermont are up next.





February 21, 2014
Kortijk, BELJanuary 19, 2014After grabbing third place last year at Velofollies for riding up the Muur van Geraardsbergen on Tacx rollers we decided to try and compete every year, and so we did this year. Very happy to see Brecht showing up as well!I rode the qualifier in 2:15 and the finale in 2:16 taking second place this year (so hopefully first place and bringing home the bike next year). Brecht rode the qualifier also in 2:15 but lost some valuable seconds in the last meters up the Kapelmuur finishing around 2:20.Happy to see a 2/3 Scheldepeleton podium this early in the season :-)Good investment after all, the FxM podium cap!

Kortijk, BEL
January 19, 2014

After grabbing third place last year at Velofollies for riding up the Muur van Geraardsbergen on Tacx rollers we decided to try and compete every year, and so we did this year. Very happy to see Brecht showing up as well!

I rode the qualifier in 2:15 and the finale in 2:16 taking second place this year (so hopefully first place and bringing home the bike next year). Brecht rode the qualifier also in 2:15 but lost some valuable seconds in the last meters up the Kapelmuur finishing around 2:20.
Happy to see a 2/3 Scheldepeleton podium this early in the season :-)
Good investment after all, the FxM podium cap!

February 21, 2014
gruberimages:

Counting down the days until the welcome sight of the Scheldepeloton in Flanders.

I don’t know how to react on a photo on this thing so I just reblogged it.Hoping to meet you soon Jered, Brecht and Bram have been telling some stories about your previous trips to Flanders!See you soon along the Schelde!Lieven.

gruberimages:

Counting down the days until the welcome sight of the Scheldepeloton in Flanders.

I don’t know how to react on a photo on this thing so I just reblogged it.
Hoping to meet you soon Jered, Brecht and Bram have been telling some stories about your previous trips to Flanders!

See you soon along the Schelde!
Lieven.

January 23, 2014
2013. A year in review.

Looking back on 2013, self-reflection was the key.
I am glad that in the end all the negative things I had to deal with in my personal life had such a positive effect on an athletic and professional level.

You could say I was saved by the bike. I would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t met the people I’ve met and work(ed) and raced with.
Life is a lot like bike racing, it involves a lot of losing and little winning but when you do, those small victories last the longest and will get you through losses like nothing else will.

I’ve given up a lot of things in the past year but have been rewarded in return with new friendships, new experiences, a new job, a new relationship.

This year I did not sat back quietly in the metaphorical peloton but took the initiative and went on several break-aways.
I traded my retail management position and all it’s benefits for a life on and next to the bike as a self-employed courier and mechanic, along with all (financial) risk and uncertainties. It took me halfway across the world to ride with an amazing bunch of guys.
I ended up riding over 20.000 km’s, in road/cross/track/TT.
A lot of those kilometers I did on my own because of work, but it’s the bonds made on the bike that got me out to ride even more on the weekends with some of the greatest and most talented guys I’ve met.

It taught me a lot about myself and made me realize that the end is not nearly in sight. Barely there, and I can’t wait what 2014 will bring.


"I’d also been surrounded by a lot of other Cyclists who had delved a lot further into the sport than I ever had, and who had their own personal battles to fight. Some were up against alcoholism, others drugs, depression, or failed relationships. And on more than a few occasions, I heard the term “saved by the bike” quoted. Among all the turmoil, in the maelstrom of a life gone awry, their constant saving grace, the rock on which they could rebuild a solid foundation for happiness, or at least some form of normality – contentment, perhaps – was the bicycle. It was always there for them, silent, trustworthy, reliable, even if many other aspects of their situation weren’t. I wouldn’t hesitate to wager that it still is there for most, if not all of them. I know it is for me, and always will be.

Whenever I need saving, I know where to look.”

January 2, 2014
It’s been a long while since I’ve updated this thing but I’ll be sharing some pictures and stories soon.Here’s a picture of our last ride of 2013 finishing up the Rapha Festive 500. A 30 year old Scheldepeleton tradition that still stands, cycling from Ghent to the seaside and back, this time we went all the way up to Cadzand, The Netherlands facing 6 beaufort headwinds and rain, jolly good fun and echolons.Left to right: Steven, Ron, Danny, Brecht, Thomas, JP, Bram, Yves, Jari, David, Michiel, me, Yann, Wim and PabloStrava activity

It’s been a long while since I’ve updated this thing but I’ll be sharing some pictures and stories soon.

Here’s a picture of our last ride of 2013 finishing up the Rapha Festive 500. A 30 year old Scheldepeleton tradition that still stands, cycling from Ghent to the seaside and back, this time we went all the way up to Cadzand, The Netherlands facing 6 beaufort headwinds and rain, jolly good fun and echolons.

Left to right: Steven, Ron, Danny, Brecht, Thomas, JP, Bram, Yves, Jari, David, Michiel, me, Yann, Wim and Pablo

Strava activity

January 2, 2014
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I don’t dare to put my hand in the fire for Breyne and surely not for Rogers. But it’s not as black and white, not as easy to judge as people nowadays tend to do the moment an athlete tests positive. There’s a large grey area. And that’s what the media and especially the audience tend to forget about. We, athletes, have to make sure we don’t get any banned substances in our bodies. But do you know how hard that is? Two years ago, in Germany, they tested a group of tourists returning from a holiday in China. 22 out of 28 tested positive for clenbuterol, coming from meat they ate during the holiday.

In almost every vitamin pill, in almost all medicine, there can be traces of substances that are forbidden for athletes – simply because banned and non-banned products are made in the same factory. You might have these traces in your body. A pretty high chance even, but you never get tested.

Of course the stupidest thing you can do in China as an athlete is eat meat. We all know the risk. In May I’ll be going to China myself to race, but I will not touch the meat there even with one finger. That doesn’t change my fear of testing positive for something I don’t have a clue of having in my body, though.

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Marijn de Vries » Athletes are not cattle

Blog by De Vries on what it’s like as a cyclist, racing in China and worrying about doping

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Very well written blog entry by Marijn de Vries. Jonathan’s career was only about to jump off and is now facing a live long stigma of ‘doper’. Reading the comments by readers in the Flemish news papers was sickening, hence his suicide attempt. I can only hope Jonathan can grow from this, rise above and claim his innocence. It’ll be hard finding a new team, places are few, takers are many, best of luck.

Another good reason to try and pursue a vegan diet combined with a high level of cycling/racing.

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August 29, 2013

TTT Geel.
I was asked to join in on TTT in Geel last saturday with team Wielertoerist.be

We were set out to start in a 6 man team but half an hour before the start one guy just didn’t show up. We started out with 5, giving each of us less time to recover in the draft. We didn’t have the chance to do course recon and 3 of us nearly got wiped out in the first hard corner, jumping over curbs, screwing up our starting order. Because of that Patrick tried to hang on as long as he could but being behind Jari, a semi pro racer (who won La Laurent Desbiens road race in Northern France the next day!) accelerating hard after every corner he had to let us go. We quickly recovered tho and kept pushing it hard and crossed the finish line in style, 4 in a row.

Team Wielertoerist.be
04/40 teams
12” from the podium.
22km - 28’05” - 47km/h avg
http://www.strava.com/activities/77209959

August 23, 2013
Team FxM, WAOD race Zomergem, BelgiumJune 2013

Team FxM,
WAOD race Zomergem, Belgium
June 2013

August 18, 2013

Seaside ride with steamtrain Ronnie

http://www.strava.com/activities/74880562

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