Gent-Wevelgem

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I think that by now you know that I’m into cycling. If not, then you probably will after reading this post. Last week I entered competition number 5654648 in order to stand a chance and win the VIP treatment at one of the Belgian races, Gent-Wevelgem. Surprisingly, I did win that invite for two! Since the hubby isn’t into cycling at all, I took my dad as my plus-one. Think food, food, food, cycling, drinks, some more cycling and even more food. We had lunch at a beautiful location (Landhuis ’t Molenhof), up on the Baneberg. The food was good, but it was the location that blew my socks off. From where we were seated in the restaurant we had a beautiful view overlooking the landscape and we could also see the riders pass by. However, when the male cyclists hit the Baneberg twice, I went outside to have a better look and take some photos. I was surprised to see that there were still a few great spots to watch the race. I’m so happy I was able to be part of this for once and so was my dad (look for him in photo number 10). Oh, and kudos to my dad for photo number 9, can you spot me?

Bahamontes

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Cycling enthusiasts are on a high these days with the Ronde van Vlaanderen (which is celebrating its 100th birthday later this year) approaching fast. Add to that the birth of a new magazine focused on cycling and you’re good to go. Let me introduce you to Bahamontes, the newest addition on the magazine shelves in Flanders. Think great photography, typography, interviews and quality print, needless to say I was very happy to get my hands on this over the weekend. I’m planning on devouring every single page when I have a couple of days off from work next week.

If the name Bahamontes doesn’t ring a bell: he (full name Federico Bahamontes) is a former road cyclist, born in Spain. He was a talented climber, which lent him the nickname El águila de Toledo (the Eagle of Toledo).

It’s that time of year again

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Could it be because of the nice sunny weather we had the last couple of days or is it simply that my love for cycling is resurfacing? Either way, I’m a bit giddy about the upcoming cycling season. I know that it has already started overseas, but the first Belgian race is on tomorrow. I’m already looking forward to attending the start tomorrow morning and catching a glimpse of the atmosphere surrounding it. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about cycling in years. The fact that social media has now been fully incorporated into the peloton only adds to that.