Liverpool's Leeuwenhart

Remember Them

Remember Them

St George's Hall, Liverpool - illuminated in the colours of Belgium

 

Cycling is a way of life in Belgium and the wider cycling community has a huge presence there. The tragic events in Brussels this week have brought those global issues very close to home. Many of us have a number of good friends and colleagues there, and anyone who knows anything about bike racing appreciates how much time bike riders spend in airports - and in particular Brussels Airport. Even I have passed through that airport on numerous occasions, and sat by that cafe at the scene, sharing a coffee...


Hard breaks & heart-shaped aches

Hard breaks & heart-shaped aches

Another hectic week for Wanty-Groupe Gobert's Lion of Crosby, with races in Belgium and Holland. More mixed fortunes with team podium places and a best finish of the season so far, resulting in some rather random prizes and a heart-shaped scar...

 

The Wanty-Group Gobert BlueTrain

As the build up to the Cobbled Classics starts bike races get busier and busier and the races come in quick succession. This is evidenced by the fact that in the last ten...


Tripel Trouble

Tripel Trouble

Three tough races in a week for our very own Lion of Flanders - here's the inside track on Mark McNally's week in Belgium with Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert...

 

 

Well it’s been a busy week, starting with Le Samyn - which is one of the lesser know Semi-Classics, but is just as hard as many of its more well known cousins. The race began with a few tarmac climbs before moving on to five open and challenging laps, including two...


Race Starts & Rice Tarts

Race Starts & Rice Tarts

Back from the Middle East and getting over his jet-lag, we re-join Mark this week prepping for his first European race of the season - Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, one half of the famous Belgian "Openings Weekend".

Well the recon for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was a stark contrast to the warm climes I left in Oman.  Still a little sleep deprived from travel I woke at the crack of dawn on a crisp and cold Belgian morning feeling a little bit under the weather.  I made my way to the house of my team manager Hilaire Van Der Schueren, which is located at the...


Bike *bags & jet lags (*boxes)

Bike *bags & jet lags (*boxes)

Last week we left our caped-crusader feeling his legs a bit atop the end of stage one of the Tour of Oman.  Since then he's spent more time than he cares for on planes and in airport lounges. He's also apparently been granted Belgian Citizenship by his team.  The ongoing saga and the glamorous lifestyle of a pro bike rider on tour continues ...

 

Goats - on the way to the start in Oman

Many people who look at cycling from the outside see us racing in all these exotic places and assume...