Pezcyclingnews: The Pez Belgian Road Trip!


Jan 3, 2005
As part of his continued Spring Classics trip with Velo Classic Tours our man Mark McGhee has been out riding the Belgian cobbles that included the Gent-Wevelgem parcours and its famous bergs whilst being followed around by pro photographers on motorbikes, been up close to the pros at the Scheldepris race and hung out in VIP comfort in between. Life’s tough as Paris Roubaix approaches!Today we rode out of Flanders on our way south, in preparation for Paris Roubaix. Belgium is a relatively small country but as soon as you cross into Wallonia, the French-speaking enclave, it feels as if youve arrived in a different country quite literally and absolutely instantly. You pass the Welcome to Wallonia board and from that point on everything including shop names and road directions become French. Even our destination of Tournai, the oldest city in Belgium, has more than one name (Doornik in Flemish) and the locals speak a particular Picard dialect of French.Brakethrough Media making us look greatIt was another 100km+ day of riding with a few cobbled sectors that our Velo Classic Tours host Pete has forgotten aboutand the first section was enough to rattle your fillings loose. With Roubaix coming up it would be good to recap the last couple of days. We rode the Gent-Wevelgem course on Monday and Tuesdays ride was a real treatwe had two professional bike photographers, Iri Greco and Jim Fryer from Brakethrough Media, shadowing us all day and doing their very best to make us...

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