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FLANDERS: Appreciating the Finer Factors of Belgian Biking Tradition

The Flanders Expertise: Spring has hit Belgium and there’s a pull in the direction of that small north European nation for all lovers of motorbike racing. Ed Hood has barrels filled with the Belgian ‘race chase’ expertise, and shares his eager observance of what makes Belgian biking tradition distinctive, and unattainable to withstand.

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“I’m by no means happier than after I’m writing.”
~ Ed Hood, as spoken to Martin Williamson from the passenger seat, driving alongside a stage route on the Tour de France.

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The papers can be filled with ‘Wielersport’

You’re going to Flanders for the E3, or is it De Ronde? The parcours and begin lists are a cinch, the papers are filled with element.


What concerning the stuff you actually need to learn about The Flatlands? Learn on. . .

No.1 – Eddy!

Sure, Eddy Merckx is a Diety – BUT he’s not Flemish. It was headline information when Eddy and Claudine have been married; the service was performed in French. . . Godverdomme!

That marriage ceremony…

Nevertheless, you’re secure with Tom Boonen, Peter Van Petegem, Johan Museeuw and naturally, Freddy and the late, nice ‘Franky Boy.’ Roger De Vlaeminck’s latest criticisms of Tommeke, WVA, Remco and nearly everybody else bar himself have moderately undermined his widespread standing regardless of his fantastic palmarès. If you happen to’re speaking to older dudes then Rik Van Looy, Ward Sels and even additional again, Briek Schotte will get you approving nods.

The unique Flandrien

Keep away from! As John Wayne would possibly say; ‘tastes prefer it ran offa somebody’s boots!’ Cappuccino? Nee, nee, nee! It’s the above talked about brake fluid with that horrible pressurised cream stuff skooshed on high.

We hope Greg is aware of how you can make a correct cappuccino

Gown code:
As my mentor, adviser on all issues Flemish and PEZ soothsayer, Vik as soon as rightly noticed; ‘you’ll be able to by no means put on the improper factor in Flanders.’

You may by no means put on the improper factor in Flanders…

Horrific 80’s shell-suits? No downside.

shell suit
Take your decide?

White socks along with your go well with? Certain!


‘Basket weave’ topped sneakers? Yeah. ‘Kipper’ ties? In fact.

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The proper shoe and tie combo

And burgundy continues to be an enormous color in Flanders, notably for trousers, it exhibits up that shine from sitting on bar stools for an excessive amount of of your life simply positive. And Crimplene can be nonetheless huge. . .

‘Mmm, fits you sir!’

The fellows and me are in Sersekamp for a kermis, I fancy a brandy. The barman seems to be at me as if there’s one thing improper with me – pils it’s then. . .

Jupiler with fish possibility

The most well-liked model of beer in Belgium is Jupiler, it’s not that tasty however on the plus facet you’ll be able to eat litres of the stuff with out getting too buckled.

Generally you want a beer

Trappistes and the likes of Duvel and Orvelo look nice, style nice however have been initially designed with Belgium’s area program in thoughts as rocket fuels – tread calmly, Dude. However bear in mind, it’s by no means too early for a beer in Belgium.

The big bonus of winning the Carrefour Market Heistse Pijl is the giant glass of Kwaremont beer on the podium. Not sure about the Napoleon Games hat, though. Pic:CorVos/PezCyclingNews.

If you happen to do crave one thing somewhat stronger then go for Genever, – ‘Juniper.’ Genever is a transparent, botanically wealthy, malted grain-based spirit that may solely be made in Holland or Belgium. It’s a mix of two or extra distillates: first, a whiskey-like triple distillate made from corn, wheat, and rye (so-called malt wine). Second, a juniper-infused distillate.

The Vivaldi Bar – By no means too late

Closing time?
Talking for the Vivaldi, our favorite watering gap in Gent, I can’t enable you to; regardless of how far into the wee small hours we’ve stumbled out into the chilly November air, the tunes are nonetheless coming and the regulars are nonetheless, ‘partying on’ behind us. Respect.

de karper
De Karper, one other favorite

You’re approaching a slip highway, you’re within the close to facet lane; ease off, alter your pace, point out and execute the manoeuvre? Nee, nee, nee! Ground, it veer throughout to the quick lane then brake arduous, dive again throughout the lanes and thrash it into the slip – job finished.

Point out? Neen, neen, neen.

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Dying Race 2000 – Common day on a Belgian motorway

Stopping distance? What’s that?

Regardless of the Monday morning papers being full of images of the weekend motorway carnage it makes not a little bit of distinction, the driving continues to be loopy. If you happen to’re of a sure age you’ll bear in mind a movie known as, ‘Dying Race 2,000’ – the dudes in that film merely wouldn’t minimize it on the Flemish motorways.

French followers in Flanders – I’d hold that quiet

Not a good suggestion to attempt to converse in that language in Flanders.

One of many many joys of Flanders

One of many many joys of Flanders is that you simply’re by no means removed from a frituur. Parts: ‘Klein’ is for amateurs, ‘Grooten’ about proper for many and a ‘Tremendous’ is just for the actual professionals. Mayonnaise is the selection of many however I’m an Andalouse man myself. There are few issues extra satisfying than the sound of the commercial sized sauce pump ‘splatting’ that tangy gloop onto your frites. And, as with pils, it’s by no means too early for frites in Flanders.

Ed’s favorite – Frites met Andalouse saus

Hair kinds:
The mullet by no means died in Belgium, you’ll be able to see them all over the place and ex-pro and Ronde, Roubaix, E3 and Gent-Wevelgem winner, Eric Vanderaerden could also be 60 years-of-age now however nonetheless sports activities his mullet – albeit it’s not as luxurious because it as soon as was.

Eric’s Mullet

‘Comb overs’ are nonetheless widespread, my hair has lengthy gone however you must respect any man who grows what’s left of his hair lengthy on the again then scrapes it ahead over his bald pate, making use of a wholesome dose of hairspray to maintain it in place. . .

I bear in mind Johan when he was bald

The toupee might have all however vanished in a lot of the civilised world however not in Flanders, often within the color your hair was a decade in the past, the joint resembling a geological fault. You may often nonetheless purchase a ‘man’s hair piece’ in a ironmongers/ironmongery store.

The higher Belgian wigs

Juke Field:
No self-respecting bar is with out it’s juke field, when confronted with an inventory of artists you’ve by no means heard of, go to ‘ABBA’ – they’ll be in there for positive and you’ll by no means go improper with them.

The radio alternative

While you’re within the rent automobile and want some sounds seek for NRJ or Nostalgi, you may be subjected to grim ballads and Europop maybe each three or 4 songs however keep it up, they do play an awesome collection of 60’s and 70’s Oldies. There may be additionally Studio Brussel or ‘Stu Bru’ which may be attention-grabbing.

Rijsttaart – It’s addictive

Rice tart:
‘Rijsttaart,’ monitor them down in any first rate bakers, you’ll thank us – however they’re addictive.

Persist with solely watching biking on Flemish TV

Aside from the sports activities programmes and sports activities information, finest prevented.

Belgium, beer and a motorbike race – What extra would you like?

# The entire above stated, I like the place, it’s folks it’s quirks and there’s no finer factor to do on the planet of a day than grasp over the barrier at a kermis along with your pils. And absolutely it’s no coincidence that one lap corresponds completely with the time it takes to empty your ‘pintje’ – that’s a 250 cl. glass of pils. . . #

beer chips

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