CYCLING: Experience on cobbles of Flanders

Ben Moore
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Nine riders from the Velo-One and Spalding clubs made the journey to Flanders in north Belgium for a social cycling experience last weekend.

The Tour of Flanders is an annual one-day professional road race held in spring.

Simon Wright

Simon Wright

The race is considered to be one of the five monuments of cycling, starting in Bruges and finishing in Oudenaarde.

It is one of the two cobbled classic races with short sharp hills the defining feature.

There has only been one British winner of the race, the late Tom Simpson in 1961.

The professional race is held over 265km, however Velo-One and Spalding riders on 120km routes took in the majority of the key areas of the race – cobbles and steep hills.

Neil Palmer

Neil Palmer

Highlights of the ride were the two famous cobble climbs, the Koppenberg and the Patenberg, with gradients rising to 22%.

Meanwhile, Velo-One’s Antony Gough (36:39) and Neil Palmer (36:49) were first and second in round four of the Hereward League 17-mile time trial hosted by Spalding.

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