Don’t be surprised if during your first Belgium race you think just for a moment, “Why are we going so hard? Can’t we slow down?”
Racing in Flanders will change your attitude about racing aggressively, since many riders and teams make the race happen right from the start. To ride well you cannot simply respond; you must be a part of making the race happen. In other parts of the world, riders often jump curbs and sidewalks to get out of the way of a crash. In Belgium the curb, gutter and sidewalks are often part of the course and riders will use them to garner any advantage they can.
I speak from personal experience, racing in Flanders is unlike anything anywhere else. Be ready to compete hard with all of your wits about you and to celebrate the end of the race with equal vigor.
Our Coaching Partner is Matt McNamara, Sterling Sports Group. Sterling provides performance coaching solutions for athletes. Matt will be in Belgium on the Post-TDF Trip. To get you started, Matt is providing a free Belgium specific training plan to insure you are prepared to race in Belgium. Go to Matt’s “In The Trenches” clinic to improve your close-quarters, elbow-to-elbow, life in the gutter, real-world gritty racing skills. Contact Matt at Sterling Sports Group. firstname.lastname@example.org