The Cycle Life: Tour of Flanders, Firsthand

Climbing the Eikenberg, Tour of Flanders.

If you have ever fantasized about biking in Belgium, know this: Riding on cobbles is a painful, brutalizing business, like saddling up a jackhammer. I discovered this last weekend at the Flanders Cyclosportive, a recreational ride for amateur cyclists that takes in the best of the Tour of Flanders a day before the pros race the 159-mile course. The romanticism of touring the twisting, scenic lanes that feature in some of spring’s most legendary races is inescapable, so when the opportunity arose to ride De Ronde van Vlaanderen (courtesy of Giro, which was launching the new Aeon helmet at the race), I didn’t hesitate. I was oblivious to the flagellation for which I was signing up.

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