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“Sun’s Out? Bikes Out!” by Thomas Willekens


Yes, I have to admit:
I like the training rides a whole lot more when the sun is shining and you can go ride outdoors. Due to the bad and cold weather, I decided to do my January and February training rides indoors via Zwift. But the sun has finally decided to show itself and the last two weeks have been glorious!

Together with the start of some better weather, the end of February means that the Classics are back!

Last weekend
‘Omloop Het Nieuwsblad’ and ‘Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne’
gave us an exciting first taste of the spring one-day races.
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Whilst Wout Van Aert has been smashing Strava times at the training camp in Spain, Julian Alaphilippe and Mathieu van der Poel were launching some long-range attacks in the Belgian “Opening Weekend’. There was certainly no shortage of excitement nor of gung-ho.

Apart from the entertainment, another exciting aspect of the start of the Classics season is that it encourages me to go the extra mile to get fit for Spring and Summer. We are already in week 6 of our EY Cycling Tour schedule and the intensity and duration are starting to increase. To be well prepared for our three-day event in early April, this weekend for the first time 4 hours of easy endurance training have been scheduled. Besides I’m also very curious about the 5 times 2 minutes “all-out effort” (& yes, also curious about the progress I have made!) during the intensive endurance training on Saturday.

I hope the nice weather and the kickoff of the Classics season inspire and encourage you all to start cycling and moving again!

 

A sunny and active weekend all,

 

Thomas Willekens.

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