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“Real Flandriens’ weather” by Steve Gilis


Last week the weather was against us: rain and wind every day, a lot of wind with peaks up to 90 km/h. In certain moments, I was almost not able to continue riding on my bike or I almost flew into the stream. So weather conditions for the real ‘Flandriens’. We are not real ‘Flandriens’ at all, but when we ride our bikes through all weathers, we do feel a bit like a ‘Flandrien’, even when I am standing on the side of the road with a flat tire without any support vehicle behind me. Fortunately, I found a bicycle repairer nearby who could help me to continue my training.

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After a conversation
with our coach
it turned out that the hard work
of the past weeks has not
missed their goal.

We will never achieve the wattages that kick the ‘Big 3’ (Wout, Matthieu, and Julien), but every one of our group has noticed that the training sessions of the past 7 weeks do not miss their effect. The duration of the training sessions on the weekend is gradually increasing to 4 hours a day and more, as well as the average speed. After 7 weeks it was also time to do a status check at Pulso-Preventielap where we were subjected to a new body scan and exercise test on the bike. With healthy tension, we headed for Zwevegem and after a conversation with our coach it turned out that the hard work of the past weeks has not missed their goal. However, we are only halfway through and the toughest training sessions with the necessary altimeters are still ahead of us. All this with only 1 goal: to reach the finish of the EY Cycling Tour together with the entire group as one team.

This weekend is again all about cycling: cycling the necessary kilometers myself and of course, watching Milan-Sanremo on Saturday to see the ‘Big 3’ and outsiders at work.

Greetings,  Steve Gilis.

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