But i can still dream...
Last year Mark and I went to Belgium for a week to watch the RVV and ride the course. We had a great time and typical Belgian weather. When we returned i realized....it could be better. This time of Europe there are bike races twice a week if not more often. That means that a short trip of say 10 days could include 3 great Northern classics which would leave 5-6 days to ride bikes on the race courses or other places.
Here is my idea:
Friday: depart for Belgium
Saturday: arrive, unpack the bike, pick up rental car, go see Tom and Nele, give Tom a bunch of shit for being a Belgian that doesn't like beer or cycling. Go for a ride to shake off the Jetlag.
Sunday: RVV race around the countryside to see the pros suffer in the beautiful flemmish ardennes
Monday: Ride the RVV, starting in Oudenaarde, follow the signs to ride all of the helligens
Tuesday: Ride part of the route of the Gent Wevelgem Mostly flat, 4 hills, just to get a feel for the course
Wed: G-W race around the countryside to see the pros (no real suffering here...it's flat afterall)
Thursday: Trip to the Ardennes ride part of L-B-L some nice hills, but everything is paved.
Friday: Ride somewhere else, day trip to holland or Germany, or just hang out and try to sample one of each of the 300+ belgian beers.
Saturday: Ride Paris Roubaix, come on ....it's flat
Sunday: Paris Roubaix, watch the pros suffer on cobbles.
Monday: Go home
Looks like fun, maybe 2011????
Wonder if Tom will be in his house by then??? Doubt it. :-)