We are excited to confirm that Saturday's will be bloody in 2015...in a great way. We will be hosting Saturday There Will Be Blood rides throughout the spring, summer and fall, and we are getting it going in a big way tomorrow to kick off Ronde van Vlanderaan Weekend!
While the ride will be a morning event going forward, we are going to offer two chances to roll on Saturday, April 4. Jason Lowetz will lead a easy-paced, no drop effort leaving the shop at 7.30am. They'll tackle the 34 mile route together, checking out conditions and enjoying what looks to be a nice day in TC.
Afterwards, enjoy some great treats and drinks at the Ec Coffee Bar, and relive some of the best moments of the reason for the season, the Tour of Flanders! All day, we'll have full broadcasts and highlights of past editions of the Monument for you to enjoy.
At 4.15pm, Cody will host a slightly faster There Will Be Blood ride on the same 34 mile route. A bit faster, a bit warmer, and certainly much more windy, it'll be the final efforts before all eyes turn to De Ronde, which airs Sunday morning around the world.
This is the 99th edition of the Flanders race, and it serves as a cultural anchor not just for the Flemish part of Belgium, but for much of Northern Europe. The race is a culmination of two weeks of cobblestone races, made even harder by area's heligen, the steep, cobbled climbs of the Belgian countryside. The stones have survived centuries in some cases, with a handful of sectuers dating back to the times of Napoleon.
The Flanders region lives and breathes these races. It is a part of the national heritage, especially in an area of the world torn asunder too regularly by larger warring factions throughout the centuries. From French, Dutch, Spanish and even English control to German invasion, the country still bears the scars of the first and second World Wars, never far from camera shot even on race day. The country itself has two distinct identities as well, with the Flemish region culturally different in many respects from the French-speaking Walloonia region to the south.
It is cycling that bring the country, and the world, together for one fine Sunday in April. This year, Flanders falls on Easter, a week ahead of the other major Monument on cobbles, Paris-Roubaix. If Roubaix plays the roll of the Queen of the Classics, Flanders could be considered it's equally exciting royal cousin. It certainly exercises an amazing control over the hearts of cycling fans everywhere.