This is the first in a series of articles in which we explore racing in Belgium, and chat to a few guys that “have done it the hard way”, outside of “The Plan”, and on their own. To kick us off, we caught up with Rapha Condor star Dean Downing between Tour Series criteriums.
‘Deano’ may be well known for his high-profile wins in Premier Calendar races and riding madisons on the track with brother Russ, but he actually learnt his trade racing on the Belgian cobbles, way back in 2000.
“I raced for the Kingsnorth International Wheelers, and loved the racing and way of life. I stayed on in Belgium for ’01, ’02 and ’03 and raced with the Belgian John Saey team, living with a family in Beveren Waas for those 3 years.”
“The Kingsnorth was run by Staf Boone in Gent, but my contact came via Peter Murphy back in the UK. Numbers in the club went up and down as riders came and went, but it w