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Douglas Dewey – “Because Belgium is the Best!”


Ponder this — it was our colleague Viktor who pointed out to us that a certain Jack Bauer was burning up the kermises in Flanders, a year or two ago. We caught up with Jack via Ian Whitehead at the Kingsnorth team in Gent and did a couple of interviews with New Zealand’s finest. Brian Smith read the interviews, got in touch with Jack and signed him for the fledgling Endura team. After two seasons with the Scottish team Jack has moved upwards and onwards to Garmin. Vik’s latest nod to us was regarding an Englishman, Douglas Dewey.

Douglas Dewey
Doug won the British U23 TT Championship. Photo Richard Maidment.

Douglas won the British U23 time trial championships last season, but the other week he pulled off a major win in Belgium — Gent Staden, the first major amateur classic of the year.

The race dates back to 1949 and numbers Walter Godefroot, Eddy Planckaert and Michel Pollentier among past winners.

We caught up with Douglas over the weekend — he was third in a kermis on Sunday — and here’s what he had to say to us: