The first classic weekend of the year has been and gone and safely back in a rather snowy Scotland I’ve got time to reflect on the Classic season opener. The glorious Belgian sunshine all weekend could not lift the thermometer and the riders endured bitterly cold conditions for both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad or Kuurne Brussels Kuurne.
Riders faced just under 200 kilometres each day and whilst the temperature had us looking for our thermals some hardy riders were glove free, presumably generating enough body heat from the effort.
Grass track legend John “Jock” Hardie, Dave, Ed and I left Edinburgh on Friday bound for Brussels Charleroi, catching up with Stuart Anthony and John Young who were also heading to Gent for the racing. We picked up the rental car, an Opel Meriva with suicide doors, something I thought had been consigned to history, but apparently not.
A weekend of philosophical debate and pondering life’s mysteries beckoned, our musings would probably be helped by a few beers.