Spring is slowly starting to enter everyone’s head (although as I write it will undoubtedly snow again) and that means riding one’s bicycles outside with great joy. Over in Euro land they do a little thing called racing bicycles. In fact this time of year the Belgium semi classics are under way. They are great races that offer long courses, rough roads, and interesting drama. They are also a lead up into the biggest races of the Spring Like Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. Check out the video from this last weekend. Lars Boom who usually sports a pretty great Euro mullet hits the deck in a way I think we’ve all had the opportunity to do.
So who’s good this year? That’s what these races can give us a little hint about. Who’s strong, who’s suffering, who’s too strong too early, who’s talking trash, who’s hot, who’s not? All good questions. What do you think? Does Boonen have a good spring in his legs this year? Can Gillbert repeat his awesome spring from last year? Is Cancellara still the man of steal? And will George Hincapie do anything besides give us a mundane interview before and after the race about how the first one across the line usually wins?