The European single speed championships were recently held in sunny Belgium, on a fine weekend deep in the heart of Wallonie. Single Speed Belgique, a group of francophone single speeders, put on a pretty fantastic event that attracted the usual single speeding riff raff from all over the continent, and even a few from the US. Yes, it was a beautifully orchestrated chaos. The race promoted, Bruno, had his shiny new Blue Bronto there to show off. It glistened in the sun.
Bronto was a sponsor and showed up just in time for the after-party. Yes, for reasons we won’t get into here, we missed the actual “race” part of the weekend (who puts races on Saturday?? seriously). But that’s ok because the ever-important drinking that followed was really important.
There was a crazy Belgian band, the Blind Horses, no shortage of Belgian beer, and good times had by all. I was instructed to look for a certain Mike Yarnall who rode in only white briefs. Alas, he had passed out before dinner. Weak americans. Compatriots Gary and Josh stood tall in his absence though.
Fast forward to next day. Taking down camp and also a 30km fun ride with a Belgian lunch in the middle. Many of you think Belgium is flat. You are mostly right. But down in the south they have some hills. Mean, nasty hills that laugh at you. Luckily for me, I hadn’t just finished a race the day before, so I felt better than the guy who had passed out at 8:30 the night before.
So we rode up and down hills. The Bronto rode tough, as always. It was a gorgeous day, views of little Belgian villages and fields of yellow flowers. At about the 2/3 point, we entered an old castle-type coutyard and sat down for some more beer and cheesy bread. Mmmm…cheesy bread…..
And then pedaled the last 10km back to camp, packed up and hup! hit the road to find the nearest frituur. Yes, good riding and good times with good friends. Congrats to Bruno and the SSBE crew for putting on a fantstic event. Next year they say it’s in the south of France. I guess that means we’ll be bringing beer with us.