#CRTpink on the cobbles – Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017

It all started at the St Pancras Euro Despatch office, which offers a convenient service for transporting large goods. And if you are lucky you may bump into some long distance bike tourers who will share some cool endurance stories with you.

St Pancras Euro Despatch office

St Pancras Euro Despatch office

We briefly became friends with the desk attendants...

We briefly became friends with the desk attendants...

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Evening before the event – Refuelling + getting the bikes ready

Evening before the event – Refuelling + getting the bikes ready

 

Riding the classic

Weather forecast: rain, rain, sun, windy, cloudy, rain, sun, rain, cloudy, windy... 

It was raining so much we wondered if they were going to delay the start

It was raining so much we wondered if they were going to delay the start

At the refuelling stop after Muur van Geraardsbergen

At the refuelling stop after Muur van Geraardsbergen

Oude Kwaremont on wet cobbles and a raining sky...

Oude Kwaremont on wet cobbles and a raining sky...

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Bring it home!

We had a stunner of a day, in many ways unforgettable. With the first 2 hours in uninterrupted rain, punctures and people falling just in front of us, we really wondered how we could endure for ~250km in those conditions. 

But no cobblestone, wind or mud could prevent us from riding and finishing such an historic route, pushing on very same ascents ("muurs") which made and continue to make the history of cycling.

Few meters ahead of the finish line

Few meters ahead of the finish line

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Here is Mario's full ride on Strava