What I learned about racing, ironman, and Belgian cycling
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Gert Steegmans, a Quickstep rider who once embarrassed his team leader Tom Boonen by outsprinting him, has won Nokere Koerse. Defending champion and just-beyond-neo-pro Jens Keukeleire was fourth. Another Aussie, Graeme Brown was third and second place belonged to Stefan van Dijck from the Netherlands.
Nokereberg, where the race ends is one of my favorite cobblestone climbs. It is also the location of Tanderus, one of my favorite restaurants. Plenty of reasons to visit tiny Nokere it would seem!
Final 3K through Kruishoutem to Nokere with commentary from Johan Museeuw.
I am in active endurance racing, both running and cycling. I am a USAC Level 2 power-certified coach.
My athletic "career" started late, and first I took up cycling. Later I switched to running because of time constraints and job demands. After another break I finally got "serious" about 7 years ago. I started competing in endurance triathlons and managed to improve continuously. I finished several endurance events including 11 iron distance races. I qualified for and ran the Boston marathon three times. Three times I missed a Hawaii Ironman slot by a narrow margin.