Belgium Shorts - 12 May 2016

After the Giro had moved on did likewise to Slenaken in the Limburg hills outside Maastricht. Looked at Meijs mopeds (in Maastricht) for electric powered options for the CyclingNSW Derny restoration project. After Slenaken, got an early start and drove just 2 hours onto Roubaix and walked around the famous Velodrome. The Roubaix Velodrome looks a lot more "bling" on race day with Matt Hayman giving a victory salute. Barren of the Classic bling the Velodrome looks forlorn & rundown and the less said about Roubaix town the better. Final coffee of the day was in the Tour of Flanders café at the Oudenaarde museum.

  Meijs electric powered Moped

Meijs electric powered Moped

  Slenaken climb used in Amstel Gold Race

Slenaken climb used in Amstel Gold Race

  Roubaix Velodrome ... with no Paris Roubaix in town the velodrome cuts a sad, forlorn & drab sight

Roubaix Velodrome ... with no Paris Roubaix in town the velodrome cuts a sad, forlorn & drab sight

  Tour of Flanders Museum coffee shop

Tour of Flanders Museum coffee shop