This is a report that Ryan Culp sent me as he races around BELGIUM.
Alright well, the races here are all called Kermese (which is a race usually around 60-70 miles in distance but in a 2-3 mile loop. They are usually held within a small town in Belgium.). These races have primes much like American races. These primes sometimes give points or Euros. Sometimes the prime points can reward you at the end of the race with a bike.
The races here are much different than you may think. The course is easily one of pure skill due to the tight roads and corners that Belgium has. The roads here usually no wider than half a car lane, but you must fit at least 3-4 people across this narrow road. The roads here are smooth, but no different than those in the u.s. quality wise. The one type of road here that is a huge factor in how the race will play out are the cobbles. Cobbles are such a huge obstacle to overcome for a small Texas boy as myself. They force you to push as hard as you can due to the resistance they put on your body but also the unevenness of them. Cobbles are not only hard on your bike but on your body as well. The Belgians though.... Those are a different story. Completely a new playing field. In the states especially Texas in your field you might have a few guys that can actually go in a break or are willing to work or attack.
Thanks RYAN,, we will look for more updates and stories....KEEP RACING HARD..