Checked in with Andy from Hed Wheels – he’s in Belgium with Team HTC – Columbia and building up spare wheels in anticipation of the cobbles on Tuesday. He wrote:
I am in the upstairs appartment at service course. As a native Iowan, I am rather stunned at how much Belgium reminds me of my home state. I kid you not… The view out the front window is of a cornfield directly across the street. Yesterday we got in a short ride – I am borrowing Pinotti’s road bike from last season. Fastest and lightest bike I have ever been on – an I don’t even have aero wheels, just plain Ardennes. We rode out and within 5 minutes were on a country road, only about 1 1/2 bike lanes wide. Potato field on one side and corn on the other. I was following the ‘72 olympic tandem gold medalist (in the scratch race I think) – a Polish guy named Andje. The road was already small , and then he turned off onto a gravel path about 2 feet wide, and we cut over to to the canal for a flat and windy hour. Got back just in time to see the sprint for Stage 1. Service course is a racing nerd’s nirvana.
I’ve ridden one of Columbia’s ProTour bike and it was right at 14 pounds. If Andy has time, he’ll check in with us again. He’s expecting a busy day tomorrow.
While Andy’s at the Tour, we’ve got a new set of Stinger 4s he sent us on test; raced them yesterday, after Mark V glued ‘em up.…
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