As Patrick said to me…
The thing about Flanders is that it’s all about short steep hills, enough of them that one finally breaks you. We’ve all ridden up hills over and over. Flanders is hill repeats until you can’t do them any more and you break.
Stijl Devolder in the Belgian National Champ’s kit rolling to the finish alone in 08 is one of those gladiator moments during Flanders we’re watching for, over those bergs.
In Kent, just south of Seattle, is the Graveyard Berg, it’s like the bergs (hills) in Flanders; at least that’s what we think, when we race over it during lunch rides and the weekends.
The grainy video is from our archives and here’s a screen capture from a street view of the area. Make it to the St. Patrick Cemetery entrance with the group and you did good.