Mastering the Belgian Spring

Every year, come spring, some riders will push harder than at any other time during the season. It’s that time of the year that they’ll thrive. It’s the time for the cobbled classics in Belgium. Wallonie-Bruxelles might be an underdog team, but they took their chances throughout the last few weeks, racing as active as it gets.

MASTERING THE BELGIAN SPRING

WALLONIE-BRUXELLES DEFIES THE ODDS

Every year, come spring, some riders will push harder than at any other time during the season. It’s that time of the year that they’ll thrive. It’s the time for the cobbled classics in Belgium. Wallonie-Bruxelles might be an underdog team, but they took their chances throughout the last few weeks, racing as active as it gets.

That’s not all, though. The team is the only professional cycling team that took to the start of the holy month, as March is also known in Belgium, solely racing on tubeless wheels and tires.

In total, the team’s riders accumulated around 10.000 kilometers over seven of the most iconic spring races, and only suffered 2 punctures along the way.

Riding actively, the team left its mark on the cobbled races and proved on one of the roughest testing grounds there is in professional cycling, that the future of the sport doesn’t require tubular set-ups any longer.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The 200 kilometers from Merelbeke to Ninove mark the start of the spring classics season. Being a local team, Wallonie-Bruxelles was motivated to determine how the race would unfold. Riding his first professional season, Tim Wirtgen infiltrated the break of the day before serving as a springboard for Baptist Planckaert’s late surge to the line. The latter tried to steal victory from the pre-race favorites with a solo move but had to settle for 24th at the end of the day, paying tribute to his efforts. Nevertheless, the account was opened, and more was to come from the team.

Le Samyn

Next on the menu was Le Samyn. The classic is traditionally held during the week and known for the atrocious weather, that riders had to face in recent years. This year was no different.

 

Danilith Nokere Koerse

With plenty of World Tour teams lining the start line, the race was another one for the cobble-specialists. However, with the finish line atop the cobbled Nokereberg and its sprinter-friendly character, it was also one that the fast man in the peloton had marked. Wallonie-Bruxelles tried to protect their fastest rider, Justin Jules, by being on the attack all day. A tactic that nearly paid off. Jules galloped over the line in 7th, securing the team’s first top10 placing at the this year’s classics.  

Bredene Koksijde Classic

200 kilometers along the Belgian coastline and plenty of wind always make for interesting racing. And this year was no different. With barely any hill on the menu, it’s the crosswinds that can cause trouble at this race. Wallonie-Bruuxelles flew their flag at the front of the bunch throughout the day, proving their pedigree once again.

 

Driedaagse Brugge-DePanne

The name is misleading and only a reminder of the race’s past. Having been a multi-day stage race, it’s now a 200 kilometer long one-day classic. As part of the World Tour, the race sees a fair amount of classics stars taking to the start, especially the ones with a strong kick. Wallonie-Bruxelles made use of its local knowledge and placed Mathijs Paaschens in the break of the day. His move allowed the rest of the team to watch out for Justin Jules who would cross the line in 5th, just behind the fastest man on the day, the established Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Visma).  

E3 BinckBank Classic

The E3 BinckBank Classic is a rehearsal for the Ronde van Vlaanderen, featuring more than just a handful of the same climbs. Given the importance of the race, it was always going to be a hard one. Aksel Nommela and Lionel Thaminiaux, both riding their maiden professional season, jumped into the break of the day to tackle iconic climbs like the Taaienberg, the Paterberg, and the Oude Kwaremont ahead of an elite group that included eventual race-winner Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First), who would go on to win Vlaanderens Mooiste.

Gent-Wevelgem

Just two days after a tough edition of the E3 BinckBank Classic, Gent-Wevelgem saw the strongest riders of the peloton turn out. The race unfolded in a way, how only a handful of people would have guessed. Strong crosswinds forced an early split and saw the main classics contenders racing flat out for nearly the full distance of 250 kilometers. In the end, riders would describe the race as probably their hardest ever.

Technology Proven

We develop all our wheels as a system with the goal to find the best possible balance between aerodynamics, stiffness, durability and weight. Besides testing all wheels in house, we’re also proud to see them being put through their paces at the highest level of the sport, at the Flemish classics.

Wallonie-Bruxelles proved not only that it’s possible to take part in the classics, but to grab these races by their horns and write their stories actively while being fully committed to new technologies. Racing tubeless gave the team a competitive edge.

The unique characteristics of the Scope R4c and R5c wheels provided the riders a hassle- and worry-free setup, one that helped them to accelerate their ambitions during these races.

 

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto

MASTERING THE BELGIAN SPRING

WALLONIE-BRUXELLES DEFIES THE ODDS

Every year, come spring, some riders will push harder than at any other time during the season. It’s that time of the year that they’ll thrive. It’s the time for the cobbled classics in Belgium. Wallonie-Bruxelles might be an underdog team, but they took their chances throughout the last few weeks, racing as active as it gets.

That’s not all, though. The team is the only professional cycling team that took to the start of the holy month, as March is also known in Belgium, solely racing on tubeless wheels and tires.

In total, the team’s riders accumulated around 10.000 kilometers over seven of the most iconic spring races, and only suffered 2 punctures along the way.

Riding actively, the team left its mark on the cobbled races and proved on one of the roughest testing grounds there is in professional cycling, that the future of the sport doesn’t require tubular set-ups any longer.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The 200 kilometers from Merelbeke to Ninove mark the start of the spring classics season. Being a local team, Wallonie-Bruxelles was motivated to determine how the race would unfold. Riding his first professional season, Tim Wirtgen infiltrated the break of the day before serving as a springboard for Baptist Planckaert’s late surge to the line. The latter tried to steal victory from the pre-race favorites with a solo move but had to settle for 24th at the end of the day, paying tribute to his efforts. Nevertheless, the account was opened, and more was to come from the team.

Le Samyn

Next on the menu was Le Samyn. The classic is traditionally held during the week and known for the atrocious weather, that riders had to face in recent years. This year was no different.

 

Danilith Nokere Koerse

With plenty of World Tour teams lining the start line, the race was another one for the cobble-specialists. However, with the finish line atop the cobbled Nokereberg and its sprinter-friendly character, it was also one that the fast man in the peloton had marked. Wallonie-Bruxelles tried to protect their fastest rider, Justin Jules, by being on the attack all day. A tactic that nearly paid off. Jules galloped over the line in 7th, securing the team’s first top10 placing at the this year’s classics.  

Bredene Koksijde Classic

200 kilometers along the Belgian coastline and plenty of wind always make for interesting racing. And this year was no different. With barely any hill on the menu, it’s the crosswinds that can cause trouble at this race. Wallonie-Bruuxelles flew their flag at the front of the bunch throughout the day, proving their pedigree once again.

 

Driedaagse Brugge-DePanne

The name is misleading and only a reminder of the race’s past. Having been a multi-day stage race, it’s now a 200 kilometer long one-day classic. As part of the World Tour, the race sees a fair amount of classics stars taking to the start, especially the ones with a strong kick. Wallonie-Bruxelles made use of its local knowledge and placed Mathijs Paaschens in the break of the day. His move allowed the rest of the team to watch out for Justin Jules who would cross the line in 5th, just behind the fastest man on the day, the established Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Visma).  

E3 BinckBank Classic

The E3 BinckBank Classic is a rehearsal for the Ronde van Vlaanderen, featuring more than just a handful of the same climbs. Given the importance of the race, it was always going to be a hard one. Aksel Nommela and Lionel Thaminiaux, both riding their maiden professional season, jumped into the break of the day to tackle iconic climbs like the Taaienberg, the Paterberg, and the Oude Kwaremont ahead of an elite group that included eventual race-winner Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First), who would go on to win Vlaanderens Mooiste.

Gent-Wevelgem

Just two days after a tough edition of the E3 BinckBank Classic, Gent-Wevelgem saw the strongest riders of the peloton turn out. The race unfolded in a way, how only a handful of people would have guessed. Strong crosswinds forced an early split and saw the main classics contenders racing flat out for nearly the full distance of 250 kilometers. In the end, riders would describe the race as probably their hardest ever.

Technology Proven

We develop all our wheels as a system with the goal to find the best possible balance between aerodynamics, stiffness, durability and weight. Besides testing all wheels in house, we’re also proud to see them being put through their paces at the highest level of the sport, at the Flemish classics.

Wallonie-Bruxelles proved not only that it’s possible to take part in the classics, but to grab these races by their horns and write their stories actively while being fully committed to new technologies. Racing tubeless gave the team a competitive edge.

The unique characteristics of the Scope R4c and R5c wheels provided the riders a hassle- and worry-free setup, one that helped them to accelerate their ambitions during these races.

 

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto

MASTERING THE BELGIAN SPRING

WALLONIE-BRUXELLES DEFIES THE ODDS

Every year, come spring, some riders will push harder than at any other time during the season. It’s that time of the year that they’ll thrive. It’s the time for the cobbled classics in Belgium. Wallonie-Bruxelles might be an underdog team, but they took their chances throughout the last few weeks, racing as active as it gets.

That’s not all, though. The team is the only professional cycling team that took to the start of the holy month, as March is also known in Belgium, solely racing on tubeless wheels and tires.

In total, the team’s riders accumulated around 10.000 kilometers over seven of the most iconic spring races, and only suffered 2 punctures along the way.

Riding actively, the team left its mark on the cobbled races and proved on one of the roughest testing grounds there is in professional cycling, that the future of the sport doesn’t require tubular set-ups any longer.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The 200 kilometers from Merelbeke to Ninove mark the start of the spring classics season. Being a local team, Wallonie-Bruxelles was motivated to determine how the race would unfold. Riding his first professional season, Tim Wirtgen infiltrated the break of the day before serving as a springboard for Baptist Planckaert’s late surge to the line. The latter tried to steal victory from the pre-race favorites with a solo move but had to settle for 24th at the end of the day, paying tribute to his efforts. Nevertheless, the account was opened, and more was to come from the team.

Le Samyn

Next on the menu was Le Samyn. The classic is traditionally held during the week and known for the atrocious weather, that riders had to face in recent years. This year was no different.

 

Danilith Nokere Koerse

With plenty of World Tour teams lining the start line, the race was another one for the cobble-specialists. However, with the finish line atop the cobbled Nokereberg and its sprinter-friendly character, it was also one that the fast man in the peloton had marked. Wallonie-Bruxelles tried to protect their fastest rider, Justin Jules, by being on the attack all day. A tactic that nearly paid off. Jules galloped over the line in 7th, securing the team’s first top10 placing at the this year’s classics.  

Bredene Koksijde Classic

200 kilometers along the Belgian coastline and plenty of wind always make for interesting racing. And this year was no different. With barely any hill on the menu, it’s the crosswinds that can cause trouble at this race. Wallonie-Bruuxelles flew their flag at the front of the bunch throughout the day, proving their pedigree once again.

 

Driedaagse Brugge-DePanne

The name is misleading and only a reminder of the race’s past. Having been a multi-day stage race, it’s now a 200 kilometer long one-day classic. As part of the World Tour, the race sees a fair amount of classics stars taking to the start, especially the ones with a strong kick. Wallonie-Bruxelles made use of its local knowledge and placed Mathijs Paaschens in the break of the day. His move allowed the rest of the team to watch out for Justin Jules who would cross the line in 5th, just behind the fastest man on the day, the established Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Visma).  

E3 BinckBank Classic

The E3 BinckBank Classic is a rehearsal for the Ronde van Vlaanderen, featuring more than just a handful of the same climbs. Given the importance of the race, it was always going to be a hard one. Aksel Nommela and Lionel Thaminiaux, both riding their maiden professional season, jumped into the break of the day to tackle iconic climbs like the Taaienberg, the Paterberg, and the Oude Kwaremont ahead of an elite group that included eventual race-winner Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First), who would go on to win Vlaanderens Mooiste.

Gent-Wevelgem

Just two days after a tough edition of the E3 BinckBank Classic, Gent-Wevelgem saw the strongest riders of the peloton turn out. The race unfolded in a way, how only a handful of people would have guessed. Strong crosswinds forced an early split and saw the main classics contenders racing flat out for nearly the full distance of 250 kilometers. In the end, riders would describe the race as probably their hardest ever.

Technology Proven

We develop all our wheels as a system with the goal to find the best possible balance between aerodynamics, stiffness, durability and weight. Besides testing all wheels in house, we’re also proud to see them being put through their paces at the highest level of the sport, at the Flemish classics.

Wallonie-Bruxelles proved not only that it’s possible to take part in the classics, but to grab these races by their horns and write their stories actively while being fully committed to new technologies. Racing tubeless gave the team a competitive edge.

The unique characteristics of the Scope R4c and R5c wheels provided the riders a hassle- and worry-free setup, one that helped them to accelerate their ambitions during these races.

 

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto