Scope Backyard Breakaway: Experiencing Eindhoven’s hidden roads

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Scope Backyard Breakaway

Experiencing Eindhoven’s hidden roads

It’s still dark outside when the alarm goes off. A few raindrops are making their way down the window. The weather is better than the forecast predicted. Wet, but not too wet. A typical fall day, sort of.

Putting up the signs for the kings of the rolling hills and the kings of the gravel segments sets the mood for the day and as we lift the last flag onto its pole outside the Cyklist at 8h30am the first riders arrive for an early morning brew.

The clouds are still hanging deep over Eindhoven but it’s dry as the teams roll out from the café to explore the course of the Backyard Breakaway. Each team is joined by riders of Scope sponsored professional continental team Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Together with Yorit Kluitman, the mastermind behind the Pathfinder Giro, we designed a course that shows the diversity of the local heaths south of Eindhoven, but that would also take riders through local forests and into the hills of the Belgian part of Limburg.

Leaving Eindhoven’s city center, the streets are as empty as they get on a damp Sunday morning in fall. Narrow bike paths lead the riders out of town and as they reach the outskirts their pulse pumps in the rhythm of the day. The kings of the gravel segment takes some of them by surprise. But all get through it unscathed. Ready for the first of two coffee stops along the course.

Werner Coolen’s iconic fire truck is parked outside the Achelse Kluis, a monastery located on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. Time to briefly review the first segment. And time for laughter.

After a short while, the Backyard Breakaway peloton takes off to head south. Following along the Bocholt-Herentals channel the teams get deeper into the Limburg region and finally reach the kings of the rolling hills segment.

A couple of horse-drawn carriages make their way up the climb before the teams emerge from the drizzle. They don’t block the way, though, and all teams are able to challenge the clock.

The rain helped to harden the loose gravel. And makes for mud-covered faces at the end of the segment. From here it’s only a couple of kilometers to the second coffee stop.

The drizzle turns into proper rain for a while as the teams make their way back to the Achelse Kluis. All boilers of Werner’s coffee machine are running as the teams roll onto the parking lot. For some the next brew will be what they need to get them home.

Back at the Cyklist, the World Championship race heats up in Yorkshire. In conditions that arguably worse than the ones the Backyard Breakaway teams faced. The café gets loud as Mathieu van der Poel makes his way to the front group. Time for us to award the fastest teams of the day.

It’s been great to see so many riders turning up for the inaugural Backyard Breakaway. And even though van der Poel isn’t able to make his move count in the end, it doesn’t spoil the mood. Smiles for miles are still setting the scene a couple of hours after the ride and talks turn for the next editions of the Backyard Breakaway.

Featured products

Scope Jersey

The Scope jersey is a lightweight short sleeve jersey.

69,00 EUR

Scope Custom

Our custom wheels make your bike look even more unique. 

From 1.496,00 EUR

The inaugural Backyard Breakaway was supported by the Cyklist Wielercafe, Il Magistrale Cycling Coffee and JGuillem. All photos by Yorit Kluitman.

Scope Backyard Breakaway

Experiencing Eindhoven’s hidden roads

It’s still dark outside when the alarm goes off. A few raindrops are making their way down the window. The weather is better than the forecast predicted. Wet, but not too wet. A typical fall day, sort of.

Putting up the signs for the kings of the rolling hills and the kings of the gravel segments sets the mood for the day and as we lift the last flag onto its pole outside the Cyklist at 8h30am the first riders arrive for an early morning brew.

The clouds are still hanging deep over Eindhoven but it’s dry as the teams roll out from the café to explore the course of the Backyard Breakaway. Each team is joined by riders of Scope sponsored professional continental team Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Together with Yorit Kluitman, the mastermind behind the Pathfinder Giro, we designed a course that shows the diversity of the local heaths south of Eindhoven, but that would also take riders through local forests and into the hills of the Belgian part of Limburg.

Leaving Eindhoven’s city center, the streets are as empty as they get on a damp Sunday morning in fall. Narrow bike paths lead the riders out of town and as they reach the outskirts their pulse pumps in the rhythm of the day. The kings of the gravel segment takes some of them by surprise. But all get through it unscathed. Ready for the first of two coffee stops along the course.

Werner Coolen’s iconic fire truck is parked outside the Achelse Kluis, a monastery located on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. Time to briefly review the first segment. And time for laughter.

After a short while, the Backyard Breakaway peloton takes off to head south. Following along the Bocholt-Herentals channel the teams get deeper into the Limburg region and finally reach the kings of the rolling hills segment.

A couple of horse-drawn carriages make their way up the climb before the teams emerge from the drizzle. They don’t block the way, though, and all teams are able to challenge the clock.

The rain helped to harden the loose gravel. And makes for mud-covered faces at the end of the segment. From here it’s only a couple of kilometers to the second coffee stop.

The drizzle turns into proper rain for a while as the teams make their way back to the Achelse Kluis. All boilers of Werner’s coffee machine are running as the teams roll onto the parking lot. For some the next brew will be what they need to get them home.

Back at the Cyklist, the World Championship race heats up in Yorkshire. In conditions that arguably worse than the ones the Backyard Breakaway teams faced. The café gets loud as Mathieu van der Poel makes his way to the front group. Time for us to award the fastest teams of the day.

It’s been great to see so many riders turning up for the inaugural Backyard Breakaway. And even though van der Poel isn’t able to make his move count in the end, it doesn’t spoil the mood. Smiles for miles are still setting the scene a couple of hours after the ride and talks turn for the next editions of the Backyard Breakaway.

Featured products

Scope Jersey

The Scope jersey is a lightweight short sleeve jersey.

69,00 EUR

Scope Custom

Our custom wheels make your bike look even more unique. 

From 1.496,00 EUR

The inaugural Backyard Breakaway was supported by the Cyklist Wielercafe, Il Magistrale Cycling Coffee and JGuillem. All photos by Yorit Kluitman.

Scope Backyard Breakaway

Experiencing Eindhoven’s hidden roads

It’s still dark outside when the alarm goes off. A few raindrops are making their way down the window. The weather is better than the forecast predicted. Wet, but not too wet. A typical fall day, sort of.

Putting up the signs for the kings of the rolling hills and the kings of the gravel segments sets the mood for the day and as we lift the last flag onto its pole outside the Cyklist at 8h30am the first riders arrive for an early morning brew.

The clouds are still hanging deep over Eindhoven but it’s dry as the teams roll out from the café to explore the course of the Backyard Breakaway. Each team is joined by riders of Scope sponsored professional continental team Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Together with Yorit Kluitman, the mastermind behind the Pathfinder Giro, we designed a course that shows the diversity of the local heaths south of Eindhoven, but that would also take riders through local forests and into the hills of the Belgian part of Limburg.

Leaving Eindhoven’s city center, the streets are as empty as they get on a damp Sunday morning in fall. Narrow bike paths lead the riders out of town and as they reach the outskirts their pulse pumps in the rhythm of the day. The kings of the gravel segment takes some of them by surprise. But all get through it unscathed. Ready for the first of two coffee stops along the course.

Werner Coolen’s iconic fire truck is parked outside the Achelse Kluis, a monastery located on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. Time to briefly review the first segment. And time for laughter.

After a short while, the Backyard Breakaway peloton takes off to head south. Following along the Bocholt-Herentals channel the teams get deeper into the Limburg region and finally reach the kings of the rolling hills segment.

A couple of horse-drawn carriages make their way up the climb before the teams emerge from the drizzle. They don’t block the way, though, and all teams are able to challenge the clock.

The rain helped to harden the loose gravel. And makes for mud-covered faces at the end of the segment. From here it’s only a couple of kilometers to the second coffee stop.

The drizzle turns into proper rain for a while as the teams make their way back to the Achelse Kluis. All boilers of Werner’s coffee machine are running as the teams roll onto the parking lot. For some the next brew will be what they need to get them home.

Back at the Cyklist, the World Championship race heats up in Yorkshire. In conditions that arguably worse than the ones the Backyard Breakaway teams faced. The café gets loud as Mathieu van der Poel makes his way to the front group. Time for us to award the fastest teams of the day.

It’s been great to see so many riders turning up for the inaugural Backyard Breakaway. And even though van der Poel isn’t able to make his move count in the end, it doesn’t spoil the mood. Smiles for miles are still setting the scene a couple of hours after the ride and talks turn for the next editions of the Backyard Breakaway.

Featured products

Scope Jersey

The Scope jersey is a lightweight short sleeve jersey.

69,00 EUR

The inaugural Backyard Breakaway was supported by the Cyklist Wielercafe, Il Magistrale Cycling Coffee and JGuillem. All photos by Yorit Kluitman.