Groundhog Day! The calendar reads just one or two years later, but a quick scroll through my memory rolodex and I’ve been here before. Yup, Ronde Van Vlaanderen Eve. This being year number three, I see the familiar sights and I recognize friendly faces from our hotel and even around Kortrijk – homebase for the past two weeks. The roster has had some minor tweaks and obviously we’re racing with the flashy Cannondale Pro Cycling colors, but with a few fewer butterflies in my stomach than years’ past, I’m ready for the Ronde.
To others, maybe it’s Christmas Eve since the RVV is their religion. Yup, it sounds like hyperbole, but if people can worship the sun, then I’m fairly certain there are folks who bow to the hallowed cobbles and repeated climbs of Flanders.
So with the pillar of the spring classics on tap in just a few hours, we spun 2013’s final team easy ride up and down the Kortrijk canal, had one last trip to the cafe/bakery/chocolate shop, and one last photo op with the friendly folks inside. Lots of horizontal time today with naps, massage, and generally exerting ourselves as little as humanly possible occupying the majority of the day.
So until next year Kortrijk, hasta la pasta! Meanwhile, we’re going to bed hoping to be doing some of this in 24 hours.