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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
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Originally Posted by wesjac1418
Thanks alot for the great reply. It says under your name that you are a juniour, are you and how was the racing there. Do you come from SA? Would you cycle in Italy? Please send me some more info. Ive got a few connections here in South Africa but I dont think they can help too much. Thanks again.
No, I am not from SA, and I am now 40 y.o. My racing in Belgium was during the late 90's. I do have several SA friends though. A couple of them raced in Belgium back in the early 90's. Look up Andre Bekker in J-burg or email Clive DeSouza at www.glorycycles.com
He is now an American living in Orlando, Florida, USA. Both those guys still have some connections in Belgium.
Don't know much about racing in Italy, but I do know that any amateur that is not on a team in most Euro countries, will find it hard to get into races. As well, most of those countries are spread out and would require a car and good support.
That is why I always recommend Belgium to any aspiring racer. You'll have numerous races within a bike ride, and the sport is really appreciated by the Flemish public, so finding help once you get there is easy if you show potential.
You will most likely want to stay near Gent. I never stayed there, as I had friends in lots of other towns that I stayed with or near, but Gent has always been tons of foreigners staying around there. Cheap hostels and a couple teams that love to take on the foreigners. Plus, Gent is nicely located to many, many races.