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Old 07-15-12, 09:44 AM   #1
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Benelux C&V meetup @ cycle museum//Ride Report!

Well, it was a great time, and I think all will agree.

We arrived on the cool, wet, Belgium "summer" day at the Musee du Cycle in Weyler, Belgium. CMAW took his time, but made it just before we started off. Attending were CMAW, StevenC, and non-Fixie. Phillipe welcomed us into his home for a quick cafe warmup prior to the ride, and we talked a bit at this kitchen table. Soon we were on our way, as Phillipe had drawn up a great little route near the French border (car portage required).

The rogues gallery (left to right; StevenC, CMAW, Phillipe Tibesar, me, non-fixie...I think I got that right...):

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And so Bastille Day found us dipping our tires just into the French countryside near the grand old fort of Montmerdy for about 15k of nice hills and cool temps. Phillipe had figured out a great little restaurant, where I got to try a "new" trappist ale called "Mont De Cats", the first in France. Our little merry group, just after chowing down on some great steaks and fine beer:

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We took a pic on the way out:

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And at a very cool cathedral in a tiny village a few kilometers down the rue:

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And off again for a nice spin back to the cars in spotty sun and warming temps. Phillipe, by far the strongest rider of our group, led the whole way on his cool Felt 3 speed (kicking myself for not getting pics of it) rainbike, which basically looked like a nice single speed with a suspicioulsy fat rear hub and a bar end. Once back at the cars we headed for the Museum, and the business at hand.

The guys watched the film that I saw the first trip, while I started shooting more pics to document this grand museum. I won't even try to post them here, but will share the slideshow link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7663691...7629788991396/

And just a few to whet your appetite:

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Yes, this is a Merckx ridden bike (check the provenance letter). I know what you're thinking, and the Merckx factory did a re-spray once the lineage was proven :
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We all, I think, had a great time with Phillipe, and it was a great honor to have him spend the whole day with us, riding and talking old bikes, racing, the TdF, all of it. StevenC and Non-Fixie brought me some fine beer samples to compensate for my setting up the trip; much obliged gentlemen!

I hope the "Benelux Chapter" of C&V can manage another get together soon, and maybe this time Italuminum and a few others might just get their act(s) together...hoping the pics tempt you guys!

Phillipe really enjoyed having us, and the more folks who visit the better for him. For those who didn't see my earlier post, his link is here:

http://museeducycle-weyler.be/

It's a private museum, which means you need to call and set an appointment for him to meet you, and know French or Flemish as he speaks little English. I hope many C&Vers have the chance to meet this fine gentleman and support his museum, truly a bastion of our hobby and a storehouse of great cycling lore.

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Old 07-15-12, 10:06 AM   #2
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Nice writeup and looks like a terrific day. I would have loved to tag along...even with my francais d'un enfant.
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Sounds like a good time, and it's cool to see the different generations of C&V enthusiasts represented. Also cool to see a Deschutes jersey in Belgium!
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Thanks Dphi, yep, that was me. I have a couple of Oregon brew jerseys, but I sure wish Ninkasi or Oakshire had one.

OK, a few more:

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The guys getting some inside info:

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Now that looked like a great time!
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Thank you for posting about your get together. A lot of history and a great time. Another stop to be added on my trip (someday).
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Too bad that between all the family/GF obligations I had this weekend prevented me from joining you... But nice pics and maybe another time!
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Next time non-Fixie's going to drag you off at gunpoint...
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Great pics Poprad. Looks like a fine time.
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Great write up Poprad and some really cool pics.
It looks like it was a terrific day.
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Yes, a true bunch of rogues, that's what they invented Photoshop for, Poprad! Thanks again for setting this thing up, it was a really nice day.
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Thanks again for the organisation Poprad and everyone for the company.
Here's the strava for the short ride.
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Hey CMAW; need your addy to mail the book! I know what you mean about photoshop; had I more time I'd have given us all the lower body of Greipel.
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What a great place to start the meetup. Thanks for the pictures.

I stumbled into a bike museum in Lincoln, England. Great museum.

I've been meaning to visit the Metz Bicycle Museum in Freehold, NJ. I should definitely go before I leave NJ!
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Thx Poprad, for setting this up. Certainly worth the trip and the beer! Great pix too!

@ StevenC: nice, that Strava!
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Thanks for posting the photos and sharing the event with us!
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