That's too easy - I did the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclosportive last Saturday.
Note: I didn't take these pics, they were done by a professional that was providing photo service for the event.
Last edited by K.Katso; 04-05-12 at 12:58 AM.
I regularly ride "De Muur van Geraardsbergen":
The last time I did it was 2 weeks ago at the end of "MuurChallenge" ... a sort of mass-riding-and-climbing-de-Muur-event.
It's a shame they took it out of the course of "De Ronde" this year.
We also did "De Bosberg" at the start of that ride:
Horrible, horrible stuff. I love watching the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix, but riding that stuff is hard, and ghastly in the wet. I broke two ribs at the start of December coming off on a steep section of wet cobbles. Next time I'll have the sense to get off and walk.
There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
Here's a photo that I took last year near Roubaix, in the section Camphin-en-Pévèle
I have to add a little note saying that I didn't actually take those pictures.
When I'm climbing these things I hardly find breath enough to do anything but keep riding.
Those cobbles in the last Roubaix picture look pretty easy (for cobblestones) ... they're laid out nice 'n flat and the mud between them smooths things out.
Compared to "De Muur", where the cobbles are pointy and laid out in a fashion specifically to make it as hard as possible, that is.
Here are some of our local ones in B'more, these are in pretty good shape compared to some of the other parts.
This is the only stretch of road I know of around here is isn't conventional paving. Although, sometimes I think the chip seal we get might qualify as cobbles.
These are in Maastricht, just downriver from Liege.
From C&V to the 41:
setts, not cobbles.
ill have to get a picture of the ones at the harbor east roundabout, now also featuring intermittent steel plates.
2011 Wilier Imperiale Compagnolo Super Record, 38mm tubulars.
2009 Scattante Team Shimano Dura-Ace 7900, 38mm clinchers.
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