Frankie, are you going to win?

The nonchalant tone of the question surprised Eamon Lucas, as if this Belgian fan had asked if he planned to wear shoes that day. The fan wanted to know if he should wager a few Euros on Lucas before the start of this kermesse race. After all, Lucas was the favorite, having claimed nine kermesse victories throughout the 2019 season — an amazing haul for a journeyman American in Belgium’s insular amateur racing scene.

“I don’t know if I’m going to win today,” Lucas replied. He thought about his answer and then clarified.

“OK, I’m going to win,” he said. “I’ll go full gas today.”

The August temperature soared as the 100 or so riders sped around the town of Marke, outside Kortrijk. Four riders sprinted up the road, and Lucas gave chase with a French rider in tow. For the next hour the six riders traded pulls. As the group headed into the finale, Lucas rode at the head of the breakaway. He took an extra-wide line into the final turn and watched his companions surge up the inside, as he quickly

Vous lisez un aperçu, inscrivez-vous pour en lire plus.

Plus de Velonews

Velonews6 min de lectureAutomotive
Virtually All Road Bikes Are Now All-road Bikes
The bike industry has a funny way of wrapping around on itself. A decade or so ago, buying a road bike meant buying a road bike. Outside of brand, color, components, and eventually frame material, there weren’t a ton of options to consider. But then
Velonews3 min de lectureChemistry
Stopping Ultraviolet Light
Blocking ultraviolet radiation (UV) keeps your eyes healthy. Being of higher energy and shorter wavelength than visible light (and longer wavelength and lower energy than X-rays), ultraviolet radiation is invisible to the human eye and is characteriz
Velonews4 min de lecture
Used, Not Abused
Buying a used bicycle online is a rite of passage for many cyclists, and in recent years the digital marketplace for second-hand bikes has exploded. E-commerce companies like The Pro’s Closet and BikeExchange have joined the online auction site Ebay