I love the Koppenberg. I love it, love it, love it. I remember the first time I rounded the bend and saw it laid out above me, twisting into a tunnel of steepness. It blew me away. It still does. Like the Muur. Today, I shot the Koppenberg for me - I shot it from the bottom, because I’ve always wanted to see what it looks like when it fills up with bright colors and clanking bikes and heaving bodies. It’s beautiful. #rvv
MASSIVE BRONER FOR HENRI VAN LERBERGHE, THE ‘DEATHRIDER OF LICHTERVELDE’, RIGHT NOW.
HE TURNED UP ON THE START LINE OF THE 1919 TOUR OF FLANDERS STRAIGHT FROM THE TRENCHES WITHOUT A BIKE. HE BORROWED ONE, ATTACKED THE FAVOURITE JULES VANHEVEL IN FRONT OF HIS OWN HOUSE, AND STOPPED IN SIGHT OF THE VELODROME FOR A COUPLE OF BEERS BEFORE THE FINISH.
HE STILL FINISHED 14 MINUTES UP ON THE FIELD, DESPITE BEING SO WASTED HE HAD TO COMPLETE HIS LAP OF HONOUR ON FOOT.
INCIDENTALLY, HE WAS ALSO KNOWN AS 'RITTE’ - AND WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR A CERTAIN KICKASS BIKE BRAND.