The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Mon 23/May/11 6:45pm

Do you consider yourself a hardman?

There is a type of hardman that is unequivocal. The Flahute.

The term Flahute is thought to be coined by French journalists after WWII who used it endearingly to describe their Belgian neighbours, the cyclists who rode the legs off their rivals over the pave and through cold, rainy conditions. These were people that had just had their country torn apart by war. People who gave themselves one choice, pick beets all day or become a cyclist. Either of which led to a career of suffering. One of which may have also led to praise by his countrymen and perhaps even glory. These are riders, it has been said, that consider le Tour to be a series of long training rides. The exception that proves this rule is, of course, Eddy Merckx. Roger De Vlaeminck, Mr. Paris-Roubaix and a noted Flahute, defines them this way; “They’re just those guys who know how to ride faster than anybody else over cobblestones and in the rain.” Flahute has also been defined as the only guy who finishes a 200k race that 125 guys start. Franco Ballerini was one. As was Johan Musseeuw.
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Try your hand at the series of rides over Winter.
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby Al_Bushman on Mon 23/May/11 9:24pm

Might have to break out the 1987 Vitus for one of these. Tubulars over the shoulers etc :)
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Mon 23/May/11 9:35pm

The Flahute thinks this is worthy.
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Thu 26/May/11 3:12pm

The Flahute is pleased with registrations to date and the arrival of perfect Flahute training weather...
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Thu 26/May/11 4:51pm

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/17259889[/vimeo]

Thanks to oldslowandbroken
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby way_downsouth on Thu 26/May/11 9:42pm

The Flahute wrote:[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/17259889[/vimeo]

Thanks to oldslowandbroken


Urgh. Cross bikes off of a cross course.
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby Oli on Thu 26/May/11 10:56pm

It's the late Franco Ballerini, not Ballerino.
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Fri 27/May/11 8:48am

Thank you sensei.
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Fri 27/May/11 8:50am

way_downsouth wrote:
The Flahute wrote:[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/17259889[/vimeo]

Thanks to oldslowandbroken


Urgh. Cross bikes off of a cross course.


It is also not raining or enough pain or anguish in evidence, but still it makes the Flahute chuckle.
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby Oli on Fri 27/May/11 9:33am

The Flahute wrote:Thank you sensei.
:D :thumbsup:
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby Joel on Fri 27/May/11 12:14pm

love it. my kind of riding. :cool:
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Fri 27/May/11 5:53pm

In case people where thinking these stages were a bit light, depending on how the first three stages go, there is a 118km Mountain Stage and a 123km Flat Stage waiting in the wings...
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby Percy Pig on Fri 27/May/11 7:15pm

The Flahute wrote:In case people where thinking these stages were a bit light, depending on how the first three stages go, there is a 118km Mountain Stage and a 123km Flat Stage waiting in the wings...

Is there a downhill only section? :)
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby The Flahute on Fri 27/May/11 7:39pm

Yes there are plenty, just after the uphill warm-up sections...
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Re: The Flahute 2011

Postby Percy Pig on Fri 27/May/11 8:11pm

The Flahute wrote:Yes there are plenty, just after the uphill warm-up sections...

You mean the steps into the pub? :eh:
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