I probably write this every single year, but I do love the Gavere course. Part of the magic is probably that the my first time here was really great, but I think the difficulty of the course is a great pull for me, too.
And it is a difficult course, in many respects. It’s difficult for the riders, the descents are fast and rather muddy and the climbs are tough. But it’s hard for us, photographers. The race course is pretty compact and it means that even a smaller crowd turns it into a busy people-soup and moving around becomes a challenge. But I dont’ mind it, I just enjoy the racing and the spectacular venue amidst some magnificent trees.
Next week is Koksijde, many US and international riders are due to appear on the start line, which is definitely something I am looking forward to. More to come soon.