Zonhoven is one of the farthest race in the calendar, it is a two hour drive from my Belgian base in Kortrijk and it takes almost three hours on the way home to reach Calais.
However, Zonhoven is always a treat, because it has one of the most difficult course features around, a massive sand pit. The sand is shin-deep and the slope is very steep, so an average cyclist would be very cautious to roll down the hill.
Not the pros, though. Some just coast but many actually pedal on the way down, which is an impressive feat, looks great but it’s a feat I’d never try myself.
The crowd was massive and even the torrential rain during the U23s race couldn’t deter the fans. It was good day for me, managed find great angles, cocked up a few others, nothing unusual. The icing on the cake was the rain during the U23s race: finally, I could use my waterproof camera covers. I was sitting in the rain and I was laughing. I invested over £400 in waterproof camera covers last September and this far I hadn’t had the chance to use them.
Having driven over seven hours today, I’m absolutely knackered, so without further ado, enjoy the photos – and I’ll be back on Saturday from Niel, with the Jaarmarktcross.