Flandrien

27Jun07

picture taken by Stephan Vanfleteren

If you’re into cycling and know your classics (Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Luik-Bastenaken-Luik,…) you’ll definitly love the work of Stephan Vanfleteren. His “Flandrien” series is great. Buy the book from his website!

For those who are unfamiliar with the word “Flandrien” this is what Wikipedia has to say (in Dutch): A Flandrien is a cyclist who makes the competition hard by always choosing for the attack, never stopping until he reaches almost dead at the finish line. The word got its origing during the Flemmisch cycling competitions in the Interbellum when cyclists always had to fight against the badly places cobolstones on the Flemmish roads.

As a reference if you know Paris-Roubaix: we’re talking about 200-300km Bois-de-Villers. No nice flat roads inbetween, no cars providing food and drinks, repairing your own bike if it broke down,… The real stuff!

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