Pepe’s EuroReport: Tom Says Thanks

From one of the young guns of the sport to the seasoned veteran, Tom Boonen has found his way into the hearts of cycling fans across the world. Such world-class skill & sportsmanship had to be celebrated with a world-class party.

In Zilvermeer, the forest & lake near Mol, a small crit course was set up, giving Tommeke a chance to go out in his final Pro race as a champion. Complete with flyover, it was a real spectator event.

Not to mention the friends of Tom coming out to race, including Johan Museeuw “The Lion of Flanders,” Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, and other pros from Quickstep, Lotto-NL Jumbo, and more teams from the UCI WorldTour.

IMG_9181Frites, beers, music, and bike racing. I stayed for several hours, watching my role model cyclists race around the course, then put on a bit of a celebration after.

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Even brought home a souvenir from Sagan himself.

Back to the racing grind for me, as May is the start of the great weather in Belgium and races, too, begin to heat up.



Interested in pro racing? Stay tuned for our report from the Amgen Tour of California!

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Joe Sullivan Pepe Higher Gear Gearhead cyclocross CCC Chicago Cup

Joe “Pepe” Sullivan is Higher Gear’s very own European correspondent based out of Leuven, Belgium where he attends university. Pepe is testing his mettle in the European racing circuit – in both road (riding his Specialized Venge, named “El Diablo Dos,” and his new Specialized Roubaix, Leuven Locomotive, a/k/a. “Loco”), and cyclocross (on his Specialized Crux) – as well as enjoying the famed cobbled streets that make European cycling so challenging.



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