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On thing that I have wanted to do for a long time is see cyclocross in Europe. I got my chance to do that last weekend. We rented a car and drove down to Brussels, Belgium on Saturday. Brussels was a fun town. They know how to eat. The whole town seemed to be filled with the smell of waffles. The waffles are amazing with little crunchy bits of sugar. I am not sure what the secret is but they are amazing. The old town center is beautiful with gothic buildings and little bars serving…Belgian beer of course! We sampled a number of tasty treats we’d never heard of before and walked home in the rain. Did I mention that is seems to rain a lot in Belgium?

On Sunday we headed southwest to Roubaix, France in the sunshine. It is a town just on the other side of the border. We learned that this is considered French Flanders. It feels like an extension of Belgium, but the signs are in French. The town is small but it seems to have a strong cycling legacy. The velodrome is right in the middle of town. The cross race was at the velodrome. Yesterday’s rain made for lots of mud, which made the race all the more fun to watch.  We sampled some great French frites and enjoyed some hot spiced wine as we admired everyone’s mud boots – part of the international Cyclo Cross uniform.   We even got to see an Oregon native cross racer warming up.

We had to leave a bit early to get back to Amsterdam. The Belgian country side is very nice but I think it looked even better when we crossed into the Netherlands. I think the windmills definitely add something.

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