Back on the Koppenberg after years. First time I hit this climb was part of the Flanders sportive about four years previous. Again I hadn’t packed my Garmin sovnew I had to hit it hard to make up for past mistakes.
Punishment was due. My riding colleagues, Wayne aka the Don and Steve ‘Churros’ armed with mounted GoPro, started the course from the timed line. We attacked. Wayne pulling out in front immediately with a big kick of power. I did my best to close on his wheel attempting to gain some draft before his superior fitness had the chance to spit out mine.
Steve followed with the GoPro. Capturing me taking a skittish line on one of the steepest sections. He even weaved just after himself. The cobbled gradient was punishing.
See the video of the effort here….