A few pictures from the Muur-Kapelmuur 6/04/08

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by Domestique, 13 Apr 2008.

  1. Domestique

    Domestique Über Member

    A bakery in Geraardsbergen

    The bottom of the hill

    The top of the hill

    Nicole Cook

    Stijn Devolder on his way to victory

    Tom Boonen
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Exterminate Christmas! Moderator

    That top pic's making me hungry! :blush:
  3. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Excellent, it would be a shame to eat it really, where would you start? Wheels first?
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Good stuff - Geraardsbergen was my Gran's home town before she moved to Britain.
  5. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    For some reason Boonens bike looks different to an off-the-peg Specialized bike.
  6. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    Great photos. Thanks for that. A couple of them made me cuss out loud.
  7. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Specialized did him some bespoke front forks I believe, with Zertz inserts, like those in the seat stays.
  8. simonali

    simonali Guru

    Logo seems a teeny bit bigger, too?!
  9. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    Here's one of the Kemmelberg:


    Okay, it isn't really the Kemmelberg but it gives you an idea of what it would have been like coming down it before they put the tarmac descent in this year - madness!

    I've posted this picture before - it is The Buttress in Hebden Bridge. I tried riding down it once but only got about 50 metres before I chickened out and that wasn't on the steepest section. I almost crashed when I braked. Believe it or not - this is on the official route of the Pennine Cycleway - crazy decision of the route planners. There is a quiet road parallel to that which is (just) rideable so I think they should have used that instead.

    I've only heard of one guy managing to ride up it. I'm going to have a go when I've lost a lot of weight. It wouldn't be quite so bad on a mountain bike, but it would be an absolute killer on a road bike. The bottom section is close to 30% and there is a drainage channel to get over at the top of that.
  10. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Swiss Hill is better / rougher (Alderley Edge) - You are only meant to go up this type of hill.......
  12. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!


    That doesn't look worse... but I still wouldn't fancy riding up or down it!

    As for the Buttress... it is criminally stupid to send cyclists down it, but the cycleway sign at the top does just that!

    I tell you what - I fancy a stroll. I'll take my camera out and film the climb/descent. I'll post it on YouTube later.
  13. simonali

    simonali Guru

    Try Gold Hill in Dorset.
  14. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    Panoramic view on the BBC website.

    That's the 'Hovis' hill isn't it!

    Hang on, by the mighty power of Google/YouTube I bring you... a classic British TV ad from way back ;)!

    Yep, that's pretty damn tough, but at least there is some room for zigzagging. The Buttress is too narrow for that so you either go straight up it, or more likely, you don't!

    I like Somerset, Devon and Cornwall but I've never been to Dorset. It looks really nice down there - I must go down with my bike one day.
  15. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    Who do you have to write to to get that hill included in the Tour of Britain? The Muur van Gold!!
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