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      5 questions

      5 questions

      The next few days we will ask you some questions. No worries, no personal questions, it's all about your love for sports.⁣ One of us will answer the same questions in our Instagram story. Rutger, our social media and design guy, is kicking off today. ⁣

      Thanks for sharing your stories and have fun!⁣

      A quiz about Paris-Roubaix

      A quiz about Paris-Roubaix

      No cobbles, no flat tires, no drama, no dust. No screaming at the tv in our sweatpants. No beer, no coffee, no cake. No Trouée d'Arenberg, no Carrefour de l'Arbre. No Gilbert, no Štybar, no Sagan, no Terpstra, no Van Avermaet. No Paris-Roubaix 2020. Damn, that hurts! 

      We have two things to cheer you up a bit. A Paris-Roubaix quiz in our Instagram Stories and a new cycling collection on our website! ⁣

      The Final: Elefantino vs VDB

      The Final: Elefantino vs VDB

      The final is live! Who will be crowned as Erstwhile Cult Cyclist of the Nineties? Marco Pantani or Frank Vandenbroucke? ⁣Elefantino or VDB? You decide! Go to our Instagram stories and vote!⁣ The winner will be announced tomorrow at 16.00 CET! 

      We're looking forward to an epic final!

      Thanks for all your votes and the messages, it has been a great ride!⁣

      5 interesting facts about Roubaix

      5 interesting facts about Roubaix

      Coming Sunday there will be no Paris Roubaix this year, but we have some interesting facts about the Hell of the North.

      1.   Paris Roubaix had 117 editions and ...118 winners. In 1949 André Mahé was the first to cross the finish line, but he was sent the wrong way when entering the Vélodrome solo. Serse Coppi who won the sprint of the peloton afterwards, protested claiming he was the one who won it the ‘right’ way. The ASO solved it by giving the victory to the both of them.

      2.   The initial nickname is ‘La Pascale’ which literally means ‘The Easter’, this was because the first edition was held at Easter, April 19th 1896. People began naming it the Hell of the North in 1919 because the race cycled through the demolished landscape after the first World War.

      3.   The very first Cobble trophy was awarded in 1977 to Roger De Vlaeminck. Mr Paris-Roubaix Boonen still holds the record for the most victories in the race. De Vlaeminck won the cobbled classic in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1977. His record was equalised by Tom Boonen in 2012.

      4.   The fastest edition was in 2017, when Greg van Avermaet won it with a stunning average pace of 45,204 km/h, breaking Peter Posts record of 45,129 km/h in 1964.

      5.    To end the wins per country where Belgium takes it by a landslide

                ·      57 - Belgium
                ·      28 - France
                ·      13 - Italy
                ·      6 - The Netherlands
                ·      4 - Switzerland
                ·      2 - Australia, Germany, Ireland
                ·      1 - Luxemburg, Moldova, Slovakia, Sweden

      Cult Cyclist of the Nineties

      Cult Cyclist of the Nineties

      Mechelen took centre stage yesterday as Erstwhile held the draw to determine the final stages of the Erstwhile Cult Cyclist of the Nineties! The roster looks really great! There are some epic battles coming up, that's for sure!

      What do you think about Johan Museeuw - The Lion of Flanders - versus Gianni Bugno, who won the double victory in the World Championship?

      Or the battle between the talented Frank Vandenbroucke, the great hope of Belgian cycling in the nineties, and Djamolidine Abdoejaparov, nicknamed The Tashkent Terror, as he was so ferocious in the sprints? Time to discover the full draw and - more important - time to vote! Have fun!