12 Results for tag: belgium

Kilbride’s six beat the ‘Bergs in Belgium

A TRAIN of St. Tiernan's finest classicists took on the challenge of Ronde Van Vlaanderen - the Tour of Flanders, but none with a tale as telling as this to be told. Former club chairman, recent Vet's League winner, and all-round hardened Classics aficionado, Brian Kilbride was riding the cobbled streets of Flanders for an incredible 12th time. IT ... More

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2014 Part 2

Continued from LBL 2014 Part 1 By the turn in Bastogne we had only one categorized climb ticked off. . However we were pacing ourselves, we were eating and drinking well and we were enjoying the beautiful rolling Ardennes hills. Old German and American tanks litter the route particularly around Bastogne were the Battle of the Bulge took place in WWII. ... More

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2014 Part 1

Eight St.Tiernan's riders took part in this years edition of the toughest sportive on the spring classics calendar replicating the course of the race the professionals would ride the following day. A long winter of well thought out training had us all setting out reasonably assured that this year that the road book and not Belgian Rail timetables would ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 4

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 3 The Sunday exceeded all our expectations. We had a good nights kip but no one was able to make it up to head out to the main square for the pre-race interviews and introductions at 9am. There was a train at 11am to close to La Redoute and and a visit to the Philip Gilbert fan club . We had a quick coffee just ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 3

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 2 Temptation number two and the road to Trois Ponts and it's train station. I stopped to gather my thoughts - there was still plenty of light- should I stop for a while to eat and rest. I pressed on. A sharp turn just at the bottom of the descent from the Cote de Wanne. - and straight up the Cote de Stockeu. The ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 2

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 1 It was getting too cold to hang around so we departed in dribs and drabs and slowly assembled on the road. The turn off for the 160 km route was passed soon after and a worrying number were turning away . It seemed that we had missed the main crowds doing the big loop . Again relentless ascents and descents of ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 1

By Brian Kilbride Four club members, me, Bren, Dermot and Kevin headed to La Doyenne this year to test ourselves on one of the route of the oldest classic of them all. Seamus from Limerick sniffed out the possibility of an armchair ride through the Ardennes on Tiernan's rear wheels and signed up as well. We flew out to Brussels and then train to Liege. ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 5

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey On a long descent I passed Dean and was on my own for a while. Soon after Siobhán joined me. Dean and Emmet were behind us, and I was sure Brian, Dave and Seamus were home and hosed at this point. Darkess began to fall – it was a bit disconcerting to see them dismantling the Red Cross ... More