VC St Raphael Cycling Club

Young Charlie's continental experience

Charlies first race as a VC St Raphael rider was in Belgium on Saturday in a small town, Evergem, just north of Gent. The Belgians were extremely welcoming and supportive, ‘Charlie Cooper from VC St Raphael in England is riding today’ was called out on the tannoy. The organisation was superb!

A field of 30 or so started the 10 laps of 6.7km at a quite a pace on the well marshalled circuit, Charlie tried to breakaway a few times with the goal of winning one of the nine primes. He thought he’d got one of the sprints in the bag, only to find out there was another rider up the road – better luck next time! He finished in the main field and finished ‘mid table’ a very happy Charlie in his new kit!


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That was Saturday and Sunday was in Deinze, just south of Gent. Again, 30 or so riders in the field for 10 laps of a 6km circuit. Hard and fast racing was the order of the day! After 8 of the 10 laps, Charlie's legs starting to suffer from the previous day’s effort, so he finished but just off the pace.


All in all, he thoroughly benefitted from the experience and the weekend’s 130 km of race pace riding!


A big thank you to Mick and Jason for their support, his new structure is making him more competitive! We will return there in 2015.


Report kindly submitted by Steve Cooper