Belgium's Storied Cobbles Meet The All-New NS1
The Tour of Flanders is one of the most iconic one-day road cycling races in the world, held annually in the heart of Belgium. It's a race that has a long-standing tradition and history dating back to 1913, where many legends of the sport have battled to victory, and at times, defeat.
Boasting a distance of over 250 kilometers, “De Ronde” features infamous cobbles and steep climbs, which makes it known for being one of the most grueling events of the Spring classics.
Ventum athlete and American cycling icon, George Hincapie, recently returned to the hollowed, storied cobble roads that bore witness to his triumphs as a professional cyclist. Aboard his All-New NS1, he pedaled along the historic route remembering a by-gone era of crazed, cheering Belgian fans. Memories flooded back like a rushing river breaking through a dam, evoking nostalgia that fuels his passion for cycling today.
As Hincapie prepared for the trip, he wasn't sure what to expect from the notoriously extreme weather conditions in Belgium, "Even though it was cold and raining every day, I just had an absolute blast out there, and the NS1 gave me everything I wanted out of the bike," he exclaimed.
The winding roads and arduous terrain of Belgium’s classic gave ample opportunity to test the NS1 to the limit, “I was impressed by how stable and comfortable, yet responsive the NS1 was on the cobbled sections” George said.