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Videos: Brussels couriers tackle the Tour of Flanders sportive - on a cargo bike

Riders from PedalBXL takes to the hellingen and cobbles - also, video of riding in Europe's most congested city...

Anyone who’s done the Tour of Flanders Cyclo – the sportive that takes place the day before the Belgian Monument – will know it’s hard. Following this year’s edition, we unearthed video of Londoner Joff Summerfield tackling it on his penny farthing, now here’s another one of a Brussels-based bike courier doing so on a cargo bike.

The rider’s no slouch either – he’s dropping people on road bikes on some of the cobbled hellingen, or hills, that characterise the race. According to the video, the three entrants from courier company PedalBXL made sure they included cobbles and climbs on their daily delivery routes to get themselves in shape for the event.

Pedal goes Ronde! from ryan le garrec on Vimeo.

We’ve covered the courier company before – they featured in this thought-provoking 20-minute film from 2012, called Brussels Express, about cycling in what is described as “Europe’s most congested city.”

If you haven’t seen it before, it’s well worth watching – and even if you have, it deserves a second look.

Brussels Express from Sander Vandenbroucke on Vimeo.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Matt eaton | 9 years ago

Cargo bikes with drop bars - that's the future!

Paul J | 9 years ago

"Pedal goes Ronde" - that makes my brain go "Arg!". "Pedal goes Rond" would be less painful to a dutch speaker ;).

Oshsan | 9 years ago

that guy passed me at the top of the Taaienberg! I asked him for a beer too

Rupert | 9 years ago

I definitely need to get one of these bikes for next years Flanders Cyclosportive  1

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