Dear follower and reader of the blog (are you one and the same?), The Wattmeister proffers his apologies for the recent lack of written material. If the truth be known, it will soon be his turn to pay for the coffees at Feast Café after the regular Saturday morning visit of the Muswell Hill Peloton to Regents Park.
It is amazing to witness how the group swells from an average attendance of approximately 5 riders to an astoundingly full complement of around 15 riders when the Peloton realises it is TW’s turn to fork out.
To wit, during the week, The Wattmeister had to undergo a minor surgical operation to have his wallet removed. This procedure involved absolutely no physical pain, but an immense amount of psychological suffering.
A few days recuperation followed with a trip to Holland in the company of the Wattmeisterin in order to visit his mother-in-law in Holland. Unfortunately, the anaesthetic had worn off.
During the visit, two important bike races took place in Belgium. On Saturday 28th February, the cobbled season started with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in which Ian Stannard of Team Sky famously and magnificently retained his crown from last year. Outnumbered by 3 Quickstep team mates in a four man break, Stannard looked set for third place at best, but elicited high praise from the Belgian commentators for his strength and tactical nous. It is worth bearing in mind that he broke his back in April of last year.
The following day, in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Mark Cavendish produced a scintillating burst of speed into a headwind (à la Wattmeister) to overhaul the man in form, Alexander Kristoff which put right the debacle which befell Team Ettix/Quickstep on Saturday.
Victories for British riders on consecutive days in Belgium are a rare phenomenon. One has to go back to March 1979 when The Wattmeister himself took the now defunct Tompoes Schild on Friday and doubled up with a win in the Gevulde Koek on Saturday, thereby gaining 17 lbs in the process (we didn’t use kgs back then).