For the rest of the week we'll be running up to the World Championships this weekend. I've been stashing videos and news items for a month, so stay-tuned for more than you ever wanted to know about Koksjide.
Before we start rolling Koksijde videos this week here's a quick peek at the general Koksijde tourist's brochure for this seaside resort.
Okay, here's a map. I think Koksijde is in Belgium, though that could change by the time you read this. It doesn't matter really. It could be in the Netherlands, Holland, Belgium, France, Flanderia, same chocolate, same cyclcross announcer. And those guys are the best by the way, even if you can't understand them.
If you're not racing the class Koksijde "Dune Race" you're out on the beach. Maybe with a horse and some big baskets. I'm thinking they're full of Belgium Beer. In Belgium (or wherever this really is) even the horses drink beer. That's why the big baskets.
Or you can take the family out for a stroll on the Koksijde beach in the winter, with the ice cold North Atlantic/English Channel breeze blowing up their asses. Sounds like fun? Here's what you'll probably hear:
Belgy Kids: "Hey dad, like this is the suckiest vacation ever. I mean there's no one here and I can't feel my fingers or toes."
Belgy Dad: "But we live in Belgium (or Netherlands, Holland, Flanderia) and it doesn't get any better than this. Want to go watch some World Championship Cyclocross? At least it will be fun to watch somebody that looks warm."
Belgy Mom: "Beat you to it. I just did Pauwels, Nys, Stybar and Wellens in one of team motor homes, and I'm so hot I could die."
Everyone: "Bart's feeling better? That's great news! Maybe he'll race this weekend! Let's go!"
Nice to see that the brochure also includes a shot of the race. Hey about about a Sleeping Bear Dunes Cyclocross Race? Who's up for riding an entire hour in ankle-deep sugar sand? Better question is who's going to be up for riding in mud tomorrow?