In this episode of our mini-series from Flanders, Lionel meets two authors to discuss the cycling culture in the region.

Harry Pearson and Edward Pickering have both been working on books, each getting under the skin of cycling in Flanders, albeit with very different approaches.

Harry, who has more than a passing physical resemblance to two-time Tour of Flanders winner Edwig Van Hooydonck, has written about Belgium before in a book called A Tall Man in a Low Land. He’s spent the spring living in Ghent, travelling by public transport to races big and small to immerse himself in the sport’s culture.

Edward, the author of The Yellow Jersey Club and The Race Against Time, turned his attention to the Tour of Flanders for his forthcoming book, De Ronde. In the course of his research, he’s uncovered a side to the race he had not previously experienced.

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