During our visit to Belgium earlier this year, we got to take a trip to the Telenet-Fidea pro cyclocross team service course with the guys from Ridley. It was by far probably the most interesting experience we had in Belgium.
Let’s start by saying ‘cross is to Beligum what football is to America. The country goes crazy for some CX racing, and and Telenet-Fidea is one of the most popular teams in Belgium, and has consistently generated some of the sport’s biggest stars, as well as National and World Champions.
Telenet-Fidea is own by a guy named Hans, and Hans is a total boss. Not only did he spend over an hour discussing everything from his opinion of American food to who the next CX champ is going to be, but he also gave us a personal tour of the service course.
Hans owns an asbestos removal business, and runs the Telenet team out of the same office. The office garage is divided into two parts: one holds all the asbestos removal supplies, trucks and so one; the other houses the Telenet-Fidea team service course, Hans’s huge collection of cycling memorabilia, his motorcycle collectibles, and his Ferrari. Yes, you read that correctly. While we were there Niels Wubben just kind of showed up to hang out for a bit, we saw plenty of bikes, and Hans gave us some awesome yellow TF Team mittens.
So, without further ado, we present The Performance Visit To The Telenet-Fidea Service Course.
THE SERVICE COURSE
It’s amazing what fits into a garage in an office park. Aside from all the equipment of a home-improvement business, there’s also plenty of bikes, wheels, clothing and equipment.
HANS’S COOL STUFF
As if having a service course in your garage isn’t cool enough, Hans has gone one step further and transformed it into the ultimate man-cave. Complete with Ferrari.
PAYING THE BILLS
Owning a cycling team is expensive. Hans pays the bills by removing asbestos.
See more about our trip to Belgium Here
- Introducing Ridley Bikes at Performance Bicycle
- Interview with Ridley founder Joachim Aerts
- Ridden and Reviewed: Ridley Fenix
- Ridden and Reviewed: Ridley Helium
- Performance Visits The Paterberg
- The Ronde van Vlaanderen Sportif
- Performance Ultra SL Kit Review
- How To Climb Steep Hills
- About Cyclocross