Gallery: Onto the cobbles at Belgian ‘Opening Weekend’

by Matt de Neef

photography by Kristof Ramon and Rhode Van Elsen


For many cycling purists, the road cycling season only really began this past weekend. Those races earlier in the year? Mere warm-ups before Belgian ‘Opening Weekend’: the combination of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday (men and women) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday (men only).

As the riders got their first taste of cobblestone racing for the spring, photographers Kristof Ramon and Rhode Van Elsen were there to capture the action. Rhode’s spent the past few years working as Kristof’s ‘sidekick’ but is stepping up this year to shoot more women’s races, and we couldn’t be happier.

You’ll see Rhode’s photos from the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad below, as well as Kristof’s photos from the men’s Omloop, and KBK.

If you’d like to read about how each of the races unfolded, the following links will help you: