Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 7, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff and Marianne Vos crowned European road champions; Mikel Landa takes out the Vuelta a Burgos; Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles; James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race; Cameron Meyer rejoins Orica-Scott in three-year deal; Andrey Amador injured in training crash; Lucas Hamilton targeting Tour de l’Avenir success; Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves; Worst race ever? CCB duo survives rough Tour of Qinghai Lake; Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning.

Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning

by CyclingTips

This is a great read at Rouleur about a man who’s provided support for some of the biggest names in the sport: Cavendish, Froome, Gaviria. His name’s Tim Harris and he runs a house in Belgium that’s become somewhat legendary in the European cycling scene. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The whole thing really started in 2003 with a puncture. Tim Harris, the chair-trading retired racer, was out on his bike, enjoying, or perhaps simply enduring, the endless network of quiet, concrete roads that criss-cross the landscape, when he felt it go. He wasn’t far from home, so it was perhaps even more irritating to puncture right there. He stopped outside a tall, double-fronted red brick house, and set about changing his tube.

He glanced up at the building. It was rather fetching, detached, with ornate brickwork decoration; a typically proud example of provincial bourgeois architecture of the late 19th century; not unusual in this part of the world, but perhaps an unusually fine example. It was the oldest house in the neighbourhood, and, after a variety of incarnations, most recently as a supermarket, it had become somewhat (very) dilapidated. But, he couldn’t help but notice, it was for sale. Chairs had been selling well. In the early part of the 21st century, a lot of people had wanted to sit down.

So he bought the house. And then the cyclists came.

Follow the link to read the full article at Rouleur.