The race itself proved to be an absolutely thrilling experience, with hundreds of thousands of fans lining Flemish roads.
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I handed a camera to Bruno and, after a quick tutorial on how to use it, suggested he shoot from the hill to capture the riders passing below.
However, this time there was no-one watching, so Bruno drove up onto the footpath and managed to get around.
Last year, spectators of the Tour of Flanders, which celebrated its 101st anniversary, were treated to yet another epic race.The windmill I had planned to use in my shot was obstructed by public toilets and a stage.The next road was also closed.Relieved that I didnt need to find an alternate spot in a hurry, I readied myself for the riders, who were already on the descent towards Paterberg.Gilbert's solo ride to the finish is one for the history books, but there's another one that comes to mind!Still, I didnt have long to come up with an alternative shot, the police motos and road closure vehicles were already thundering across the cobbles.The first was to stay put and get another shot of the riders on the Kwaremont, or, alternatively, set up my bike and ride to the Paterberg trying to stay ahead of the riders.I needed to find another way round.And you can be there too.And further intrigue has been added to proceedings this year with modern Classics legends Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) both having to miss the race through injury.
I checked the rider schedule there was still time to try and find a third road through.
It is probably best they were speaking Dutch, so I had no idea what they were yelling.
My navigation was going surprisingly well, before things took the inevitable turn and we hit a series of road blocks.
The toughest of the seasons cobbled Classics takes place on Sunday, with the Tour of Flanders or Ronde van Vlaanderen seeing the WorldTours hardmen take on Belgiums iconic cobbled bergs.I got to the top of the Paterberg, leaned my bike against the fence and unpacked my camera.Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016 0, looking at my carefully marked-out map, this work of art, I kept thinking about the press briefing from the day before.Security was tight; my camera bag was searched before entering the team area.As they came powering up the horrifically steep climb, to the chorus of screaming fans and flags waving all over the place, I couldnt help but think of the farmer that paved this hill in cobbles just so the Ronde would pass by his house.A bearded dude jogging the cobbles in front of hordes of drunken fans gave rise to plenty of comments.A police officer tapped my shoulder and gestured for me to keep to the side.The sheer number of fans, all trying to get around the course to see as many spots as possible, results in traffic chaos.