Stage 2 - A day of celebration (22/5) has been saved
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Date: Sunday 22 May
From: Augerville la Rivière
# kilometers: 139
# altimeters: 500
# flat tyres: 0
# bananas consumed: 36
# hours on the bike (shortest): 5
# hours on the bike (longest): 5
Not really a heroic stage today. More like an enjoyable ride on nice roads, mostly in the sun, through some vast forests and with good company. But there was one rider who did shine even brighter than all the others today: our hero of the day is our very own Joris “birthday boy” Bulens who celebrated the start of his 46th year with a good bike ride. Congratulations, Joris!
Donald Niesten was however a close contender for wearing the nicest pair of rainbow socks… ever.
Tonight we will spend the night in Vierzon. It’s hard to find trivia about Vierzon, but you may recognise this:
“T'as voulu voir Vierzon, et on a vu Vierzon.“
Exactly, this is the first line of Brel’s classic song Vesoul. So, both of these French communes were in fact made famous by a Belgian genius.
We have been blessed with excellent weather so far (although Sofie Van Breedam still believes the three drops of rain qualified as a shower—I do not want to jinx it, but let’s talk tomorrow 😊), only one flat tyre (just to make Ben pay for a bottle in fact), and, knock on wood, we have not suffered from any unwanted separations from our beloved bikes (i.e. no falls).
The only injuries to report are two blisters caused by new and too fancy shoes (Yves Rombauts), a sore Achilles tendon (although Vincent Debusschere says it already feels much better, so one Heineken can do the trick if you really want), and a poor attempt by Christophe Michiels to imitate the Belgian flag (wear more sunscreen!).
Not really a heroic stage today. More like an enjoyable ride on nice roads, mostly in the sun, through some vast forests and with good company.
Rolf Driesen is managing partner of Consulting, a practice with 1,000 consultants working across five offerings: Strategy, Analytics and M&A, Customer & Marketing, Business Operations, and Human Capital and Enterprise Performance. The last 20 years, Rolf has advised clients across a variety of industries and helped them to deliver their critical business transformation programmes. These programmes include shared services, outsourcing, offshoring, and business portfolio changes and restructurings.