Belgium – Home of Eddy Merckx

| March 22, 2016 10:37 am

Belgium – Home of Eddy Merckx

My thought goes out to the victims in Brussels and with the people of Belgium in this difficult time.

“Belgium-the strong and resilient heart of cycling. It has persevered through much. This will be no different #encoulerputaindemerdeterroists” tweeted Jonathan Vaughters

Etixx – Quick-Step will fly a black flag on their team cars and their riders will wear black arm bands.

Despite fear of more attacks, race organizers of Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen and Friday’s E3 Harelbeke in Belgium tentatively decided to stage the races as planned. I applaud them.

It is tempting to just say “OK, I will stay home and be safe.” That is exactly what the terrorists want us to believe — to disrupt our way of life.

After the 9/11 attack, New York Mayor Guilliani said: “We need you to come to New York and visit and spend money.” It was blunt and honest. To not continue to be a tourist because of the bombing in Brussels, Istanbul, Paris, and London, would simply add insult to injury.

Many ACTCers are planning their cycling vacation around the world and hope that you stay strong with your conviction. Of course be mindful, we all have to be today, even just going to Caltrain or the theatre, but please go on your vacation and have a great time.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” — Mark Twain

Tony Le, ACTC President

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