One of the true strengths of bike racing is that it’s not confined to a single field or stadium. Instead, it takes place on everyday roads through often-beautiful countryside. As a result, the sport possesses a unique affinity with its environs, often rooted in the regions and countries where it is practiced. Such a rapport is never more the case than in Belgium, where the sport is deeply embedded in the nation’s history. Belgium is well known for its rich yet rugged farmlands with distinctly low horizon lines so typical of this corner of northern Europe; but while painters have romanticized such landscapes over the centuries, they were also home to some of the bloodiest battles of World War I.

Read Part One of our adventures with #TrekBikes in Flanders here: