Last season we had a little fun asking our friends and followers on social media to join us in predicting the winners of some of our favourite races throughout the season. Starting with the spring classics, and continuing throughout the Giro, Tour and more, we asked you to predict the winner (for the one-day races we asked you for your 1-2-3, just to make it interesting). Each day the winner would get some HMC goodies as a reward.

Loads of you joined in - even some pro cyclists played along.

So this year we're bringing it back, going bigger, and giving it its own name - Peloton Pundits. Join us on Twitter or Facebook and pick your winners for a chance to win HMC swag. It all kicks off tomorrow, Saturday 25th February, with one of our favourite races of the year - the Omloop.

If cycling's heartland has a heartland, its Gent. Bang smack in the middle of spring classics country, and home to the traditional season opener, Omloop Het Niewsblad. Cobbles, hellingen, beer, rain and on-the-rivet racing.

For many a rider the season proper starts here, with tough racing to sharpen the form; for a small, elite group of hard men the opening weekend is season-defining objective in itself. Gent will be a-buzz, the bookies and bars busy, the riders raring for the off.

It's a nightmare to predict, the big riders may have an eye on the grander prizes of the Monuments on the horizon, a whole bunch of Belgians will ride as if their lives depend on it, and some just like dishing the hurt in a hailstorm.

So - tell us your 1-2-3 over on our social pages, and keep an eye through the season for regular competitions for all the big races.



February 24, 2017 — Neil Wyatt