Giant Halifax RT made its second early-season visit to the continent for two days of racing, starting with the UCI 1.1. Junior Nokere Koerse race on Saturday 10 March.
The weather was typically Belgian, with rain and wind and the riders faced a 122km course, including some cobbled sections, centred on the town of Deinze, just to the west of Ghent.
With Max on GB duty and Josh resting an injured knee, Dylan, Jenson and Tom were joined by guest rider, Joe Burns.
Once again, with 150 riders on the start, total concentration on positioning and a good dose of luck were required to make progress in the race. Tom showed he had learnt well from his experiences at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and kept himself out of trouble and near the front throughout to finish an excellent 15th, whilst Jenson was 58th, after a few hold-ups. Joe and Dylan absorbed most of the team’s bad luck and didn’t make it to the finish.
Day two saw the riders tackling a kermesse near Calais on the way home. Riding well, Jenson bridged across to the winning break and was 12th at the finish, a really good result. Behind him, Dylan and Tom then managed to position Joe well for the sprint at the front of the main bunch, when they came in a little later and he was really pleased to come away with 2rd across the line.