Video: Belgian Cobbles with Joe Parkin, Mark Scott & Alex McGuinnis in 'Creepy Fatigue'

Jun 4, 2020
by Sarah Moore  


bigquotesBack in November of 2019, an Instagram message popped up from Mark Scott.

"Me, Krunk Shox [Alex McGuinnis] and Santa Cruz are planning a little road bike trip to Belgium in January. We thought it’s something that you’d be interested in being part of."

The answer was simple: “[Expletive deleted] yes.

Back in the ‘80s, before Mark, Krunk and Santa Cruz bikes were even born, a 19-year-old me went to Belgium to become a bike racer.

Back then, if you were an aspiring North American bike racer of any note, you went to Europe to hone your craft. You could absolutely race bikes in places other than Europe, but it was most definitely the world center of cycling.
Joe Parkin

Full story here.


50 Comments

  • 24 1
 What a terrific video. Paris–Roubaix and the other spring Classics are my favourite races of the year.

This video also makes me very sad. We'd booked a long-anticipated family vacation to Europe this summer and we were going to spend a few weeks in Belgium. I was going to rent a bike and go ride some of these same routes. Stupid COVID-19.
  • 5 50
flag santabooz (Jun 4, 2020 at 13:44) (Below Threshold)
 Favourite race of year? Think you're on the wrong website.
Check out Cyclingtips or guysinlycra.com
  • 35 1
 @santabooz: You can't just be a cyclist and enjoy all aspects of our sport?
  • 24 1
 @santabooz: Dude, it's all just riding bikes. Try not to gate-keep which type of riding people get to like, what websites they should be on, or what kind of racing they like to follow, just because it doesn't fit with what you like or think is cool.
  • 5 31
flag santabooz (Jun 4, 2020 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 @euan91m: sense of humour bypasses on here today huh? No worries .

You keep being all serious about telling people they must enjoy and appreciate all types of cycling and no banter is permitted.
  • 34 2
 @santabooz: Oh it was just banter! Sorry, I totally missed that due to the complete lack of any humerous tone in your comment... I realise now I should have been criticising your writing rather than your personality. Apologies. /s
  • 5 0
 The Classics are absolutely the best of road racing IMO, no question! There's always the sense of impending drama - much like in an MTB race - where a riders skill, weather, terrain, mechanicals all play a so much bigger part in the outcome, at least compared to some other races.
  • 3 0
 @jammf: I've watched way too many How The Race Was Won videos this spring. For example www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcjBUU-lgXc
  • 2 9
flag santabooz (Jun 5, 2020 at 3:49) (Below Threshold)
 @euan91m:

The point of sarcasm and/or irony / satire styles of humour is the humorous element isn't obvious. That's the whole point. It's up to the intelligence of the reader/listener to decipher.

But as your a Scot, humour full stop.is a dead end.
  • 6 0
 @santabooz: Or there's also the possibility that your banter is not as hot as you think it is.
  • 1 0
 @gdharries: Those are the best race recap videos
  • 7 0
 @santabooz: Humorous irony and sarcasm is competently indicated in text ether by tone, through obvious exaggeration, the use of punctuation, or by facetiously stating something as a fact and then demonstrating that the fact is untrue. You did none of these. You stated an opinion and post-justified it as humour when you were confronted with the classic; “it was just a bit of banter” deflection… I could use the same justification to say any number of horrible things and then just post justify it as super-complicated-hard-to-understand-because-you’re-a-humourless-jock-genius-humour, but it wouldn’t make it true.

Face the facts: you said something mean to a person expressing enthusiasm. When you were confronted about your actions you deflected. I’m assuming that’s because you didn’t want to admit that you were just trying to bring someone down and trying to make them feel bad for no reason or gain. That’s a really unpleasant instinct to have. Honestly I’m not that surprised that you would deflect, rather than genuinely reflect on what you said and apologise, because if you reflect on the intent behind your comment you would probably find that you’re quite an unpleasant person and (hopefully) that’s not something you would like.

I think my assumption about your personality was proven correct when you tried to justify yourself by criticising me on the basis of my nationality.
  • 8 0
 I saw the Tour de France last year on the cobblestones in Charleroi. Gave me a whole new appreciation for roadies. 200 of them jammed on a narrow section with stones missing in the road. Some sections had gaps wider than their tires making it like riding over storm drain wheel traps. Two riders right in fornt of me had to switch bikes due to flat tires, who know how many had problems (their support cars switched their bikes quick). Everyone was yelling and foaming at the mouth trying to push hard. Super intense.
  • 3 0
 The 2016 Paris-Roubaix is my favorite sporting event ever. Serious action for over 100k.
  • 8 0
 No offense to Krunk and Mark, but man, Joe's pedal stroke is so much smoother. It's clear that dude has spent years spinning circle.
  • 3 0
 Thought the same thing!
  • 4 0
 Great video. Every year in November myself and three friends ride from the UK to Ghent through Flanders for the Ghent 6 day, drink until 2am for a couple of days whilst watching it and then ride home. Love Belgium. The best country for a cycling event!
  • 4 0
 Seems like that place would be a fertile market for those fine suspension seatposts.
Do I detect a theme to this days' Home page offerings?
  • 4 0
 aaahhhh, great to see some footage from home (born and raised in Geraardsbergen). Still miss the "normality" of all types of cycling after 15 years in Canada.
  • 4 0
 Sounds like livin' the dream. Hoewel 't voor een Vlaamsche mtber slechter kan dan Giesbaarn...
  • 1 0
 @hubertje-ryu: eender welke regio ter wereld is beter dan ...
  • 2 0
 @gtdude: Holland?
  • 1 0
 @hubertje-ryu: zeker niet te klagen hier in BC, maar voor meer XC achtige MTB vind ik Belgie zeker prima. Ook de regio van Québec waar ik eerder woonde is een aanrader.
  • 5 0
 Great video- Joe Parkin is so awesome. He is a great story teller
  • 3 0
 He is! It took me a minute to realize he is THAT Joe Parkin but "Dog In A Hat" is an incredible read
  • 3 0
 my arms are tired....... eyeballs are bouncing in my sockets and needing a good whiskey for warmth.
  • 1 0
 I wish they had sprinkled in some actual Ronde van Vlaanderen or Roubaix footage in there to give people some perspective into what these races looks like.
  • 3 0
 Here you go: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPvM6R0Kl2Q and some crashes
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDazslzxlN0 absolutely recommend going out for any of the Classics weekends and riding the sportive on the Saturday and watching the pros race Sunday it's a brilliant experience
  • 3 0
 The baguette and coke thing is disgusting. The rest was nice.
  • 2 1
 for the record: that song in the intro and at the end is not representative for Belgian music.
  • 2 0
 Are you speaking to traditional Belgian music in particular?
  • 2 0
 also Belgium is NOT a miserable grey place with toujours rain... it may not be SoCal, but there's upsides to that, too.
  • 1 0
 I know. They should have used Praga Khan, instead.
  • 2 1
 Oh, they ride it on gravels, not road bikes, and still complain... rule #5 guys.
  • 2 0
 Joe Parkin has great hair. AHTBM told me so.
  • 1 0
 I highly recommend Joe Parkin's book, it's called 'Dog in a Hat'. It's a great read.
  • 2 0
 ha! nice, Youngin' !
  • 1 0
 This was rad. SC puts together such good media.
  • 1 0
 Slowmo road video, priceless.
  • 1 0
 the olive green stigmatas look like some vehicles from the army
  • 1 1
 It's 2020 in modern journalism I think it's fine to say fUck yes. The word war is far more offensive .
  • 1 0
 Nothing is sacred to Santa Cruz.
  • 1 0
 rode the Koppenberg last week, downhill! so much more fun :p
  • 1 0
 Krunk = Legend
  • 1 2
 The simple solution is a fatbike.
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