The Rouleur Longreads podcast: Deserter’s Dirty Weekend in Koksijde

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The boys from Deserter know how to have a good time, but would they cut it in the sand dunes of Koksijde? A cyclo-cross christening starring frites, mayo, KFC, “electro-oompah” and, of course, beer…

Photographs: Geoff Waugh
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Here I was, standing on a sand dune in Belgium, drinking a powerful Praline Chocolate Porter. Everything started to make perfect sense.

‘Cross may not be coming – for a while yet, at least – but that doesn’t mean we can’t daydream about days spent mucking around in the mud. For our latest Longreads Podcast we’ve turned back the clock to November to tell the story of when, for the Belgian special of Rouleur magazine, we sent our hedonism correspondents from Deserter to Koksijde. There they were not only witness to the thrills and spills of cycling on sand, but were flung face-first into the full-on Flandrian fan experience.

Fortunately for us, Dirty South and The Dulwich Raider lived to tell the tale.

The Rouleur Longreads Podcast brings you selected long form articles from the magazine, especially recorded for Rouleur. Don’t stop what you’re doing – do it while listening to the world’s best cycling writing.

The sixth in this series is ‘Deserter’s Dirty Weekend’ by Andrew Grumbridge for Deserter, from Rouleur 20.2. Read by Andrew Grumbridge.

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More Rouleur long reads

Watopian Ideals by Ian Cleverly
The Rise of Gravel by Hugo Gladstone
Notes on Belgium by Morten Okbo
Heartbroken by Emil Helweg Foget and Ole Obitsø
Chris Froome and the Seventh Circle by Ned Boulting


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