Ultra-endurance athlete completes 1,000km ride around Flanders

He was on his bike for more than 34 hours to pay tribute to the cancelled De Ronde

Maxim Pirard's 1000km ride

While many cycling fans spent the weekend mourning the loss of the Tour of Flanders, one ultra-endurance athlete used the spare time very productively.

Maxim Pirard completed a 1,001km ride around the north of Belgium, which took him 34 hours and 31 minutes, only resting for 11 hours and clocking an average speed of 29km/h.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.