40 odd wins as a pro.. 129 wins in total including a Spanish classic win(With the Bic team of Ocana) and twice Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne ! One of the last gentleman’s of the sport. Suske lives now dedicated to his beloved Kempens Cycling museum in Grobbendonk near Herentals ( A must to visit by appointment only) What a story teller of the old times, with so many anecdotes of his racing career …We spend a few hours with this softly spoken man in 2012, while visiting his Wieler museum, He was one of my dad’s hero’s in the glorious seventies, and after meeting him he is definitely one of mine since. Here a picture we took handing over an National Irish Jersey signed by some Irish ex pro’s including Sean Kelly and Ras winner Stephen Gallagher. Photos below partly of mine and of Suske’s collection. Suske was a exceptional kermesse rider to and even had the better of Eddy Merckx several times. Here a resume of his pro career
A pick of his wins as a pro and his Tour de France debut in 1976.
This cup that Suske won in Spain was lost for nearly 40 years..the story goes that after the race the team had only one car, and the whole team was transferred in this car to the hotel, there was no place for this life size cup anymore. The organisers would send it on..It got lost but eventually arrived in Grobbendonk 40 years later.
|1973 1º in Grobbendonk (Antwerpen) Belgium|
|1973 1º in Kruishoutem (Oost-Vlaanderen) Belgium|
|1973 1º in Melsele, Melsele (Oost-Vlaanderen) Belgium|
|1973 1º in Stabroek, Stabroek (Antwerpen) Belgium|
|1975 1º in Kuurne – Brussel – Kuurne (Kuurne) Belgium|
|1975 1º in Grand Prix de Momignies (Hainaut)Belgium|
|1976 1º in Sleidinge, Sleidinge (Oost-Vlaanderen), Belgium|
|1º in Kuurne – Brussel – Kuurne(West-Vlaanderen) Belgium|
Photo with TDF winner and good friend Jan Jansen. Suske has been a very sick man in 2017 but is now of better health and has one of the biggest private collections you ever seen. Suske is on Facebook with thousands of retro photos to ..go and have a look on https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1098441728&ref=br_rs Founder of ” Vriendenkring Ex Renners” he started in 2011. Each year all ex pro’s and friends come together in Grobbendonk for a gala meal to celebrate the Flandriens of the past .. hope you keep well Suske and see you soon, an honor to have met you for sure.
An ode to Rik Van Looy his best friend and neighbour Jempi Monsere’, an old friend of his and a corner in his museum dedicated to the world champ who was tragically killed at the young age of 23.You could listen to this man for hoursThe Bulldog Walter Godefroot Eric De Vlaeminck (RIP)