One of my heroes of my youth was Eric De Vlaeminck, classic road race winner but more known for his enormous cyclo cross palmares.. 7 times CX Champ of the World for an instance and several times Belgian CX Champ, Belgian Road Champion and even won a stage in the TDF and the Amstel Gold Race. His younger brother Roger we all known for his amazing career as road rider (Mr Paris-Roubaix) In 1968 both brothers becoming CX word champs ..Eric with the Elite and Roger with the U/23’s in Luxemburg !! Eric was also the Belgian federation CX coach and produced 29 medals on world level during his spell as coach which he retired of in 2002..Many Belgian World Champs such as Sven Nys and Bart Wellens been educated by Eric and he certainly put Belgian cross on the map of the world. Eric never failed a drugs test in his racing career, but struggled with mental health after retiring from the sport. In later life, De Vlaeminck had Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. He died on 4 December 2015 at the age of 70..may you rest in peace Eric and thanks for the joys you have given us..(palmares  photos courtesy of Wikipedia + feature photo of Willem Dingemans Belgium)

World Championships CX
1966 Beasain Elite Men’s Race
1968 Luxembourg Elite Men’s Race
1969 Magstadt Elite Men’s Race
1970 Zolder Elite Men’s Race
1971 Apeldoorn Elite Men’s Race
1972 Prague Elite Men’s Race
1973 London Elite Men’s Race
1977 Hanover Elite Men’s Race
Belgian National Cyclo-cross Champion (1967, 1969, 1971, 1972)
Flemish champion cyclo racing: 1969
Tour of Belgium: 1969
Paris-Luxembourg: 1970
Tour of East Flanders: 1969, 1970
Circuit of the Flemish Ardennes: 1969 (3rd: 1977)
Winner, Stage 2 of the 1968 Tour de France
2nd in the La Flèche Wallonne: 1969 (3rd: 1970)