Patrick Van Dam (Coördinator De Velodroom) got in touch with me a few weeks ago and ask for our help to promote his newest exhibition, and I feel this is an honour to do so! Patrick told me “”For our theme ‘The green jersey’, we look back on the history and origin of the green jersey, and we took inspiration from Ireland. The Irish holiday St. Patrick’s Day – March 17 – is traditionally colored green. On this floor, you will find all cycling items with the theme green. Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly are of course sounding names from the cycling past, but we also know top-class names in the contemporary peloton such as Sam Bennett, Daniel Martin and Nicolas Roche“”

Where does the green jersey come from? The green jersey was introduced in the 1953 Tour for the winner of the points classification. The Swiss Fritz Schär was the first to put on the jersey at the end of the Tour. The green color was chosen because the then sponsor was a lawnmower manufacturer. The record number of final victories in the points classification, seven times!! is in the name of Slovak Peter Sagan and you can admire his green jersey from 2018 in De Velodroom ”

The showpiece of the cycling experience center is the wide collection of cycling items, with more than 1,500 cycling jerseys, 40 bicycles, 3,000 books, and so many other cycling treasures. In addition to a selection from this collection, in De Velodroom you will also discover the history of the local cycling heroes and the Velodrome builders family Apostel-Mampaey from Boom, who built cycling tracks all over Western Europe. We have expanded our museum with 2 temporary new collections: The classics & The green jersey

De Musette Cycling cafe

Ex pro Ludo Peeters enjoying a Belgian trappist

In the cycling café De Musette, named after the supply bag that the riders receive in the race, you can regain your strength during your bike ride. The takeaway will also be open during the Easter holidays. Our toilets are not accessible, you can always use the public toilets of De Schorre. ATTENTION: Special measures during the Coronavirus pandemic

How can you help us to put this “Green” exhibition in the spotlight a little more and also to put the link to Irish cycling in the spotlight?

Patrick told me “A few examples, but I leave your creative mind the freedom to come up with your own proposals. Maybe give a signed sweater of a contemporary or former professional from Ireland to the museum (Roche, Kelly, Bennet, Martin, Irvine, etc… or maybe some of our pro girls who live in Belgium) Have an Irish cyclist give a signing session or visit the museum, or maybe organize a bike ride with the Irish community who live in Belgium, departing from De Velodroom” Note Dany “So can anyone help as it puts our cycling in the spotlight big time, the museum is the 3rd biggest in Belgium and that says something!! Any suggestion is more than welcome, we will promote your help and would very much appreciate such a gesture…you can get in touch with Patrick directly at patrick.vandam@deschorre.be or myself at dany@belgianproject.cc. Patrick speaks English so no worries there” All other info such as location and openingstimes at https://www.deschorre.be/develodroom.html