With the Belgian Classics in full swing, MIT set out on its own version of a classic lowland ride. The Le Ronde de Hanover is the season opener for MIT and takes in some of the most picturesque rural roads in the historic Hanover countryside. This classic ride might best be compared to Paris-Roubaix with a mix of large stone pave, extreme washboard and smooth pavement. Like Roubaix the route of Hanover is flat, but the unpredictable often cold and wet weather together with the washboard make for challenging conditions which challenge the riders and act as the selectors. This year, with the fields and roads still covered by snow, the conditions faced in the Ronde were so severe that the selection was made from the gun. (o.k. you wankers…a little snow and MIT disappears?) By the mid point of Le Ronde it was the veteran “Fabian” Cancenadler and “Heinrich” Hausellerbert dueling it out. Cancenadler, at the peak of his form and fresh of Actif Epica, schooled Hausellerbert on how to ride the washboard (full suspension vs titanium hardtail). As for the Peloton, it appears they never got out of bed and missed the first event of the MIT season.