Cycling is big in Belgium. This year the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (the ‘Tour of Flanders’), one of the best-known and spectacular road cycling races, celebrated its 100th birthday. On television or live on the spot, everybody seems to want to follow the adventures of famous riders like Tom Boonen, Philippe Gilbert and Fabian Cancellara.
One of the most famous Antwerp riders in history was Stan Ockers who was a true hero for the people in the fifties when he became world champion and won the green jersey in the Tour de France twice. A tragic accident during a cycling event at ‘Sportpaleis’ ended his career and life. But his memory lives on: in Café Mombasa you can admire one of his original bikes. And there’s more: this bar shows most of the classic cycling races on television and they have their own cycling team (with beautiful retro-shirts).
I like to come here when they organise an event like the ‘race on rollers’: everybody is invited to join and there’s lot of ambiance. You don’t have to like cycling for a fun night out in Café Mombasa: there is always a buzzing atmospere, they serve nice Belgian beers and regularly invite bands to perform. But it sure helps!