I arrived at the start of the race here in Sant Jan just outside of Ieper hours too early. First I had a ham and cheese sandwich, and when that didn't kill enough time I took a drive into Ieper where I had a crepe and a coffee.
Not sure if you can tell here but the wind is really howling. A race official I chatted with had only one comment. "It will be hard.". I suppose if it wasn't then the blog will be dull. More to come.