As more than a bit of a cycling neophyte, I figured that Daniel Lee's 2011 book - The Belgian Hammer: Forging Young Americans into Professional Cyclists - simply had to refer to some sort of legendary trainer, a cross between, oh, Bobby Knight and Rasputin screaming in Flemish to "ride, ride, ride." This is not the case. The titular phrase is of Lee's own invention, meant to describe the crucible that is Belgium for young American cyclists looking to make the leap to professional competition.

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