Micheal was a hero to us young kids. He lived in the village of Heure le Romain near Visé. He could climb this very steep hill just above our house to get to his family with such ease it was amazing to watch.
None of us could even make half way In addition we were English living in the village at the time and were interested to find another English family, his mother and Micheal. He of course could not speak English. For a time I went out with his sister but returned to England to continue my studies.
My Parents who stayed in Belgium kept me informed of his progress. He was trained in the village by another very succesful world class track cylist who had to give up his career due to a car accident