It looked like it would remain dry this morning, and the sun was coming out when I left home around 9AM for a long ride on the Moots Psychlo-X. There was a strong wind blowing and during the first part of the ride, making my way to Neervelp, Willebringen, Hoksem and Oorbeek I more or less had it in my back, which suited me fine. From Hoegaarden I set to Zetrud-Lumay and then took a right turn towards Saint Remy Geest I could feel the strength of the wind. I was glad to find some shelter from it behind a house or in a depression as I slowly made my way towards melin and the N240. Crossing the N240 and riding to Pietrebais I could feel the wind squeeze the force out of my legs on the plateau. In Pietrebais I dropped down 55 metres and here the wind was less prominent. Through Grez and then taking a backroad - thanks to the Psychlo-X I don't have to worry about flat tyres on gravel sections - to reach the N25. Onwards to Archennes and Florival where I took a left turn into the shaft that would lead me upwards to Ottenburg. The wind was again playing with me as I completed the long climb. Taking a right turn took me down to Terlanen. From here the wind was blowing in my back and the next couple of kilometers along the Wolfshagen were a joy. Through Neerijse and then following the N253 all the way to Egenhoven. Passing though Arenberg and into the Heverleebos for a short stretch which led me to the Naamsesteenweg. Following that I arrived in Blanden with a solid 80K and 855 heightmeters on my counter. This was a very good ride which took a lot of energy out of me but which also gave me great satisfaction, being able to complete it .
Ride Stats : 80K and 855 heightmeters (Garmin) in 03h09mins
Rain this morning so I went out for a 12.5K hike in the forest. In the afternoon it dried out and I decided to ride out with the Psychlo-X for some laps in Mollendaal forest. A quick one-hour dash on the bigger forest trails . I finished off with a loop along the Weertsedreef and in and out of Vaalbeek.
Ride Stats : 30K and 345 heightmeters (Garmin) in 01h10mins
It had rained yesterday so instead of riding out I did a 10K forest walk. Today saw the return of the sun and dry weather. So I took the Psychlo-X out for a ride that would take me to Heverlee and Bertem for a start. Riding through Leefdaal and Duisburg next. Eizer where I took the climb up to the plateau which woul lead me into Huldenberg. From Huldenberg I followed the river Ijse towards Overijse where I rode on until I reached Maleizen. Here I took a left into Brabant Wallon and I arrived in Rosieres. From Rosieres I rode to the Wavre industrial terrain and then straight to Ottenburg, Sint Agatha Rode and Sint Joris Weert.The Zoete Waters and Vaalbeek led me to Blanden again. This was a great ride. A bit fresh at the stat but when the sun gathered strength the temperatures were quite pleasant. A breeze from the south accompanied me.
Ride Stats : 58K and 520 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h12mins
A long ride again today. Starting out just before 9AM with the Psychlo-X I rode over Bierbeek and Willebringen to Hoegaarden. Here I took the Ravel2 to Jodoigne. Pressing onwards until I reached the split in Ramillies. Taking the right towards Perwez I arrived on the N91 in Petit-Rosiere. Taking a right again I followed the N25 until I arrived in Incourt. taking a right again into Dongelberg and then a left through the fields to reach Lathuy . Arriving on the N240 now I followed that in the direction of Pietrebais. Taking a right towards La Bruyere and following a cobbled road (by mistake) which led me to Beauvechain. Riding on to Neervelp and then towards Bierbeek and Mollendaal where I entered the Meerdael Forest . Crossing that towards the N25 which I followed into Blanden. It was a good ride, the weather was perfect, perhaps just a tad cool at the start and when the sun hid behind the clouds. No rain though and not much wind either.
Ride Stats : 76K and 570 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h46mins
A long ride was planned for me today, so I set out just before 9AM with the Moots Psychlo-X. Riding around leuven to Kessel Lo where I started following the Vaart towards Boortmeerbeek and ultimately Coloma. Here I turned around and rode back on the other side of the water towards Leuven again. The weather was dry and overcast but rather mild and even though I started out with the Assos Blitzfeder, I took it off in Coloma and rode back shortsleeved. Through Leuven again and then towards the Boudewijn site and past Imec to Heverlee and through Heverleebos to the Naamsesteenweg. Following that into Blanden concluded my ride . Legs felt fine.
Ride Stats : 70.5K and 355 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h40mins
This noght saw the passing of a rain front and it was still moist when I rode out over the Zoete Waters and Sint Joris Weert towards Nethen and Hamme Mille. From Hamme Mille I took the N91 to the crossroads with the N240 and then took that road before taking a left into La Bruyere. A little loop took me to Sclimpre and l'Ecluse and then I pressed on through Meldert and Willebringen. Taking a left past Willebringen brought me to Vertrijk. Here I took a left again towards Neervelp and from here I braced myself for the long ascent towards the World watertower. A little loop over the Haasrode Industrial Parc and then I was on my way to Blanden to close my ride. The weather was excellent for cycling, not too warm, overcast skies and a little bit of wind blowing.
Ride Stats : 57K and 475 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h09mins
Already 23 degrees C around 9AM when I rode out with the Psychlo-X. My plan for today was to ride into the Sonian forest, push through to the other side and come back along the Sint Michiels Dreef into Groenendaal and Hoeilaart. Over Duisburg and into the cool Sonian forest I rode. In Jezus-Eik I overcrossed the E411 and then made my way west undercutting the Ring and then following the Bundersdreef until I was on the west side of the Sonian forest in Sint Genesius Rode. Taking a left and agin a left brought me past the Middenhut on the Sint Michiels Dreef. The wind that was blowing in my face up till now, was now behind me and pushing me through the Sonian forest towards the Duboislaan. I came upon the Nero Bloso and I followed that until I reached Groenendaal. Here I took a right towards Hoeilaart. The sun was burning hot by now and I pressed on towards Overijse and Terlanen, the winf nicely pushing me along.
Ride Stats : 62K and 560 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h26mins
Today saw a sunny start but rain was forecast during the day. I started around 9.30AM and rode through Meerdael Forest towards Bierbeek. From here I made my way to Bremt and Neervelp. Pushing through to Willebringen, Oorbeek and then to Hoegaarden, where I injected myself on the Ravel 2 in the direction of Jodoigne. Just before arriving in Jodoigne a light drizzle began to fall. Drizzle becam light rain but after a couple of kilometers the rain diminished. All that was left were damp roads when I rode towards Dongelberg. I was lucky, the castle gate was open. So I entered the grounds and took some pictures of the old castle. Unfortunately it has been abandoned and is left to its own. Sad sight. From Dongelberg I rode on towards Pietrebais and then followed the N91 to Hamme Mille. I had a very good ride today. Legs felt a little tired and buttocks were painful from my Pilates workout on monday evening but in all I felt good.
Ride Stats : 61K and 540 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h18mins
rain was forecast and it was grey and cool when I rode out with the Psychlo-X. My plan for today was to stay relatively close to home, circumvening Meerdael Forest. I first rode to Hoog-Blanden and Haasrode and from there into the fields leading me to Mille. There was a light drizzle falling and the roads began to sweat. I drove onwards to Nodebais and into Pietrebais where I took the big tarmac road to Gre-Doiceau. The rain was falling a bit more intense now but still it was manageable so I pushed onwards to Hamme Mille and then took the N25 back to Blanden. A short ride but I managed to enjoy it.
Ride Stats : 34K and 335 heightmeters (Garmin) in 01h24mins
The weather was sunny and bright when I left home at 8.45AM. I had a plan to ride up to the Sonian Forest and then improvise a way back. Over the Zoete Waters, Korbeek-Dyle and Leefdaal I arrived in Vossem and rode through the Tervuren gardens into the Sonian Forest. The forest was cool but once I arrived at Jezus-Eik I noticed the sun had gained strenght and was warming up the environment very fast. I rode through Overijse and on towards Basse Wavre where I took the long but even climb out towards the Bois des Neulettes. Taking a left turn to Dion Le Val and then the steep climb up to the Golf du Bercuit. Down into Grez and from Grez along the N25 towards Hamme Mille. The legs felt good today and I was strong on the climbs, all the while keeping my heart rate in the safe zone.
Ride Stats : 61.5K and 645 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h23mins