A dry but cloudy day. I decided to stay home and do a ride nearby. I chose for the Meerdael BLOSO's and wanted to combine them with the Overijse BLOSO's. But during the first part of the ride, following the Green Meerdael Bloso, I found I had not sufficiently recuperated from last thursdays' ride. So When I reached St Joris Weert and made the connection to St Agatha Rode I decided to settle for only the Red Overijse Bloso. Now this also happens to be the more intense of the three, so I had a good workout nevertheless. The trails were dry and fast. Hard and sometimes wet but never muddy. The Moots took care of all the pitfalls the track had in store. I had let some air out of my tyres and they were behaving funny on tarmac but like a charm on the offroad trails. The grip is phenomenal, even scary at times. You only need to get used to riding as if with a flat tyre. Also, hard braking on hard surfaces compresses the tyre and this is something you need to take care with. Especially on tarmac and in a corners you don't want to brake too hard.
When I was back in St Agatha Rode I rode towards St Joris Weert again where I picked up on the remainder of the Meerdael BLOSO's. I took care to eat every hour and when I reached the Mollendaal lookout I also took a picture of the bike.
I didn't see much activity on the trails but perhaps this was due to the low temperature. I only had a 11 degree average temp during the ride. Although I like it that way. The wind had changed directions and was now blowing from the west. Dress up adequately and you will have no troubles in these temperatures. I wore a long sleeved shirt and a bodywarmer over 3 layers of underwear, the last layer with long sleeves. 3/4th length trousers kept my knees warm. I managed a good average despite feeling a bit tired.
Ride Stats : 76K and 745/870 heightmeters (Polar/Garmin) in 4h6mins
08-05-2010, 16:13 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf