Beautiful weather this morning and the forecast for today was good. 28 degrees C and a light breeze from the south. So around 10AM I rode out for a long ride. Following the track of the 145K version of the Biz'On the Bike ride. This is a very fine ride consisting of a hilly start around Huldenberg, Ottenburg and Chaumont Gistoux, then a long ride on the plateau between Incourt and Orp Jauche where I started to feel the effects of the burning sun. I only have one drinking bottle with me during these rides and I think that in this heat that is too little. I usually take a sip every 30 minutes and I stop every 2 hours for a Cliff bar. The dry wind and the sun - which was partially clouded but still the temperature was around 29 degrees C - have a drying effect . The wind was blowing from the south and this was a good thing, at least in the shady parts there was a little coolness. Unfortunately , when I left Orp-Jauche and set forth towards Bomal, Jauchelette and Dongelberg, there were not many shady places. In Dongelberg things started to go up and down again and the legs hurt when I had to shift on my smallest gears. This last bit again is more hilly but fortunately I had the wind in my back now. When I arrived in Melin I was confident I would make it. Damn those cobbles in Saint Remy Geest where hard on my feet. Those feet already hurt because of the high temperatures and when I stopped before the church of Hoegaarden for a second snack, just walking around a bit did a world of good for them. The last 25K were tough but I was on known grounds now and I could spread my efforts nicely. This was my longest ride this year and I am glad I did it. Now I need to replenish my fluids and rest.
Ride Stats : 131.5K and 1060/1045 heightmeters (Polar/Garmin) in 5h04mins
10-09-2011, 16:25 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf