Did not feel like doing a long ride today so I started out towards Egenhoven and the Sint Jansberg steenweg towards Overijse. The Gordel was happening and I had to slalom between slower bikers approaching Overijse and also on the way up towards Maleizen. Took the Reutenbeek towards Rosieres and then down into the valley of the Ijse. Long climb up in Genval and then down again into the vally of the Dyle to cross Wavre and follow the Chaussee de Huy for a while. Little detour along the Rue de les Louvranges and some quiet backroads to reach Gistoux. Following the Chaussee de Huy again all the way to Perwez where I took a left on the Ravel. This was turning out to be a longer ride than I anticipated but I felt reasonably good and at the moment the wind was gently pushing me to the east to reach the Ravel 2 . On towards Jodoigne and continuing along the Ravel until I reached Hoegaarden. From here the wind was becoming an enemy instead of a friend. It came from the west and was playing with me whilst I made my way towards Oorbeek, Kumtich, Willebringen and Neervelp. On the long climb towards the Bierbeek Wereldbol I was lucky to have the slope between me and the wind. But when I reached the crest of the hill it was back. Luckily it was all downhill into Bierbeek now and I continued towards Haasrode and ultimately Blanden. A solid ride, the second 100K ride of this weekend and I was tired but pleased when I reached my home. It turned out to be quite a hilly ride - especially the first part - and the weather was Ok. Overcast when I left but the skies broke now and then which upped the temperature from a frisky 16 degrees C at the start towards an average of 21 degrees C on average throughout the ride.
Ride Stats : 101.5K and 775 heightmeters (Garmin) in 3h42mins
02-09-2012, 15:21 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf