With the weather taking a turn for the worse, with temperature dropping below 15 degrees C, with a cold wind blowing, and because it had been quite a while since my last venture on a mountainbike, I decided to risk riding in the forest. During my walk yesterday I did not spot any horseflies so I am quite confident their season is at an end. Nevertheless I dressed up well, covering all in long sleeves and long pants. Taking the only mountainbike that was in running order - not counting the Merlin which would be serious overkill in Meerdael Forest - the Hilset BBW was my steed today. The change in position from the 4 months on the road bike was stunning. I pumped up my Hutchinson Python Airs and still they felt too soft during the first couple of K. Later on I would perceive them as being too hard because my hands began to hurt from holding on to the stiff front end. I chose fast and wide forest trails, not wanting to drop the speed to horsefly pace. Making a big loop in the fields of Valduc and Hamme Mille before returning to the forest for a good hour of solid biking. After the initial shock my body became used to the mountainbike quirks again. I still have some road mileage in me though so I am hoping the weather will change again to a more balmy 20 degrees C during the next weeks.
Ride Stats : 25K and 210 heightmeters (Garmin) in 1h03mins30secs
12-09-2012, 19:41 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf