Today saw the return of the sun and positive temperatures. Temps were up as high as 18 degrees C when I rode out with the Litespeed Obed. On the hard Hutchinson Python Airs which offer a very fast ride but little in terms of comfort, especially pumped up to 2 bars. Good thing the titanium frames and the front suspension take the edge off the nastiest bumps. I decided on a Perimeter ride around Meerdael Forest. Starting clockwise in Blanden, then making my way to the Bremberg and the outskirts of Bierbeek and Mollendaal. I sticked mostly to the bigger tracks but couldn't resist the occasional singletrail. The forest was smelling fresh and the air was full of scents of nature awakening after a long winter sleep. I rode into Mille for a loop outside the forest. The trails were mostly dry and the cobbles didn't bother me a single bit. Returning to Meerdael Forest near Valduc, crossing the Naamsesteenweg and then entering the western forest for an intenser and hillier intermezzo. My legs were strong but not strong enough to stay on the middle ring. I had to shift to the granny often to keep the tension on the muscles from raising too high. The downhills were taken confidently, the grip of the Pythons was amply sufficient on the forest floor. Steep hills and steep descents kept on following each other while I made my way to Nethen and the Kluis area.
From there I rode to the Kouterbos and the Zoete Waters to enter Heverleebos. The sun was starting to settle and I had to make haste to finish my loop. Into Oud-Heverlee and the to La Chasse where I crossed the Naamsesteenweg again and rode past the Commonwealth Cemetery and the Military compound. Taking a right following a field track back into Heverleebos. A last section, fast and in the dusk, took me across the Naamsesteenweg again to the Prosperdreef. I followed that forest track to Vaalbeek and Blanden and then out of the Forest along the Naamsesteenweg I completed my ride. Was a great experience due to the balmy temperatures and the smells of the forest filled my lungs.
Ride Stats : 41.5K and 470 heighmeters (Garmin) in 02h05mins
05-03-2013, 19:56 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf