There were plans to ride Landen-Hamoir-Landen today but I opted out because of the weather forecast. Occasional rainshowers and lots of wind, building up to 60kph between 12 and 13AM. Instead I chose to do the Rondom Blanden 90K ride again. I started in counterclockwise direction, and from the start, the skies were dark and just past the Zoete Waters, rain started falling. I put on my Blitzfeder to be sheltered from the cold and the wind, that was blowing from the west. Before long, the rain stopped and I rode on, following the undulating track over Leefdaal, Duisburg, Eizer and then into Overijse down the Schavei. From Overijse the trail took me to Huldenberg and the Koxberg. My legs felt strong but I decided to drop the chain on the inner ring . Down the Holstheide where the speed went up to nearly 60kph. The long climb up to Ottenburg was taken on the big ring. Eerken and Sint Agatha Rode took me to Sint Joris Weert and Nethen. Up to Pecrot and then along to Archennes. Grez Doiceau and I settled into the long climb towards Longueville. The wind came bothering me more and more but was more or less in my side until I rode to Incourt, where it gave me wings and the speed went up to 40kph+.
Past Happeau after crossing the N91 and some small tarmac roads took me to the N240. Following that to the west had me grit my teeth when the wind struck me with full force. Turning right towards La Bruyere was as if I closed a door behind me. Another 40kph+ stretch and before long I was climbing out of Beauvechain towards Opvelp. Crossing the Hoegaardsesteenweg to reach Neervelp where I took a left turn again towards Bremt. The wind was really blowing hard now and I was glad I could put the E40 between us when I rode a parallel track to the highway towards Bierbeek. I had decided to finish off my ride with a couple of laps around the Industriepark in Haasrode to pass the 100K mark. The way home along the Expressweg was another calvaire with the wind in my face. My legs were very much spent when I reached Blanden but I had the feeling I did a good solid ride.
Ride Stats : 107K and 810 heightmeters (Garmin) in 03h46mins
15-06-2013, 14:58 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf