Today I had to leave early because I needed to be home by 2PM. I started out under overcast skies and with a southwesterly wind blowing whilst riding over Bierbeek and Meldert towards Hoegaarden. There I got on the Ravel 2 for a ride that would take me over Jodoigne and Eghezee towards Vedrin and Namur. Almost got hit by a car that left a parking lot and wanted to cross the Ravel, just before entering Eghezee. The guy in the car saw me coming but still wanted to have the right of way. No way! A lot of Walloon curses followed but I rode on , ignoring the idiot.
Into Namur, just under 2 hours after leaving home. I was on shedule. Whilst riding uphill all of a sudden I felt my rear tyre going flat. Damn.
I got out the Pitstop and succeeded in inflating the tyre. I seemed to hold so I put the wheel back in my bike and rode on. Unfortunately, about 3 kilometers further up the climb, I heard a hiss and saw some white foam spraying through my outer tyre. It was flat again. Changed the inner tyre, whilst checking the outer for possible thorns . Found nothing. Because I only had one spare I decided riding up to Eghezee and then taking the N91 towards Hamme Mille. That way, if I should happen to flatten again, at least getting picked up would be easier. But all went well, I made good speed and set a personal record on the 100K distance. My legs were tiring at the end but I still found the punch to set a personal record on the climb out of Hamme Mille along the N25. Arriving home with a little less kilometers than I had set out to do, but still very happy with my ride.
Ride Stats : 104K and 600 heightmeters (Garmin) in 03h26mins
30-06-2013, 14:00 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf