The forecast rain was nowhere to be seen this morning. Instead the sun was shining and there was a stiff breeze blowing from the east. I decided to do a last tryout ride on the Vortex before tackling the Kom Op Tegen Kanker challenge next sunday. Starting out along the N25 and then looping towards La Bruyere to regain the road to Jodoigne. The wind was my foe during this part of the ride and with my body still struggling to find a good pace the wind wasn't helping. Brocante in Jodoigne and I had to find my way through the small inner town roads towards the road to Tienen. Luckily I could follow a big party of cyclists who seemed to know their way and indeed, before long I was heading towards Hoegaarden along the Ravel 2. I Hoegaarden I made further to the east towards the Ring around Tienen. Turning to the left at last the wind wasn't blowing against me anymore. When I joined the road towards Leuven the wind became my ally. My legs and back were properly warmed up by now and I enjoyed a good pace, pushed along by the cool breeze. The ring around Leuven brought me towards the Naamse poort where I took the Naamsesteenweg towards Heverlee and Blanden.
Ride Stats : 59K and 420 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h46mins