Took a day off from work today and why not use it to do something you really like? So I set out around 10.30am for a loop along the Accro Bike trails. As many of you know the trails around Grez Doiceau and Chaumont Gistoux have not a lot of secrets left for me. I like biking here and starting from an organised ride my club - Royal Velo Club Ottignies Blance Gilets - used to host a long way back I have developed a trail that encompasses 56K and in its present form close to a 1000 heightmeters. Every time I ride these trails I find something new I want to add, or replace a section with another track. Usually these small changes add to the technicality and sheer difficulty of the ride. The region is only mildly hilly - some might even think it as being below their standards - but it usually only takes one ride here for them to change their minds. The landscapes are very beautiful - even more so in the splendid sun - and the calories are burnt very fast.
The ride went fine - you can follow the exact trail by clicking on the link below - I only had a little snag with my Edge 705 when it decided to turn itself off when I asked it to recalculate the trajectory I was following. Luckily it turned out nothing was lost so I have the complete ride to share with you lot. When you go and ride this track bear in mind that there are not a lot of places to stock up on food or drink along the way, so you better come prepared. Also bring your best set of legs because the hills may be short, they are plenty and some are really steep.
But the dry weather of the last couple of weeks turned out to be a blessing for trail conditions. Everything was dry . The bike coped fine and the only care that needed to be taken was during the many downhills were ruts, loose sand and fallen trees could become very dangerous to the unwary or the overexited. When I arrived back home I wasn't surprised to see more than 1200 heightmeters.
Ride Stats : 82K and 1130/1250 heightmeters (Polar/Garmin) in 4h50mins