GX – Douce Bois

This is the first ride that I created completely with the new Strava Routes function. Underground was set to unpaved and distance to about 100 km.
I was a bit sceptic about it because my earlier experiences weren’t that great. But I gave it a new chance and to be honest I was quite surprised by the result. Overall the route was great, it choose unpaved tracks over obvious shorter paved routes nearby. There were often times I wanted to opt for a little detour to get some extra unpaved pieces but I kept to the track.

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GX – Damiano

5.30 am: Early Start of the day for this 85km track. I wanted to be out before the heat got on!This is actually a shortcut on my 120km track to Tielt-Winge: “GX – Stairway to Heaven”. I wanted an option for a shorter ride when I was in short of time or when the legs weren’t that great. The shortcut is a real nice piece of gravel, fits perfectly in my cycling philosophy. But to be honest If you take the 12O km track, the real beauty starts right after where the short cut is. Now you have a choice on the go 😉
On the way back made a detour for a coffee meetup and have some breakfast in Mechelen.

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Taxandria del Norte

A fair bit of rain last night so I changed my riding plans from a technical gravel ride to a more straight surface. I don’t mind getting dirty and riding some muddy tracks but it had been pouring all night: there’s mud and there’s mud. Anyway, I rode another track that is about 130 km long and I’m still not convinced whether I like it or not.

You see, it has huge amounts of straight roads, asphalt and I don’t like that. But then there were also huge stretches of gravel, old fashioned hard soiled gravel. I’m not a great fan of that either. But still when I got home I was quit satisfied. Instead of doing slow and technical gravel rides this was a speedy gravel ride. I think a lot of my buddies would tag this as favourite. So it wasn’t the best type of ride for me but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this one. I left at dawn again, with some pancakes on my stomach and the rest of them for the family when they woke up. Once on the bike and out on the dikes close to my home I was already excited to see the great morning light. That is one of the main reasons of leaving so early, having that great morning light! The other reason is that I can ride longer or slower and still be home somewhere in the afternoon. and the clouds today where just stunning! #cloudlover

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Louvania im Pluvia

Another early Monday morning, this time together with Ian for a 101km ride.
Got up at 5 to make some pancakes, just to get a good food layer for a lovely ride. At that time the weather looked promising, a bit overcast but dry, but soon after it started raining and pouring. When we left it was still rainy but after a good hour it stopped and besides some occasional heavy shower we had a fine dry ride. Those who now me, know that i’m quite a well prepared man, not today however8 Today I found out that when we started I didn’t load the GPS track om my Garmin. Luckily Ian loaded the file to his GPS so we could start right away. I wasn’t too keen on heading back in and start up the PC at 6am to load the file. So I followed Ian like a good boy all day.

We made a stop along the way to pray for rain, it think way need some more practice praying because it kept raining…

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GX – Giro di Aeroporto

Early rise and started at 5.50 am for this 80km one. I wanted to be out before the temperatures got too hot and before my mailbox would pop with stuff that needed to be done. And oh boy, do I love that morning light!
I had little expectations of this route because everything that heads towards the capital or even big cities isn’t much of a reference for free wild nature.

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GX – Stairway To Heaven

This one is a sweet one!
Usually i’m quite disappointed in the long stretches of concrete between the villages in Flanders. You can drive from one village to another without even getting a glimpse of nature. Although, in the last few rides, ever since I changed my routing preference to gravel and offroad I’ve come to realise there is still a fair but of green behind the concrete wall. And today’s ride surely was one of the a-listers for that reason. I enjoyed every meter of the 121 kilometers in this track!

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Strada Campina – An Introduction

Today we, Paul and I played an away game.
Since the day I got to know the existence of Strada Campina I was keen on riding it. We didn’t have the whole day so we road a small part of the course, better than nothing.
Incredibly beautiful, varied and certainly tastes for more. I think about 90 percent is gravel or sand, so great experience for those gravel maniacs! And the underground goes from hard gravel to real soft sand that sucks the speed and energy out of your legs.

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New Shoes

Can’t gravel without a descent pair of tyres. I was still riding my Road Schwalbes with an anti-puncture layer. To be honest, they did just fine! But all those gravel rides deserve a good tyre. So I mounted the tyres that initially came with my bike. Not only are they perfect for gravel rides, they sure look good as well on the bike!
Can’t wait to ride these!

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In the fields

Yesterday my friend @Belgian.Biker and me got out to do a quick Gravel tour somewhere. Weather was not that nice a lot of wind and a fair bit of rain in the beginning of the ride. Once it stopped raining we really enjoyed being on the bikes. The first part of the trip was a lot of asphalt connecting long strokes of Gravel. After a while we started freewheeling based on what we assumed was a great gravel detour on our route. Most of them where succesfull but one really got us by the balls. It went from a small track to a walking trail to an almost invisible trail.

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