Reality dawns…

It’s the last day of our holiday and we’re in the Ardennes – Belgium’s ‘mountainous’ bit.  But I was beginning to have doubts.  We’ve ridden nearly 20kms and my Garmin tells me we’ve climbed a total of 12 metres.  That’s right, two more than ten.  It ain’t the Alps, that’s for sure.  But we needn’t have worried.  A little further on, we started to hit some hills.  Long drags akin to Owen-Dickson, only they went for seven or more kilometres at a time.  And the pavement was deader than a dodo.  They came fairly often.  So by the end of the ride we had topped out on a col of a little over 300m and amassed some 740m of climbing for 75kms.  Compare that to yesterday’s ride:  100kms through the villages and towns between here and Antwerp and back again for a total climb of a little more than half that.  (I think most of that came just from riding out of our driveway.)  It is really quite flat north of here.  So today we hooked into the Foret de Soignes to seek out the local single track loop and some hills.  We found it (eventually).  Our 50km ride had 500m of climbing, some fresh blackberries and not too much mud at all.  A little light on for single track though.  I think they could do with a few of the CORC elves over here…

Cath tops out on the 'summit' of an Ardennes col
Cath tops out on the 'summit' of an Ardennes col

'Possibly, but it looks a little small, non?' (Dubuy, Ardennes)

Leuven canal - smoothest hot mix yet...

Single track found in the Foret de Soignee (outskirts of Brussels)