I have had quite busy week-ends lately, taken up by work and/or by spending time with family, being on vacation, etc. So no longer rides since the Ronde Cyclo. But since we are doing the Tilff-Bastogne-Tilff with a friend on 12 June, I still have to train. So I go to spinning classes during lunch time, to get some interval work down and keep up my fitness. And I have been going out for 90 minute rides outside, early in the morning on Sundays.
The problem is that it takes some time to get out to my preferred riding area in Flanders, the Pajottenland, and then back. To get to Ruisbroek to the West of Brussels, it takes me about 20 minutes. So 40 minutes of not so pleasant riding time and just 50 minutes of riding in the country-side.
But recently, I have come across the GPS track for a ride to the South-East of Brussels published by the Brussels Big Brackets cycling club, going through the hills of Brabant.
I still have not had the time to ride it, but it inspired my shorter rides.
I first start in the Bois de La Cambre. Early in the morning, the park is still waking up and you can just zoom through. You then get to the Drève de Lorraine, with its cycling path going through the woods, straight as an arrow.
On the left goes the Avenue Dubois, still in the forest of Soignes. It is sort-of downhill, but actually feels almost flat. I always feel frustrated: I’m expecting to go super fast, like on a normal descent. But you have to go hard to get to 50 km/h and you sometimes get cars behind you, which I find stressful.
Anyway, once at the end of Dubois, you go across a big crossing. You can either use the cycling bridge and then the gravel road, or go right, up the steep road. Once you get to the petrol station, you turn into a small road on the left and pass underneath the Groenendaal train station. A nice and long descent later, you are in Hoeilaart. You just follow the road and at the end of the lake, you go right, up a nice steep hill.
From there, I just follow the Waversesteenweg, which becomes more rural as it waves along, with only very few cars.
I usually turn around once I get to Maleizen or even Rixensart. Last week-end, it was particularly frustrating, as I was crossing all the cyclists going to the Route du Muguet, an Audax organised by the Guidons La Hulpois cycling club.
The whole route is really nice, and mixes forests, small towns, countryside, all while going up and down. It provides a good work-out.
But I really have to find the time to do the whole of the “Bosses brabançonnes!”