The Ardennes

The Ardennes

      The Hardennes 

             Belgium at its best.

Where Anna and Alejandro, the queen and the cannibal of Belgian’s hilliest region, graced the streets with their sweat and tears. Where the ‘bergs’ are the bergiest, and the applepie tastes the sweetest. 

A one day trip to my favourite part of Belgium. 

An introduction is due, my name is Ayse, Belgian, cyclist, and may the last two be an obvious combination, it hasn’t always been like this. Unlike most I haven’t been racing or riding my bike since I was 10, however I had been following my dad around from small village to village in Belgium, weekend on weekend to see bikeracing from much earlier, and later on. But besides watching my dad, watching races with my dad, it never got me until about 3 years ago, when I had to find my outlet; an outlet that due to injuries didn’t involve putting on running shoes.  I started riding, not training, not racing, riding. It was a puzzle that solved itself in my head that summer. The puzzle has taken me many places since, made me meet some of the most incredible people I know, made me a racer, and a lover of the sport. 

Oh and a La Ridley ambassador. 

But enough about me, let’s go on your new favourite one day biketrip in Belgium.
When LaRidley asked me to write about my favourite coffeeshop, it was simple, because I combine it with my favourite place, Le Coffee Ride near COO. There is parking space close and they have some mean routes to ride of their own. 

http://www.lecoffeeride.cc/rides/road/, my favourite loop is the ‘La Baraque and back’, But I mostly like to start a good ride with a good coffee.  After that, the choice is yours, do you own a gravel or mountainbike, don’t hesitate, take it. For the roadies, getting more than 2000 elevation meters is not hard in the Ardennes. May that be the reason I love it. I’m by far not a climber, but I absolutely love it. It makes trainingtime pass like it’s nothing, it’s intervals without thinking about them, going down, fast. Climbing to me is suffering with an immediate reward. 

Don’t hesitate to stop for coffee and cake during your ride, you deserve it.
And when all is said and done, you recognise the same houses as a couple hours before, and you’ve found your way back to Coo. You grab a shower at Le Coffee Ride (free by the way, and have some excellent options to stay the night as well), get a toasty and a coffee down, and you ride back, you ride back and you think, god, why aren’t the Ardennes closer to home

Ayse Van Laethem
A lover of bikes, books, and capturing and creating memories. 

Until next time


Ayse Van Laethem
A lover of bikes, books, and capturing and creating memories. 

Until next time

 

 

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