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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:43 pm 
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Johnsqual wrote:
Really? Great stuff, chaps, I'll pencil it in the diary and hopefully we can sort it out.

Bugloss: the area I live is about 60km from Brussels and can be reached by the Belgian cycling network:

http://www.fietsnet.be


That's some map when you zoom out, almost gave me a migraine. 60km in which direction johnny ?

It's always good to know which direction to cycle in, I reckon.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:47 pm 
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Thanks for the interest so far.

If people are seriously interested in doing the ride to Merckx's birthplace I will start to make some plans.

The area is a sort of light version of the Flemish Ardennes,
the same sort of short steep hills and some cobbles, and nice scenery.

The Hoegaarden brewery is nearby and there is also a small abbey brewery that you can visit.

I might be able to get some camping spaces in our garden, if the Mrs agrees. If not, there are some OK campsites in the area or a couple of Youth Hostels in Leuven.

Johnny


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:49 pm 
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bugloss wrote:
Johnsqual wrote:
Really? Great stuff, chaps, I'll pencil it in the diary and hopefully we can sort it out.

Bugloss: the area I live is about 60km from Brussels and can be reached by the Belgian cycling network:

http://www.fietsnet.be


That's some map when you zoom out, almost gave me a migraine. 60km in which direction johnny ?

It's always good to know which direction to cycle in, I reckon.


The routes go all the way to the North of Holland. It's a pretty amazing scheme really.

60 km east, towards Leuven then down a bit.

In Dutch they have a saying 'Wie durft verdwalen vindt nieuwe wegen' (If you dare to get lost you will find new paths). My Mrs threatens to hit me if I quote it at her :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:52 pm 
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Me and Lost are great mates.

My plan is to either get in to Bruxelles on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning and leave again on Monday, as I figure I won't want to rush away on Sunday. I fly back to Denmark on Tuesday.

So I'd love to come for a ride on Saturday. I'll probably youth hostel or hotel it as I won't be bringing a tent on my Eddy Merckx as it won't take a rack even if I tried.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:08 pm 
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Johnsqual wrote:
Just noticed that next year's Retro Ronde Van Vlaanderen
will be on 14th of June


Bugger ... I'm doing a 100 mile TT on the Q100 on the 15th ...


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:28 pm 
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Montello wrote:
Johnsqual wrote:
Just noticed that next year's Retro Ronde Van Vlaanderen
will be on 14th of June


Bugger ... I'm doing a 100 mile TT on the Q100 on the 15th ...


cancel it!! this should be infinitely more fun!!

8)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:39 pm 
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rusty bodie wrote:
Montello wrote:
Johnsqual wrote:
Just noticed that next year's Retro Ronde Van Vlaanderen
will be on 14th of June


Bugger ... I'm doing a 100 mile TT on the Q100 on the 15th ...


cancel it!! this should be infinitely more fun!!

8)

It's the only 100 in the Q district.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:19 pm 
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[/quote]Bugger ... I'm doing a 100 mile TT on the Q100 on the 15th ...[/quote]

cancel it!! this should be infinitely more fun!!

8)[/quote]
It's the only 100 in the Q district.[/quote]
There aren't many 100's at all on the calendar these days! I was going to ride the Anfield last year (our local one is on A19 in August - not for me!) but my pneumonia put paid to that. Perhaps next year?

Not checked any clashes with other things for 2014 yet. Whatever, as I tell Mrs Ned - 'you can only do one thing at a time'. It's choosing which one that's the difficult part :?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:24 pm 
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In this case the choosing is easy peasy.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:45 pm 
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well it looks like i'm out at the first hirdle!!

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