After De Panne last weekend I will admit I was a little disappointed. Starting far back didn’t help and my lack of experience showed, but finishing 104th in a race wasn’t what I had planned.
After the race I headed to Bruges (Brugge) for the night and enjoyed looking around the beautiful city, then onwards towards the Dutch border to a town called Merksplas. I stayed with Wim Verheyen and his family, who I know from several previous stage races including Iron Bike and the Crocodile Trophy. Wim was keen to show me his local area, which is as flat as a pancake. On Tuesday we did a 110km MTB ride in the day, followed by a 35km MTB night ride where we were joined by Elias Van Hoeydonck, another rider I know well from Iron Bike. The riding around the area was fantastic, full of ace singletrack and some nice waymarked trails. All in all, a top day and probably the most distance I have done in a day on a mountian bike, outside of a race for a long, long time. Read more