Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Senior Member Surferbruce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles/Aveyron France
    Posts
    5,308
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    who knows Belgium (Ghent)?

    I'm off to Ghent in a few weeks to see Ghent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. I've got a hotel booked in Ghent, but I'm looking for advice on riding the cobbles and slopes. Maybe a good shop to seek advice from in Ghent? Things not to miss?

  2. #2
    Studs Terkel Johnny_Monkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Maputo, Mozambique
    My Bikes
    2005 Pinarello Paris; Avanti Blade Comp; Tommasini X-Fire
    Posts
    8,724
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm off there in a couple of months.

    What slopes do you refer? From what I've seen of Flanders it seems pretty flat.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Surferbruce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles/Aveyron France
    Posts
    5,308
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey View Post
    I'm off there in a couple of months.

    What slopes do you refer? From what I've seen of Flanders it seems pretty flat.
    slopes are what they call the short 1-2 K steep (up to 20%!) chain breaker climbs around the area, like what you see in Tour of Flanders.

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi if you can bring your bike.(With plenty of padding on the handlebars!).I rode the tour of Flanders sportive about 2 years ago. I recommend that you go to Oudenaarde as a base there are plenty of Cobbles and legendary climbs in this area.You can pick up a map from the local Tour of Flanders Museum.A lot of the Belgian Classics use similar routes. It is a very bicycle friendly country.This will give you a taste for the cobbles. It will be a shock (in more ways than one) to your system.
    ENJOY

  5. #5
    AKA Papaver Cyclemaniana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    1,104
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can always rent a bike here: http://www.jowan.be/nl-2verhuur.html

    I'm sorry it's in dutch. the rentalshop is on the Tour of Flanders route...

  6. #6
    Senior Member 2thamaxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Pays-Bas
    My Bikes
    Koga Kimera Team Edition (2011) & TREK 5200 US Postal (2004)
    Posts
    181
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've just done the Tour of Flanders with 21km of cobblestones.
    One hell of a painful experience.
    Cobblestones = painful
    Descending over cobblestones = hell

    Make sure you have the best gloves you can get which I didn't.
    Now I'm sitting here with blisters on my hands.
    Life isn't about finding yourself. LIFE IS ABOUT CREATING YOURSELF (unknown)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •