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Old 03-19-09, 01:55 PM   #1
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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