I have not done so many organized bike rides, I just like to ride. However this january I was invited to do the Tour of Flanders Challenge and enlisted for the 259 k real deal. A week after there was a mail telling about the Paris Roubaix Challenge arranged the day before the race as well; I may have imbibed some wine that night and thought why don,t I stay on alone and do that as well ? So here I am in Kortrijk after a wonderful sunny springday in a vast field in France watching Cancelara pull away from the rest. Both Challenges were good riding experiences for me, the Tour of Flanders harder because of the longer ride, the Paris Roubaix being only 170 k. I had my CX set up with 35 mm Vittoria Hyper tires so I was not all that beat up by the pavees. I found riding the pavees to be great fun and a real test of endurance. You really have to push yourself to "float" over the cobbles. With my tires I could choose the side of the road when that was easier going which it often was. In the week between the two events I wanted to test my new touring gear but unfortunately my three season setup did not fit this very cold prolonged winter. Trying to camp in a Big Agnes Seedhouse with a strong northeasterly wind around freezing is not to be recommended. Aside from the smell of pigmanure at this time of the year I found Belgium to be really bikefriendly and great place to cycletour. I spent some memorable days in the museums in Brugge, an amazing city. Both rides strongly recommended.