That’s right, it’s time to release your inner Belgian. For those of us who will not make it to the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) or any of the other great spring classics for that matter, this is our chance to bust out our favorite old wool jersey and pedal to Belgium (Belgium, Wisconsin that is). The ride there and back will be between 90 and 100 miles. The pace will be conversational, but not dawdling (15mph-20mph). I plan on leaving around 8am. I am willing to swing by Hollander on Downer to meet any east side riders who want to ride along.
This will be my longest ride of the season by oh, about 80 miles, so I have no illusions of stomping it. Not a pedal will be turned in anger and it is NOT a race. If you want to start with me and then go hard, feel free to come along. If it is dry I will probably ride my now vintage Trek US Postal road bike, a full-on race bike. If it is wet I will ride my ’86 Trek 620 touring bike with fenders and a dyno hub. You of course can ride whatever you want, there are no bike rules or clothing rules on this ride. The only rule is you gotta get home on your own. If you are doubtful that you can make the full 90, feel free to join me and just peel off early, even if you only want to ride 20 or 30 miles.
I have a tentative route that heads from my house to the East Side and then up the Oak Leaf to the Ozaukee Interurban to Belgium. It looks like Curley’s, the Luxemburger Restaurant right along the trail in Belgium is closed. If it is, we will try to grab decent food somewhere else along the trail, but everyone should bring something to eat just in case. I suggest little Sardine sandwiches on french bread or perhaps brioche for easier chewing. Sadly, the weather is supposed to be 50 degrees and sunny, quite unBelgian-like. Please RSVP via the comments below if you want to join me. Feel free to invite your crew as well, the more the merrier. My mobile number is 414-736-2209 if you decide at the last-minute that you want to come. I am fighting a tiny bit of a cold right now. If it gets worse instead of better I would either skip or shorten my ride. I will let people know by Friday if that happens.
Departure: 8am, 2205 N 59th St.
Return: mid to late afternoon.