A pre-brexit, birthday, beer and bicycle bro-tour of the continent and a local bicycle race. The inaugral Good Cycling Cycling Club® Adventure Club Run – and the first anual Good Cycling Cycling Club® Club Retreat. Belgium is the beer soaked genesis of the cycling season. The combination of bicycles, frites, mayonaise, cobbles and beer equates to good vibes, and good vibes are what Good Cycling is about. Making Belgium, and the opening classic of the season – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad – the perfect pilgrimage for Good Cycling Cycling Club®. Below you will find a loose agenda for the planned exhibition of bearded bros – bearded brosettes would also be welcome – culminating in Brussels.
We rode from London to the east coast of England to catch a ferry to the continent – starting at Pavilion for a coffee/cake, may as well start as we mean to go on. After a lovely ride through the East English countryside we will arrive in Harwich where we will take an overnight ferry and sleep on a boat. We will had plenty of time to refuel on some fish & chips before boarding.
Harwich — Hoek van Holland 23:00 — 08:00
📆 Friday, 1st March
🚴♂️ Stage 02 📍 Hook of Holland — Hoek 📏 134.1km 📐 473m ⏱ ~6h 42m
Once we landed in Europe we headed south to our first night on the road. We rode along the coast, sometimes over it, to reach our accommodation for the evening in the very-way-more-north of Belgium. Our accommodation for the evening was meant to be a delightful chalet [caravan] in a holiday resort [caravan park] but turned out to be an actual chalet, still in a caravan park.
Waking bright and early we made our way into the bosom of Belgium where we took pause to witness Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the opening race of the cycling season. Once we had had our fill of cow bells and shouting at professional cyclists we will rode on to our final destination, Brussels for a well earned rest and shower and beers.
Sunday, 3rd March
🚴♂️ Rest Day 📍 Brussels 📏 ~0km 📐 ~0m
After a hearty Belgium breakfast (beer?) we will take a casual spin around the capital of Belgium to help keep our legs from seizing up. Just like the professionals we will partake in a ‘rest-day-ride’ but as this is a, ‘birthday, beer and bicycle bro-tour,’ we will replace café stops with beer stops. It would be rude not to. All of this before rolling into Brussels-Midi to catch the Eurostar back to London. Beers on the train won't be mandatory, but will be encouraged.
Brussels Midi/Zuid — London St Pancras
20:22 — 21:33 (2h 33m)