So my boss is racing at Spa end of June and he’s invited me along. I’m going to head down a couple of days after not to interested in watching free practice etc!
Any advice on nice routes there? look on google maps I could run the border of france/belguim and go through the “parc naturel reginal de l’avesnois” but any advice appreciated or route you may have which I can upload to my prat nav.
Here are a few routes I have.
The first one is one a mate knocked up, it goes through Givet, which as me_groovy said is great 1st 80 miles are MWay, then its twisties.
I have attached some more routes I downloaded from ride mag, they all seem to do the 1st few miles on MWay, as far as I know its pretty boring close to the tunnel (perhaps someone else can disprove?) better to knock out a few mway miles, then it gets good.
After Lille you can leave the motorway and take the parallel road via Tournai to Mons, it’s a quiet road and much better than the motorway, then go to Givet via Philippeville and Beaumont. I’ve done this route many times and it’s very good. Beaumont is a good place for a break, there are usually a few bikes parked up and some good cafes. Givet is also a good place to stop. If you’re planning an overnight stay there is a good campsite in Tournai.
Take your holey socks, rancid underwear and worn out t-shirts, discard them as you go and hey presto you have plenty of room in your luggage for all those continental delicacies! (Does this sound like a Viz top tip?)
Bring spare keys. Spares of everything, bike, padlock, front door. Keep all the spare keys together but separate from the other keys, ideally in a pocket that you don’t usually use. And keep them on you at all times, just in case you drop your bike key down a drain whilst you’re out. Also good if you’re bike jacked, you can be seen to throw the keys away.