Working for the Eddy Merckx bicycle brand back in 2014 I remember our CEO and R&D chief coming back from a US trip talking about Gravel events overseas and how much it would be the next big thing together with disc brakes on road bikes.
They worked on the project to bring out 2 years later an Alloy and Carbon specific gravel bike called the Strasbourg71.
The first time I would get noticed on this new discipline of cycling next to Cyclo Cross who was almost sport n1 in Flanders.
A few years later we can tell that the culture and microbe flew over to Europe with several Gravel events of all kind being held these days and bike brand offering more and more choice.
The Ardennes offer amazing Gravel potential with many wood ranger gravel pads crossing the pine forests and amazing grass fields located on Belgian’s highest peak at 694m.
Together with Rob, Joost and Nick from Maats.cc Amsterdam we went off for some final recon of the perfect gravel ride going from our café up to the Hautes Fagnes and back, making sure we would have the right route pulled together for their Maats.cc Road Trip 2.0 event held on September 29th 2019.
After some challenging moments figuring out a way out of a wrong route choice we refueled at the Signal de Botrange before heading back to the café full of endorphins ready to offer an amazing route for the event.
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Jeroen van Schelven
Max elevation: 693 m
Total climbing: 1651 m