Facing the challenge
Saturday, 27 May 2023

Starting and finishing at the Shimano Experience Center, this route takes on some of the most beautiful and at times challenging gravel roads and climbs in the region. Get a new perspective on well known climbs such as the Gulpener and the Bemeler and test your handling skills on the occasional single track. With over 850m of climbing it's not going to be a walk in the park and we recommend tires with a width upwards of 35mm for a pleasant experience.

Facing the challenge

In the scenic town of Valkenburg, May marked the arrival of a highly anticipated new edition of our social ride. This time it was time for some gravel again. Unlike our previous ride in Valkenburg earlier in the year, fortune smiled upon us as the weather gods bestowed upon us a day of idyllic sunshine and clear skies. The golden rays danced on our bicycles, setting the tone for an incredible day of riding ahead.

Embracing our tried and tested formula, we commenced our day by indulging in delectable slices of cake while relishing the aroma of freshly brewed coffee at the Shimano Experience Center. Energized and ready to conquer the route, we embarked on our bicycles, knowing that a mid-ride treat awaited us.

The route for this edition presented us with a challenge to say the least. As we pedaled along the gravel roads, we faced numerous climbs that demanded every ounce of strength and determination. The treacherous terrain offered little traction, intensifying the excitement and making each ascent and descent a heart-pounding adventure.

A section of the route even required us to cross a small river, offering an optional thrill for those brave enough to tackle it without dismounting and opting for the pedestrian bridge.

Our halfway point provided a well-deserved break, where we savored mouthwatering "broodje kroket" sandwiches, replenishing our energy for the second leg of our adventure.

As we neared the end of our ride, a celebratory atmosphere enveloped us, soon thereafter accompanied by refreshing cold beers and generous plates of pasta. Laughter filled the air as we shared stories and celebrated our collective achievements. One of the most cherished aspects of our social rides lies in the diverse group of individuals who join us, combining familiar faces with the warm embrace of new participants.

This edition did not disappoint, as we were thrilled to see many familiar riders who had embarked on previous adventures with us. Equally exciting was the presence of new enthusiasts, eager to embrace the spirit of camaraderie and exploration that defines our social rides. The blending of old and new friendships created an atmosphere of warmth and unity, further enhancing the overall joy of the event.

This latest edition of our social ride stands as an absolute triumph, filled with breathtaking scenery, challenging trails, and the heartfelt camaraderie of like-minded cyclists. With the weather gods favoring our endeavors, we relished every moment of this extraordinary adventure, conquering the demanding terrain while forging unforgettable memories along the way. As we bid farewell to this remarkable day, our anticipation grows for future social rides, where the spirit of exploration, friendship, and shared passion for cycling will continue to thrive. 


Stay tuned for more exciting updates and be sure to join us on our next outdoor adventure.


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