jules979 asked: Hey Guys, I have just recently moved to Gent and looking to fall in with a group for some bike training and hurt. Where and what are the meet-up times for next weekend, also are there different ability levels options to chose from? Thanks in advance....Jules
Welcome to Ghent. You can hook up with the Scheldepeleton.
I take it you have experience riding in peleton/large groups?
Make sure you pay attention cause the path is used by other cyclists and pedestrians as well, make sure to signal fellow cyclists. Nowadays because of the good weather the peleton sometimes reaches up to 70-80+ riders, it’s vital everyone knows what’s happening.
Rides are everyday starting from Zwijnaarde bridge (google maps: Adolphe Della Faillelaan crosses the river and, it’s underneath the bridge, ‘Zwijnaarde brug’ just makes it easier)
During the week every morning at 09:00 you can assemble for a ride along the Schelde to Eine (Oudenaarde) and return. Distance about 50km, up and down as much as you like.
Tuesday night there’s the Macpudding ride leaving at 18:37 at the Mac Pudding Tavern in Eke (about 10 k from Zwijnaarde bridge), groupride along the river and into to the countryside hills. The peleton waits on top of the ‘climbs’, avg speeds around 32 km/h. Depends on who’s leading and the time of year, spring rides around 65 km, lateron might be 80 or 90km
Wednesday night at 18:30, departure at Café The Meersbloem (google) 2km from Zwijnaarde brug along the river next to the Wouter Weylandt memorial. Race up and down the river. Expect breakaways, heavy chasing, echelons, avg speeds between 42 - 45 km/h. route distance around 45-50 km I think
Saturday and sunday, start at Zwijnaarde Brug at 09:15. Usually nice up tempo along the river, turn of at Zingem to head out to the Zwalm region (3-4 hilly sections). Racing start here in most cases, beware we ride on open roads (no trafficlights tho) which aren’t secured and there’s no motards or whatever blocking traffic. Sat and sunday parcours take on different hills. Return route is the same, exiting Oudenaarde ending up along the Schelde for the finalé, finishline on all the rides the whole week is at Café the Meersbloem.
avg speeds depending on the season, 38-40km/h. Route distance +-75 km.
if you have Strava, just explore segments and you’ll find them really easy to find as well.
Maybe see you soon, rubber side down!