Belgium Boys – Trip to Gent

Posted: July 19, 2015 in News
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Another day, another tale from those boy’s in Belgium, but before Mitch tells us about their adventure, here’s a candid shot of the crew relaxing at their home-away-from-home, The Chainstay, in Oudenaarde.

I'm sure those of us in Oz are very jealous of the sun and people going shirtless!!!  Was 1-degree here in Melbourne overnight…. Brrrrrr.

I’m sure those of us in Oz are very jealous of the sun and people going shirtless!!! Was 1-degree here in Melbourne overnight, brrrr!

Right, so back to yesterday’s trip to Gent… thanks for the write up Mitch:

You can tell we’re living the good life here in Belgium when I tell you the in’s-and-out’s of our journey yesterday to Gent. After Sam (who’s 24 and one of the ride leaders) arrived from the second house to meet us at the Chainstay at 11am, he, Riley, John (a junior from the US) and I set off on our way to experience another aspect that Belgium has to offer.

Skies were grey but the rain held off and it was a pleasant 25-degrees.

Skies were grey but the rain held off and it was a pleasant 25-degrees.

We rode along the N60 Highway, screaming along at 45-50km/h the whole way there… thanks to the tailwind of course!

Once we arrived in Gent we found a coffee shop called Makobon, which apparently serves the best coffee in Belgium… and true to its reputation we enjoyed the best coffee we have had over here by far.

So good… coffee like it's meant to taste!  If you get to Gent, get to Mokabon!

So good… coffee like it’s meant to taste! If you get to Gent, get to Mokabon!

We then found a restaurant called ‘Tokyo Sushi’ and as we hadn’t had sushi since we’d been back in Australia that was also a much needed treat. The sushi was so fresh and delicious, I was liking the way this trip was panning out!

The next surprise on our roll through what I believe is the nicest town in Belgium, was a little hole in the wall shop called ‘Australian Home Made Ice-Cream’.  This was made for us, so we had to get some… right!?!  Riley and I both got a big waffle with cookies & cream ice cream on top… Yum!

A little taste of home… now we know that home tastes like cookies and cream!

A little taste of home… now we know that home tastes a lot like cookies and cream!

Before we left, we witnessed some of the amazing attractions that Gent had to offer, we rode through the park that included riding on some pretty sweet mountain bike trails and even stopped in at Plum Bikes which is a vintage bike store that was awesome and featured a collection of racing bikes from yesteryear. Seeing the transformation from these early bikes to our bikes today was pretty cool.

Sign the guest book… see some amazing bikes including from that Greg Lemond used to win a stage of the tour.

Sign the guest book… see some amazing bikes including from that Greg Lemond used to win a stage of the tour.

Insta suggests there were other 'attraction' that the boys appreciated… Gent is a university town after all!

Insta suggests there were other ‘attraction’ that the boys appreciated… Gent is a university town after all!

It was quite a day and as we headed back to the Chainstay along the canal – still a ride we’ll do one morning – we decided it wouldn’t be fully complete without having another stop in at the most amazing bike shop in the world… the BMC Concept Store.

The boys race again tonight (Sunday night) Australian time.  Riley and Mitch at a Zottegem kermesse and hopefully Maccie’s   been selected to race the junior Omloop Nieuwsblad – going on his results, I’d say he would be.

Stay tuned for more bluster from Belgium soon.

Comments
  1. Jeanette Berwick says:

    Good luck tonight boys , you should be going well on your diet of Aussie ice cream & lovely Belgium coffee

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