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53 miles on fully loaded bikes was hard work today . How we did 83 miles a few times in the USA I really don’t know. I guess we just need to get fitter!

Day 3 of the ANSELL leg of Ride to the Rock . We woke at 0630 , packed up the wet tent and set off . We wanted to get into Brussels a bit earlier so that we could sort our and relax a little.

Last nights camp

There is a notable change in provision for cycling as we rode today. The Netherlands is gold standard , today has been a silver till Brussels then a definite bronze in the city.

We stopped for breakfast about 1000 hrs : beans, olives, gherkins and bread sat in some woods leaning on an electrical substation


We stopped for coffee in Lier at mid day and visited the commonwealth war cemetery in the town to pay our respects. I am always incredibly moved by these places and this was no exception. Those in power should visit these places on a regular basis and consider the implications of their decision making.

The tragedy of life stolen by conflict

From here we pushed on towards Brussels. There were nice sections along canals or through woods .

Finally into Brussels , industrial / docks initially then into the madness of the city. Cars everywhere, confusing cycle lanes, people +++

Brussels Docks

We are extremely grateful to Ansell who have kindly put us up in a lovely hotel in the city. We found it with only moderate stress! We walked into the city this evening to visit The Grand Place and to enjoy a Chimay Blue beer. Wonderful after a tough days cycling. The tough days are worth every moment for the ongoing donations to Médecins Sans Frontières. This is what it’s all about.

Tomorrow we visit our primary sponsor of this stage – ANSELL in Anderlecht to give a presentation and meet the team. An absolute honour .

We are heading to bed now so thank you all once again for your support. This project succeeds because of you. Doctors Without Borders functions because of you.

Thank you from us – Grand Place Brussels
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