My buddy Jan has lived in Retie almost all his life, and when he hasn’t been living in Retie, he’s been a permanent resident of the bars there. So Retie is ok by me. Unfortunately, being right on the Dutch border, it’s flatter than flat. Flatter than a euro XC carbon handlebar. So when Lockwood and I decided to go do an organized ride there…I had my doubts.
Sure enough, it was absurdly flat. Jeff with his IF ti single speed, and me with my steel single…it had potential to be a long day. And so it began, spinning out the legs for a good 1-2km on normal roads. Until we got to the forest, and found out it was pretty righteous! Fun swooping singletrack popped out of nowhere. And quite a lot of it. A bit sandy in places, but fun. We stopped at the halfway mark to take in some waffles and sports drink before continuing on to the main prize -the bar at the end.