La Roche-en-Ardenne (4)
The trail La Roche-en-Ardenne (4) has a distance of 21.9 km and an elevation gain of 642 meters.
Jimmy rode this trail on 24-09-2021
After I had tried to drive route 1 in the morning, but had seen very little of it because most of the forests were marked with hunting signs, I went into the 'hunt-free' forests on route 4 in the afternoon. Counterclockwise I immediately set off for a long asphalt climb to be able to do a first descent off-road. It is therefore recommended to ride in a counterclockwise direction, downhill on the asphalt is also a bit boring on a MTB. Then I got another climb under the wheels, this time off-road and man, it was tough. I met two other MTB riders who had given up and completed the climb on foot. Once at the top we were back on the tarmac again to go into an off-road descent. In this way the route continues to alternate. You pass beautiful pieces of nature, beautiful views and different types of surface (pebble, sand, grass, ...). Both the climbs and the descents require some technique (and fitness), but if you know your limits well, everyone can work on them. Would you like to discover the loop visually, take a look at the following link. In the second part of the loop I encountered a fairly tricky descent followed by an almost impossible climb. It is certainly useful to have a look at it before you try it. Enjoy watching! La Roche-eA route 4: https://youtu.be/vRvcjxDrIEg
JQ Flanders rode this trail on 23-10-2016
Sunny day, Max temp around 12 degrees at 3:00 pm. XC route around 80% off-road when connecting with Route 3 via Valléé des tombes. First part to gain altitude till Beausaint, then downhill to get to the main road for around 3 km so stay visible. From Camping the Pouhou steep uphill that will happen again 4 or 5 times during the route so get ready. Dowhill parts are nice, fast and wide. I joined Route 3 (inverse sense of the route) going up steeply via Vallée des tombes and wild but fun final descent to La Roche. Be careful with this descent. I was about somersaulting and had a puncture.