The south-west of Finland offers some of the finest gravel roads in Finland. The network of smooth gravel roads, double tracks, forest roads and single tracks is endless in this area. To make it even better, most of them are in top-notch shape so you can expect some dreamy sections of smooth rally gravel.Check out my stage by stage Collection here: komoot.com/collection/1228512
November 24, 2021
Our camp spot on the ridge provided great views to both sides of the mountain. Once again, we woke up early to see the starry sky turn into morning sunshine before starting our 1000m climb up to Serra da Estrela. The climb included some steep 14% sections that made you feel your legs from the previous day. At the top we enjoyed a second breakfast once again and celebrated reaching the highest peak before starting the amazing descent to Covilhã. This descent makes you fall in love with cycling, if you haven't yet. One of the nicest things you can with your bike and a great way to finish off our trip in the Portuguese mountains.
November 26, 2021
We woke up early on the second day to catch the sunrise on top the Trevim. The route to the top provided amazing views to the surrounding mountains. The gravel descent from the top was a speedy but fun one. We enjoyed another breakfast/lunch at Góis and bought more snack from the last grocery store before heading out for a long gravel sections without services before Piódão. The ride went up and down on the mountains providing steep climbs and speedy descents as well as stunner views. We met friendly Portuguese people who offered us BBQ, pies and eggs on the way. There was one fountain to refill the water bottles before Piódão. The descent to Piódão and all the way to Vide in the bottom of the valley was one of the most amazing rides I have done passing by small Portuguese mountain villages. Piódão has also some restaurants to buy food. We decided to climb the first 900m of the Serra da Estrela in the dark to be able to camp without the humidity and make the next days climb easier.
November 26, 2021
On the first part to Lousa we cycled across some small towns to get to the mountains. In Lousa, we stocked up at the grocery store and ate lunch at the restaurant before starting our climb to Serra da Lousã. On the road to Serra da Lousã there was fountains so we could refill our water bottles easily. We drank the water directly from the fountains and didn't have any problems with it. A local recommend us this camp spot by the guard house. The house was closed but there was a fountain and it proved to be a good decision to sleep higher up because there was no humidity at night.
November 26, 2021
What do you get when Laurens ten Dam and Flanders Classics organize a ride together? That's right... a super cool combination of Flemish gravel and cobblestones from the Ronde Van Vlaanderen!As a huge fan of both, this Flanders Gravel was definitely my party! Fortunately I was not alone and besides a lot of fun gravel enthusiasts such as Laurens ten Dam himself, fellow Shimano Gravel Alliance buddy Henna was also present :-)With two lovely GRX Di2 mounted gravel bikes we tackled the tough Flemish Ardennes, with alternating cobblestones, gravel strips, concrete roads, forest paths and singletrack. A beautiful varied route with - in addition to a good lunch and several aid stations - afterwards a great gravel party with Kwaremont beer by the campfire, as it should be after a good gravel ride!Flanders Gravel was a real absolute top stage and I can therefore wholeheartedly recommend that you attend the next edition, which is already planned for July 2022:
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October 18, 2021
Our last day started by enjoying the morning coffee on top of the Rondane before riding down to the valley. The day started with a long and fun gravel descend and the rest of they day we followed the river in the valley so there was no more big climbs to do. The views are not quite that spectacular anymore but the ride is nice when you avoid the busier road and stay on the other side of the river on smaller paved and gravel roads. Lots of grocery stores and services around today since the route passes by many towns.
October 26, 2021