A14 (Suffolk) locals Joe Embrey, Steve Broomfield and Ollie Davitt recently took a little road trip over the channel. When we think of euro road trips, we usually think of summer, but these guys went for it in winter. With some solid indoor options, they had themselves covered (quite literally) but it seems the weather ended up being on their side. Read on!
Photos by Joe Embrey / Steve Broomfield
– Tell us about this road trip. Who was on it? Why did you choose to go in winter?
Our crew usually plans a trip to break up the winter months and get away. We travel a fair bit anyway, but this winter we’ve been travelling more after our indoor shut down earlier in the year, which has given us extra motivation to get out and explore new places to ride.
After a few ideas back and forth we landed on the idea of a euro driving trip to allow us to be a bit more flexible and hit some spots we’d never been to – also a change from the BCN/Malaga trips we’ve done a few times.
“Going in winter was a gamble for sure! But knowing there were some rad indoors to hit meant we had a more than decent fall-back plan”
Going in winter was a gamble for sure! But knowing there were some rad indoors to hit meant we had a more than decent fall-back plan!
After a few people dropping out we had a nice tight crew of myself, Steve Broomfield and Ollie Davitt (Dav) who are two good friends from home and are always motivated and down to explore new spots. Having a smaller crew meant we could keep it simple and fit in one vehicle too.
– Why did you choose Belgium/Netherlands?
We’ve been to Holland and Belgium before but that whole strip between Calais and Amsterdam just has so many good spots to hit there’s never a shortage of things to ride. The famous bowls in Belgium and Area51 were bucket list spots for sure! Dav’s brother lives in Amsterdam so it meant we could hook up with him too.
If anyone hasn’t had the chance to visit Holland/Belgium to ride, I’d highly recommend it. They are doing it so right over there!