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In the Liege region of eastern Belgium lies Le Parc naturel Hautes Fagnes – Eifel. This stunning natural reserve straddles the Belgian-German border and recently played host to the inaugural Dirty Boar, an all-day gravel ride that delivered quintessentially Belgian conditions for all that attended.
Some 350 riders turned up to tackle the 170km of gravel roads, forest trails and single track that was on offer. With rain falling for virtually the entire day, riders amassed some 2,700m of climbing, enjoying terrific views, river crossings and stunning woodland scenery as they went. Just as the weather proved to be typically Belgian, so too was post-ride nourishment of beer and frites.
The following gallery showcases the beauty and the challenge of the inaugural Dirty Boar. You can read more about the event at PenPaperSteel or at the Dirty Boar website.