Antoine’s #Staycation

Who are you?

I’m Antoine, I’m 22 and I live in Ixelles with my fantastic girlfriend and my cat.

And why do you cycle in Brussels?

I started cycling in 2016, and soon after that I built my first fixed-gear bike. I got interested in bike deliveries through some friends. We cycled for Deliveroo together for a total of 3 years. Delivering meals in Brussels, every evening after school. A year and a half ago, after I stopped studying photography, I started learning bicycle mechanics at Qomkom, where @soutien.george took me under his wing.

I’ve delivered parcels for Hush Rush a few times too. But all that’s behind me now that I’m working as a mechanic at Velofixer.

Every single job or course I’ve done is something I once dreamed of. I am where I am now thanks to the people and friends around me and those who’ve supported me at some time or other.

I cycle to get around faster, because I’m passionate about it and the lovely municipality I live in that welcomes cyclists, and to satisfy my hunger for tearing down the road on my bike.

Cycling in Brussels means having loads of opportunities to take photographs too. My friend @van_cau from Hors Catégorie (See U) has even created an exhibition on this theme – which is still open at the moment. Be sure to go and have a look!

What are your 3 favourite places in Brussels?

The Forêt de Soignes for fresh air, Jupiter for the view of Brussels and any street in Brussels where I can overtake a car.

  • Forêt de Soignes

  • Duden Park

  • Brussels Fun

What wonderful places have you discovered on your bike?

The most wonderful places I’ve discovered recently were (wild) camping spots and their surroundings on a trip to the Ardennes. I don’t think I would have taken the initiative to explore these places without a bike.

What is your favourite restaurant / café / bar / ... that you can visit on your bike?

Hors Catégorie in See U; the best place to have a beer or a coffee with your friends.

What’s your favourite cycling route in the Brussels area?

All the streets in Brussels are magnificent! But if you want to go on a great bike ride, cycling on Drève des Tumuli/Tumulidreef, which goes right through the Forêt de Soignes, really is the best. It takes you straight to the Hippodrome in Groenendaal and the Château de la Hulpe.

  • Tumulidreef

  • The Hippodrome in Groenendaal

  • Château de La Hulpe

What would be an ideal summer’s day on your bike?

Starting the day with a cup of coffee on Place du Jeu de Balle. Then cycling round Brussels with some friends looking for nice spots where I can photograph them. And then finishing up with an aperitif at Hors Catégorie.

What more could anyone wish for? 😉
  • Friends

  • Friends

  • Self-portrait

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