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Index cycle routes

- Bels Lijntje - Turnhout - Tilburg (34 km)

- Abbey Rolduc - Abbey Achelse Kluis (82 km)

- Valkswaard - Leenderbos - Kempervennen (21 km)

- Bergeijk / de Paal - Hechtel-Eksel - de Paal (61 km)

- Eindhoven - Overpelt - Eindhoven (86 km)

- Abbey van Postel - Lier - Abbey van Postel (117 km)

- De Pielis - Leopoldsburg - Luyksgestel (57 km)

- Valkenswaard - Thorn - Valkenswaard (105 km)

- Boxtel / Liempde - Schijndel - Best (29 km)

- Three days around the IJsselmeer (336 km)

- Eersel / TerSpegelt - Postel - TerSpegelt (26 km)

- RAVeL Hoegaarden - Namen - Heer-Agimont (84 km)


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Bels Lijntje - Turnhout - Tilburg

Start cycle route

Turnhout (Antwerp).

End point

Tilburg (Brabant).

Cycle route

Turnhout - Weelde-Statie - Baarle-Hertog - Alphen - Riel - Tilburg

Distance

34 km of cycling on the old railway bed from Turnhout to Tilburg.

GPX / GPS: Bels Lijntje Turnhout Tilburg.gpx

Bels Lijntje - Turnhout - Tilburg

Bels Lijntje - Turnhout - Tilburg


Abbey Rolduc - Abbey Achelse Kluis

Start cycle route

Abbey Rolduc in Kerkrade (Limburg).

End point

Abbey Achelse Kluis in Hamont-Achel (Belgian Limburg).

Cycle route

Kerkrade - Eygelshoven - Abdissenbosch - Schinveld - Susterseel - Tuddern - Isenbruch - Susteren - Dieteren - Roosteren - Maaseik - Kinrooi - Molenbeersel - Stramproy - Weert - Budel - Achelse Kluis

Distance

82 km.

Surroundings

Cycling from Limburg to Belgian Limburg, from the Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade to the Achelse Kluis Abbey on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands.

GPX / GPS: Abbey Rolduc Abbey Achelse Kluis.gpx

Abdij Rolduc - Abdij Achelse Kluis

Abbey Rolduc - Abbey Achelse Kluis


Valkswaard - Leenderbos - Kempervennen

Start cycle route

Kempervennen in Valkenswaard (Brabant).

End point

Kempervennen in Valkenswaard (Brabant).

Cycle route

Valkenswaard - Leenderbos - Achelse Kluis - Schaft - Borkel - Malpie - Kempervennen

Distance

21 km.

Surroundings

Cycling along the Venbergse Molen and through the Leenderbos, across the heath towards the Achelse Kluis. Then through Schaft and near Borkel along the marshes of the Malpie.

GPX / GPS: Valkenswaard Leenderbos Kempervennen.gpx

Valkswaard - Leenderbos - Kempervennen

Valkswaard - Leenderbos - Kempervennen


Bergeijk / de Paal - Hechtel-Eksel - de Paal

Start cycle route

Camping de Paal in Bergeijk (Brabant).

End point

Camping de Paal in Bergeijk (Brabant).

Cycle route

Bergeijk - Lommel - Hechtel-Eksel - Lommel - Luyksgestel - Bergeijk

Distance

61 km.

Surroundings

In Lommel near the cat forest you cycle to a German military cemetery. The turning point is at Hechtel-Eksel where you can cycle through the trees in Bosland.

GPX / GPS: Bergeijk Hechtel-Eksel Bergeijk.gpx

Bergeijk / de Paal - Hechtel-Eksel - de Paal

Bergeijk / de Paal - Hechtel-Eksel - de Paal


Eindhoven - Overpelt - Eindhoven

Start cycle route

Café Wilhelmina in Eindhoven (Brabant).
De Ronde van WTC Café Wilhelmina.
Turning point: Wedelse Molen in Overpelt (Belgian Limburg).

End point

Eindhoven (Brabant).

Cycle route

Eindhoven - Leende - Maarheeze - Soerendonk - Winkel - Gastel - Berg - Toom - Hamont-Achel - Sint-Huibrechts-Lille - Herent - Overpelt - Neerpelt - Grote Heide - Borkel - Hoek - Klein Borkel - Westerhoven - Riethoven - Keersop - Heikant - Waalre - Aalst - Eindhoven

Distance

86 km.

GPX / GPS: Eindhoven Overpelt Eindhoven.gpx

Eindhoven - Overpelt - Eindhoven

Eindhoven - Overpelt - Eindhoven


Abbey van Postel - Lier - Abbey van Postel

Start cycle route

Abbey van Postel (Antwerp).
Turning point is in Lier (Antwerp).

End point

Abbey van Postel (Antwerp).

Cycle route

Abbey van Postel - Dessel - Sint-Jozef-Olen - Herentals - Lier - Emblem - Viersel - Grobbendonk - Vorselaar - Lille - Tielen - Schoonbroek - Abbey van Postel

Distance

117 km.

GPX / GPS: Postel Lier Postel.gpx

Abbey van Postel - Lier - Abbey van Postel

Abbey van Postel - Lier - Abbey van Postel


De Pielis - Leopoldsburg - Luyksgestel

Start cycle route

De Pielis, municipality of Bergeijk (Brabant).
Turning point is in Leopoldsburg (Belgian Limburg).

End point

Luyksgestel, municipality of Bergeijk (Brabant).

Cycle route

De Pielis - De Maat - Blauwe Kei - Rauw - Wezel - Gerheide - Leopoldsburg - Kerkhoven - Vennen - Gelderhorsten - Heeserbergen - Lommel - Luyksgestel

Distance

57 km.

GPX / GPS: De Pielis Leopoldsburg Luyksgestel.gpx


Valkenswaard - Thorn - Valkenswaard

Start cycle route

Venbergse Molen in Valkenswaard (Brabant).
Turning point is in Thorn (Limburg).

End point

Luikerweg, at Borkel en Schaft.
From Borkel en Schaft to Valkenswaard: circa 5 km.

Cycle route

Valkenswaard - Leende - Maarheeze - Nederweert-Eind - Leveroy - Ell - Hunsel - Ittervoort - Thorn - Neeritter - Molenbeersel - Opwinkel - Hei - Kreiel - Lozen - Hamont-Achel - Schaft - Borkel

Distance

105 km.

GPX / GPS: Valkenswaard Thorn VW.gpx

Valkenswaard - Thorn - Valkenswaard

Valkenswaard - Thorn - Valkenswaard


Boxtel / Liempde - Schijndel - Best

Boxtel / Liempde - Schijndel 10 km

The cycle route starts at the Laarakkerweg between Boxtel and Liempde and ends in Schijndel. You cycle along the highway between Eindhoven and Den Bosch and you pass the Classic Park. Especially interesting for lovers of classic cars.

GPX / GPS: Boxtel Schijndel.gpx

Boxtel / Liempde - Schijndel

Boxtel / Liempde - Schijndel

Schijndel - Best 19 km

Starting point is the Venushoek in Schijndel and you cycle through het groene woud and Boskant, along beautiful country roads. The end point of the cycle route is a parking space at Boslaan Zuid, on the edge of Best, at the Joe Mann Memorial.

GPX / GPS: Schijndel Best.gpx

Schijndel - Best

Schijndel - Best


Three days around the IJsselmeer

Driebergen - Enkhuizen - 103 km

Via Almere you will arrive at the De Trekvogel Visitor Center on Oostvaardersdiep. The route continues via the cycle path along Markermeer and Oostvaarderplassen. From Lelystad to Enkhuizen you cycle over the 26 km long Houtribdijk / Markerwaarddijk, which separates the Markermeer from the IJsselmeer.

Enkhuizen - Oudemirdum - 103 km

You cycle through the province of Noord-Holland via the 32 km long afsluitdijk to Friesland. On the Afsluitdijk you see the IJsselmeer on one side and the Wadden Sea on the other. The final destination is the village of Oudemirdum, part of the municipality of De Friese Meren.

Oudemirdum - Driebergen - 130 km

You go from Friesland to Flevoland and then to the province of Utrecht. The Pyramid of Austerlitz is certainly worth a visit, it was built in 1804 as a tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Three days around the IJsselmeer

Three days around the IJsselmeer


Eersel / TerSpegelt - Postel - TerSpegelt

This 26 km cycle route starts at the parking lot of the TerSpegelt nature gate opposite the TerSpegelt recreation park in Eersel. Welcome to the Kempen is at the parking lot. You first follow a cycle path, through the woods, along the Postelseweg towards Belgium. You cycle through to the Belgian border, at Herberg in het Wilde Zwijn. Here you turn left into the Grensweg in the direction of the Pielis and you will pass a Dodendraad line-up. The dead wire was an electrical barrier on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands during World War I. Here you follow a cycle path along a sandy path, behind Camping het Ven and along the golf course of Steenhoven Country Club.

You cycle past Postel Abbey and you follow the Reuselseweg towards Reusel. On the corner of the Goorstraat / Bergeyksedijk is a World War II monument, where a RAF Lancaster has crashed.

GPX / GPS: TerSpegelt_Postel_TerSpegelt.gpx

Eersel / TerSpegelt - Postel - TerSpegelt

Eersel / TerSpegelt - Postel - TerSpegelt


Bicycle story

It is early in the morning and the alarm clock rings. It is still dark and you think, already ... You still get out of bed, even though you don't feel like it. While you grab your bike gear you get more and more sense. If you click the buckle of your bike helmet you feel a little rush. It is still dark when you start cycling and it is cold too. When you are cycling for ten minutes you no longer feel the cold. The sun rises a bit and you enjoy the sunrise in the early morning. You get a smile on your face while you enjoy the bike ride. Vive le velo !!


RAVeL Hoegaarden - Namen - Heer-Agimont

RAVeL Hoegaarden - Namen - Heer-Agimont Belgium One of the nicest bike rides is from Hoegaarden to Namur. You cycle 40 km over the old railway bed and you climb evenly over the RAVeL to Namur. You will pass through Geldenaken, in French Jodoigne, where you will find the French / Dutch language border. At Namur you can follow the RAVeL along the Maas to the French border, at Heer-Agimont. This is a bike ride of 44 km and you will visit Dinant, among others. If you make a detour you can spend the night in a real castle from 1884, Château de la Poste in Maillen.

The total distance from Hoegaarden to Heer-Agimont is 84 km. The RAVeL continues to Mariembourg, from Heer-Agimont this is a distance of 25 km. If you continue to follow the Maas, you will cross the border at Givet to France. In France you can follow the voies vertes from Givet to Charleville-Mézières. The total distance along the Maas from Heer-Agimont to Charleville-Mézières is 78 km.
RAVeL is short for Réseau Autonome des Voies Lente, this is an autonomous network for slow traffic.

RAVeL Hoegaarden - Namen - Heer-Agimont Belgium

RAVeL Hoegaarden - Namen - Heer-Agimont Belgium


Choose your bike

Mountainbike

ATB route An all Terrain Bike or Mountainbike is built to bike off road. The thick tires provide grip and comfort and the suspension absorbs the blows of the holes in the path. A hardtail MTB has suspension at the front of the bike and a fully has suspension at the front and rear. The hydraulic brakes provide the necessary braking force. The wheels are 27.5 or 29 inches, so the MTB rolls over everything. The MTB with 26 inch wheels is therefore a thing of the past. A MTB route can be recognized by a colon with an arrow.

MTB route in the forest

MTB route in the forest

Road bike

A racing bike can be recognized by its handlebar and is used to cycle on the road. While cycling you can place your hands loosely on top of the handlebar or on the brake levers. You are then relatively upright. In case of a headwind, or if you want to cycle a little harder, place your hands under the bracket. You are then completely bent over. You usually need some training to keep it going for longer. The brake levers are attached to the handlebar and the gearshift mechanism contains these gears. Most racing bikes have 22 gears as standard: two sprockets in the front and 11 sprockets in the rear. The wheels are 28 inches and the tires are narrow and smooth, so the rolling resistance is minimal.

Steering wheel handlebar of a racing bike

Steering wheel handlebar of a racing bike

Touring Bike - Traveling Bike - Trekking Bike

A more sporty ordinary bike with mudguards, luggage rack and light. Suitable for bridging longer distances in a relaxed way. The ideal bicycle for commuting to work and for vacations. A bicycle bag can be hung on the luggage carrier, so that things can be taken along.

Touring Bike

Touring Bike


International Cycling Union (UCI)

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people. As a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as a means of transport and also just for fun. There are five continental confederations that are members of the International Cycling Union. The continental confederation represents the national cycling unions of the continent in question.
🚲 Confédération Africaine de Cyclisme (CAC)
🚲 Asian Cycling Confederation (AAC)
🚲 Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC)
🚲 Confederación Panamericana de Ciclismo
🚲 Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC)


Monuments

An important one-day cycling race is also called a classic race or classic. Usually these are races with a rich cycling history. The five most important classics are called monuments because of their age, prestige or height.
🚲 Milan - San Remo
La Primavera or spring
🚲 Tour of Flanders
De Ronde - Vlaanders mooiste - De Hoogmis
🚲 Paris - Roubaix
The Hell of the north - l'Enfer du Nord
🚲 Liège - Bastogne - Liège
LBL - La Doyenne of ouderdomsdeken
🚲 Tour of Lombardy
La corsa delle foglie morte
The course of the falling leaves - Herfstklassieker


Bicycle route network

A network of cycle routes exists in several European countries. You can make a longer bike ride by using existing bike routes. EuroVelo is a network of 15 long distance cycle routes connecting and uniting the whole European continent. You can plan a cycling route in Europe via the website of the Fietsrouteplanner. In Belgium and the Netherlands you also have a cycling network. You make your own cycle route from one node Bicycle route network to cycle to the other node via the different cycle route numbers. There are several websites where you can put together such a junction route. For Belgium you can use Fietsnet and for the Netherlands Fietsroutenetwerk.

On the website of the stichting landelijk fietsplatform you will find junction routes, but also long-distance bicycle routes (LF) in the Netherlands. You can find the cycle route network of England on the website of Sustrans, Sustainable Transport Charity. You can also plan a cycle tour in the UK via CycleStreets.


Bicycle translated

The word bike translated into different languages.

Bosnian: bicikl

Italian: bicicletta

Croatian: bicikl

Luxembourgs: vëlo

Czech: kolo

Maltese: roti

Danish: cykel

Norwegian: sykkel

Dutch: fiets

Polish: rower

English: bike/bicycle

Slovenian: kolesa

Esperanto: biciklo

Slovak: kolo

French: vélo

Spanish: bicicleta

Frisian: fyts

Swedish: cykel

German: fahrrad

Turkish: bisiklet

Hungarian: bicikli

Uzbek: velosiped

Irish: rothar

Welsh: beic


Randonneur

The randonneur just keeps on cycling without getting tired. The cyclist enjoys every kilometer he travels or, on the contrary, enjoys the pain. Who will know ? A long-distance cyclist who has completed a long distances event of 200 km or more is called a randonneur. A cycling event in which the randonneur participates is known as a randonnée or brevet. Referring to the card the randonneur receives, if he completes the ride. A brevet is organized by an audax or randonneurs club. The most famous event for randonneurs, Paris-Brest-Paris, is organized by the Audax club Parisien. Audax is derived from the French word 'audacieux', that means bold.

Brevet

Country

1001 Miglia Italia

Italy - 1684 km

London Edinburgh London

England - 1400 km

Madrid-Gijon-Madrid

Spain - 1200 km

Maraton Rowerowy D. Polski

Poland - 3130 km

Paris-Brest-Paris

France - 1200 km

Super Brevet Scandinavia

Scandinavia - 1200 km

Vologda - Onego - Ladoga

Russia - 1200 km

Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland - 2100 km

kilometers

kilometers


Sport Bike Brands

There are many different sport bike brands with bikes in all shapes and sizes. Sporty bikes with an aluminum, carbon, titanium or steel frame, assembled with Campagnolo, Shimano or SRAM parts.
On the cycling about website you will find a complete overview of touring bikes. Road Bike Rider has an A to Z of all sport cycling brands.