Ready to discover our hills & bergs?
Our backyard is called quite 'geaccidenteerd' by Belgian cyclists. What they actually mean are the many hills & bergs covering a great part of Belgian Limburg, Dutch Limburg, the Ardennes and Hesbaye. You will cycle all the big climbing monuments during your 10 day trip. Starting with the Amstel Gold, won by Mathieu van der Poel in 2018, you will conquer the Cauberg and the very steep Keutenberg in Dutch Limburg. Further on during this week you get acquainted with the Flèche Wallonne finale and climb the famous Mur de Huy. Liège - Bastogne - Liège will end this climbing week with a bang thanks to La Redoute and (Italian street) Saint-Nicolas downtown Liège. The côtes in Belgium and the hills in Dutch Limburg won’t have many secrets for you anymore after these 10 days.
The Full Itinerary
On day one you’ll be travelling from the airport of your choice to Kerniel (Borgloon) in Limburg. Arriving here, you will have the opportunity to freshen up and have a quick bite before your first cycling kilometres in the region. Your bike will be prepared by us making sure you’re ready for a quick spin around Haspengouw (the Tuscany of Belgium). After a shower we will head off for a welcome drink before dinner.
On day two you will start off with an early gourmet breakfast at Café Coureur. After this ‘Belgian style breakfast’ we will roll out towards Maastricht for the start of The Amstel Gold Race. You’ll watch the team presentation and can taste the difference between Belgian (Cristal) and Dutch beer (Amstel). From Maastricht, it’s straight forward towards Valkenburg for the first passage on the Cauberg. Further on after a light lunch we’ll see the peloton passing by at the Camerig, Eyserweg, Bemelerberg, Keutenberg and finally at the finish.
After another solid breakfast, you can set off for a Café Coureur favourite ‘parcours’. Heading out in Haspengouw for some easy climbing in the region. You’ll get to know well known climbs like Hallembaye, Slingerberg en Muizenberg (Kanne). If you’re lucky you can meet Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin somewhere along the way as this is his training ground. After the Muizenberg it’s time to head back and ride home via one last gentle climb to your new ‘cycling home’.
Tomorrow the 84th edition of ‘La Flèche Walonne’ will be ridden so today it’s up to you to climb one of the hardest hills in Belgium, Le Mur de Huy (The Wall of Huy). Actually, it’s the Chemin des Chapelles between the N66 and the church Notre-Dame de la Sarte that is called ‘De Muur’ in Flemish. It’s 1,3km long with an average of 9,8% and a peek of 19%. An ideal way to feel what the peloton has to cross several times during this classic. Start at Café Coureur as it’s only about 40 km to the foot of Le Mur.
Breakfast and a small ride to get those legs loose from yesterday’s effort. Then it’s time for a light lunch and off to see the finale of the 84th edition of the Flèche Wallon. You can compare your own performance with what the pro’s make of it today.
A day to remember… The day you’ll be riding the finale of Paris-Roubaix. 14 Secteurs pavé starting from the forêt de Wallers-Arenberg (Wallers) to Le Carrefour de l’Arbre and a final lap on the Velodrome de Roubaix. Wind, dust (or mud) and cobbles. This is how brutal cycling can be. Welcome to The Hell of the North!
Breakfast, and back on the bike for a small trip before getting to know some local culture. With the oldest city in Belgium (Tongeren) nearby and shopping spots like Maastricht and Hasselt there’s plenty of choice to spend a nice long afternoon. Visiting a brewery or a coffee-roasting factory (Monx) is also an option. You name it, we got it.
A day in the saddle to discover the Ardennes by riding the finale of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. First run in 1892, it is the oldest of the five Monuments of the European professional road cycling calendar, usually coming as the last of the spring classics. The most successful rider with five victories is Belgian rider Eddy Merckx and that probably says it all. Liège–Bastogne–Liège is considered one of the most arduous one-day races in the world because of its length and succession of steep climbs. You start in Aywaille for 121km with 3404m of climbing. Be prepared to attack the Col de Rosier, Col de Stockeu (Eddy’s favourite!), côte de Wanne and the côte de la Redoute amongst others. This is where heroes are made!
A special day… Yes, another one. Today you’ll get a full VIP treatment at the Liège - Bastogne - Liège classic. You get an early breakfast and transport to Liège where you’ll see the team presentation and start of the race. After a light lunch you’ll get to see the riders passing by at several famous hills. You’ll be in the middle of the race and at the Boulevard d’ Avroy to see the sprint for glory. A day to remember!
Time to say goodbye after breakfast and get you back to catch your flight home. Of course, there’s also the possibility to do a last spin around Café Coureur if you have an afternoon transfer.