Collect your startdocuments at, Dersaborgpark, Valkenburg:
Friday 5.00 - 9.00 PM - Saturday 6.30 - 10.00 AM
The shortest route, of the three Eroica routes, is perhaps the route with the most historic stories. This route takes us back into Roman times, we will have a rest stop at a medieval farm, we will cross the famous Siegfried line and we will have a beer at the oldest brewery of the Netherlands in Wijlre.Ingredients for a great amount of storytelling for those riders that are fond of history and cycling.
The 60-kilometre route, just as all other routes, starts in Valkenburg. The pack will then set course for the Cortenbach estate where the first rest stop is located. At the estate the best asparagus of the Netherlands will be served accompanied by their estate white wine. After these amazing refreshments at Cortenbach we will make way for Ubachsberg, the land of limestones, where the riders will experience some first more serious climbs.
After 20 kilometres and a great descent the small town of Simpelveld appears before the wheels of the riders. This town is famous for its monasteries and historic steam train museum. We will pass the historic station where you may also catch the operational steam train towards Kerkrade. After we have passed the station we will drive towards Bocholtz with its Roman past.
Don’t forget to bring your passports with you as we will cross the Siegfriedline, the border crossing near Aachen. These remnants of WW2 remind us of a less fortunate time in European history. After a scenic climb and descent of the “Snakeroad” near Vetschau, we drive towards Vaals and the famous climb of the Three country point.
The descent into Plombieres takes us into Belgium. The third country that we will pass during this Eroica Limburg. We won’t stay long in Belgium as we head for the towns of Vijlen and Mechelen. We have found some great gravel roads that will bring us to Gulpen and eventually drop us at the Brand Beer brewery in Wijlre. Following a nice pint and some handmade sandwiches, the riders will climb a few challenging but very beautiful hills on their way to the castle of Schaloen and the famous “Luciano Berruti” bridge. Now it’s only a couple of miles to the finish line in Valkenburg.
The “Belgian Limburg” route counts 100 kilometres of some of the most scenic roads in the provinces of Limburg. As you may know, we have two provinces of Limburg. One in Belgium and the other one in the Netherlands. Through a great cooperation of both provinces we can offer the riders of the 100-kilometre route the best of both worlds. After the start In Valkenburg we will head immediately for the famous caves of the medieval town. Please bring your headlamps! This is a one in a kind experience. After the passage through the caves the most famous hill in the Netherlands, The Cauberg, appears in front of you. Numerous world championships and Amstel Gold Races have been decided here. After you have regained your breath, we will head for the beautiful region of Eijsden-Margraten, which is home to many fruit growers. We will pass the American War cemetery of Margraten where we will bring an impressive salute to these heroes, our liberators, who fell in combat during World War II. The first food stop will be located at the idyllic village of Eijsden. Near the famous restaurant 'Aon t Bat' a rest stop will be organised in cooperation with the people from 'Met Fruit Erop Uit' (fruit sector). After some 30 kilometres, the 100-kilometre route will enter Belgium. A special means of transport will take cyclists across the River Meuse and drop them off on an actual isle, right between the Netherlands and Belgium, after which participants will continue down Belgian roads towards their second rest stop at De Waterburcht in Millen (Riemst). This historical site, which boasts a beautiful outdoor seating area in a courtyard, will treat participants to a veritable exhibition of old cycling costumes. Cyclists will return to Dutch Limburg via the notorious Hallembaye hill and will get back to Valkenburg via the course of the Amstel Gold Race. Needless to say, the Eroica ‘heroes’ will pass the iconic Belgisch Rijwielhuis (Belgian Bicycle House) in Geulhem (this is true for the 100 and 160 kilometres routes). At Emiel you will perhaps find that missing detail of your bike as he has one of the oldest bike shops in Limburg. Participants may convince Emiel, the owner of the bike shop, to play his accordion for them. Who will be the first to ask him?
START: 8.00 - 9.00 AM
This is the ultimate Eroica experience that Limburg has on offer. Some of the best tourist attractions of the Limburg border area are included in this route – many highlights of the border area united in one single 160km pedal-pushing experience. Brace yourself, because this is a ride for real ‘heroes’. After the start in Valkenburg, and in addition to all the attractions outlined above, this route includes several wonderfully scenic miles in the Belgian part of Limburg (see the 100-kilometre route). Following one of the many border crossings, cyclists will pass through hilly scenery and then through the ‘Land of Limestone’, to make a pit stop at the Cortenbach estate, which constitutes the final food break (only in the 60km and 160km routes). After we have indulged ourselves with some great local dishes at Cortenbach, including those famous asparagus, we will cycle through many of Limburg’s small villages, towards Simpelveld and Bocholtz where we will pay a visit to its Roman past and operational steam train museum. Near Bocholtz we will cross the border -at the famous Siegfriedlinie - once again. Now we have entered Germany. We will remain on German roads for almost 10 kilometres before we head for the three-country point, or was it a four-country point? A trick question will be how many borders did you actually cross today…….? The answer will be even a hard one for the locals. After a short passing through French speaking Belgium we head towards the villages of Vijlen, Mechelen and Gulpen. Where we have found some great gravel sections.
Hard work makes people thirsty, but not to worry – we have you covered in this respect! Participants in the 60km and 160km routes will be granted the opportunity to quench their thirst at the Brand beer brewery in Wijlre, where “the beer Limburg is proud of” will be waiting for you. Make sure you do not overindulge, because after the brewery comes the Dead Man’s Hill. Don’t say we didn’t warn you... We will return to the finish line in the great cycling town of Valkenburg via the moat of the impressive Schaloen Castle and the famous “Luciano Berruti” bridge.