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 Rijckholt castle. The owners of the castle will surprise you with local delicacies. 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 - 9.30 AM