The Routes

The organizers of Eroica Limburg have gone above and beyond to make the route of the third edition of Eroica Limburg even more beautiful and surprising. The Limburg region with its hills, plateaus, meandering River Meuse and plethora of castles, caves and historical sites is the perfect setting for Eroica, the world’s greatest retro cycling event. It will therefore come as no surprise that all these elements will play a part in this year’s routes. The 2018 edition of Eroica Limburg will have three routes, which are 60, 100 and 160 kilometers long.
The start of Eroica Limburg is in the old city centre of Valkenburg near the coffee and wine bar Cup & Vino. All routes cross borders into Belgium and Germany.


Collect your startdocuments at, Dersaborgpark, Valkenburg:
Friday 5.00 - 9.00 PM - Saturday 6.30 - 10.00 AM
 

Crossborder history route (60 kilometer)

The shortest route, of the three Eroica routes, is perhaps the route with the most historic importance. 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-kilometer 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. After some amazing refreshments at Cortenbach we will make way for Ubachsberg, the land of limestones.
After 20 kilometers 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. After the brewery 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.
Start: 9.00h - 10:00h

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Meuse river route (100 kilometer)

The “Meuse river” route counts 100 kilometres of some of the most scenic roads in the provinces of Limburg. 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. 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. 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 a long the Meuse river towards the famous World War Two fortress Eben Emael. After crossing the Meuse several times. Cyclists will return to Dutch Limburg 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? After this reststop we will head fort he famous hills of Limburg towards Voerendaal and Wijlre. Where some amazing foodstops are waiting for you. A great route for the true connaisseurs amongst you.
Start: 8.00h - 9.00h

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Hero ride (160 kilometer)

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 along the Meuse river (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. 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, 100km 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.
Start: 7.00h - 8.00h

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