The Routes

The organisers have gone above and beyond to make the route of the fourth 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. A novity is the theme of the world championships which we have adopted for this year’s Eroica Limburg. Limburg having hosted the Worlds a record breaking 6 times is the place to pay tribute to these championships. The routes will bring a tribute to the rich Worlds heritage in Limburg.
 
Another novity. The 2019 edition of Eroica Limburg will have four routes, which are respectively 35, 65, 125 and 200 kilometers long. The start of all routes will take place at Coffee and wine bar Cup & Vino. All routes will explicitly cross borders, extending all the way into Germany and Belgian Limburg.
 
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Friday 17h – 21h
Saturday 6.30h – 10h

The family ride (35 Km)

A great route for families or for those bikers who are new to the world of Eroica. With 35 kilometers and 336 height meters, this route is very accessible in length and climbing meters. The 35 km route starts at Cup & Vino in the center of Valkenburg. After having enjoyed a great cup of Illy espresso you will make way to the village of Klimmen. After 10 kilometers the first food stop will take place at the Cortenbach estate in Voerendaal. After having indulged yourself with the tastefull asparagus dishes and wine of the own vineyard you will set course for Ubachsberg. You will pass the windmill of Vrouwenheide on your left-hand side as you make way towards Elkenrade. Via Wijlre you will reach the village of Gulpen where the second food stop is foreseen at the “Leeuw van Vlaanderen” (Lion of Flanders). After the stop the climb to Ingber awaits you. You will stay on the plateau till you reach the nature reserve of Gerendal. You will enter Oud Valkenburg and cross the famous Luciano Berruti bridge at the Schaloen castle before you cross the finish line in Valkenburg.
Start: 9:30-10:30

“WORLDS” ROUTE (65KM)

The Second of the four Eroica Limburg routes starts at Cup & Vino in the center of Valkenburg. After the start and a good cup of Illy Espresso the riders will be surprised with a unique tour through the caves of Valkenburg. After this special experience the famous Cauberg hill awaits. This hill has been part of many world championships and Amstel Gold Races throughout history. From now you will follow the route of the Worlds of 2012. Behind Bemelen, just before you enter Maastricht, you will turn right in the direction of Berg en Terblijt. The climb of the Schansweg will lead you to the descent of the Geulhemmerberg. This descent is famous for the World championships back in 1948 when “Flandrien” Briek Schotte became world champion. At the Belgium Cycling House a food stop awaits you with fresh fruit and fruit drinks from the Limburg fruit region. If you already fancy a beer why not try a tasting of the Super 8 special beer by Primus Haacht. Don’t drink too much, there are a lot of climbing meters still to be over won. Via Houthem-St. Gerlach we cross through the new municipality of Beekdaelen. After 32 kilometers we reach Klimmen. The second food stop at the Cortenbach estate is in reach. After having indulged yourself with the tasteful asparagus dishes and wine of the own vineyard you will set course for Ubachsberg. At kilometer 45 the small village of Simpelveld appears at the horizon. Simpelveld is well known for the several monasteries and the historic steam train museum (ZLSM). We cross the railway line at the station of Simpelveld where a service station is located if you have any problems with your bike. Here you can also tank some energy with the so called “Spatzen” a small cake with lots of energy packed in it. If you would like to try the Super 8 special beer of Primus Haacht, it’s there for you to taste. After the stop at the train station you will follow the route on the old Roman roads towards Bocholtz and Eys. The beautiful and long climb of the Eyserweg will bring you to the hamlet of Trintelen. Via Wijlre you will reach the village of Gulpen where the fourth food stop is foreseen at the “Leeuw van Vlaanderen” (Lion of Flanders). After the stop the climb to Ingber awaits you. You will stay on the plateau till you reach the nature reserve of Gerendal. You will enter Oud Valkenburg and cross the famous Luciano Berruti bridge at the Schaloen castle before you cross the finish line in Valkenburg.
Start: from 9h – 10h

LIMBURG ROUTE (125KM)

The “Limburg route” counts 125 kilometers of roads through the beautiful landscape of Southern-Limburg. After the start in Valkenburg you will pass through the ancient caves of Valkenburg. Don’t forget to bring your headlamp. After the caves the famous Cauberg hill awaits. This hill has been part of many world championships and Amstel Gold Races throughout history. After you have regained your breath you will drive through the fruit region of Eijsden-Margraten. The first food stop on this route awaits you in the border village of Eijsden. The village café “De Greune Mert” (The green market) is the resting place for many cyclists on their weekly tour. Coffee, thee and the local Limburgse vlaai (pie) will be served here. Via Gronsveld and the outskirts of Maastricht we will follow a part of the 2012 Worlds route. The climb of the Schansweg will bring you to Berg en Terblijt and the descent of the Geulhemmerberg. In the hamlet of Geulhem, Emiel the owner of the Belgian Cycling House awaits you with his tools and endless knowledge of bike repairing. Perhaps if you ask him, he also will play a tune on his accordion. Fresh fruit and fruit drinks from the Limburg fruit region will be served. If you already fancy a beer, why not try a tasting of the Super 8 special beer by Primus Haacht. Don’t drink too much, there are a lot of climbing meters still to be conquered. Via Houthem-St. Gerlach we cross through the new municipality of Beekdaelen. After 76 kilometers we reach Klimmen. The third food stop at the Cortenbach estate is in reach. After having indulged yourself with the tasteful asparagus dishes and wine of the estate’s vineyard you will set course for Ubachsberg. At kilometer 92 the small village of Simpelveld appears at the horizon. Simpelveld is well known for the several monasteries and the historic steam train museum (ZLSM). We cross the railway line at the station of Simpelveld where a service point is located. If you have any problems with your bike Lars Toma of Toma cycles will help you again on your way. At the station you can also tank some energy with the so called “Spatzen” a small cake packed with lots of energy. If you would like to try the Super 8 special beer of Primus Haacht, it’s there also for you to taste. After the stop at the train station you will follow the route on the old Roman roads towards Bocholtz and Eys. The beautiful and long climb of the Eyserweg will bring you to the hamlet of Trintelen. Via Wijlre you will reach the village of Gulpen where the fourth food stop is foreseen at the “Leeuw van Vlaanderen” (Lion of Flanders). After the stop the climb to Ingber awaits you. You will stay on the plateau till you reach the nature reserve of Gerendal. You will enter Oud Valkenburg and cross the famous Luciano Berruti bridge at the Schaloen castle before you reach the finish line in Valkenburg.
Start: from 8h – 9h

HEROES ROUTE (200KM)

The longest and toughest route of Eroica Limburg is the 200 kilometer route which starts at 6.00h in Valkenburg. This the ultimate Eroica experience which Limburg has to offer. All highlights of the cross border region are packed in this breathtaking route. The 200 kilometer route follows the “worlds route” for the first 60 kilometer. Hereafter the route will bring you to the villages of Meerssen, Ulestraten and Groot Haasdal. After 91 kilometers we reach Klimmen. The third food stop at the Cortenbach estate is imminent (you have already passed by then the food stops at Eijsden and Geulhem. Yvette and her family have prepared for you some amazing asparagus dishes at the estate. Indulge yourself with the estates wine and soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful surroundings of Cortenbach. After the stop you will make your way towards the “land of limestone” near Voerendaal. At kilometer 92 the small village of Simpelveld appears at the horizon. Simpelveld is well known for the several monasteries and the historic steam train museum (ZLSM). We cross the railway line at the station of Simpelveld where a service point is located. If you have any problems with your bike Lars Toma of Toma cycles will help you again on your way. At the station you can also tank some energy with the so called “Spatzen” a small cake packed with lots of energy. If you would like to try the Super 8 special beer of Primus Haacht, it’s there also for you to taste. After the stop at the train station you will follow the route on the old Roman roads towards Bocholtz. Near this small border town you will pass remnants of the Second World War. The famous Siegfriedline needs to be conquered as we cross into Germany. We will remain on German soil for the next 10 kilometers as we reach the famous Drielandenpunt (three country point). Or was it a four-country point? The question will be: how many times did you pass the border today. The answer to that question will even be a tricky one for locals. After a short visit to the French part of Belgium we set course towards Vijlen, Mechelen and Slenaken. The heart of the Limburg “Heuvelland” (Hillside) famous for the many short climbs and descents of the Amstel Gold Race. In Slenaken the fifth stop awaits you. At the ‘Berg en Dal’ hotel a small stop will be established with water and bananas for the final drive towards the final of the heroes ride. Via Gulpen you will set course towards Wahlwiller where the famous Kruisberg is waiting for you. In Eys, after 177 kilometers, you will join the participants of the 125 kilometer route. The beautiful and long climb of the Eyserweg will bring you to the hamlet of Trintelen. Via Wijlre you will reach the village of Gulpen where the sixth and final food stop is foreseen at the “Leeuw van Vlaanderen” (Lion of Flanders). At this stop local dishes will be served. Why not try a Super 8 special beer from the Primus Haacht brewery. You have deserved it as the finish line is almost in hands reach. After the stop the climb to Ingber awaits you. You will stay on the plateau till you reach the nature reserve of Gerendal. You will enter Oud Valkenburg and cross the famous Luciano Berruti bridge at the Schaloen castle before you reach the finish line in Valkenburg.
Start: from 7h

     
       

               
               

               





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