Have you what it takes to be a real Flandrien? Try out our specific cycle racing tours and see for yourself. Or create your own personal route.

Routes in East-Flanders

Cycling on cobbles in Flanders - ©Steven Ledoux

Tour of Flanders cycling routes

Want to test if you have what it takes to be a die-hard cyclist or interested in exploring the Tour route? The Tour of Flanders Route will take you on a tour of the most legendary hills and cobbled sections. Tourism East-Flanders has combined three cycling loops in one unique Tour of Flanders map, with loads of information, facts and statistics about the route of the Tour.

Couple cycling on the Koppenberg - ©Steven Ledoux

Bergs and cobbles

Meet 'Bergs and Cobbles', a tourist guide, full of practical information with four varied routes in the Flemish Ardennes. This guide is specifically designed for four different types of cyclists: the athlete, the gourmand, the culture lover and Tourfanatic. The routes range from 42 to 181 kilometers. Not coincidentally was the longest route named the 'Spartacus Route', a loop with 8 cobbles, 18 slopes and 2029 meters of climbing. The numbers on the cycling network of the 4 routes are included on a sticker, so you don't have to take the pocket with you on your trip. Apart from new cycling routes, the pocket also provides a complete overview of bicycle-friendly accommodation, cycling cafés and sporting events in the Flemish Ardennes.

On the wheel of Lucien Van Impe

The summer of ’76 was Lucien Van Impe’s summer. That year, cycling-mad Flanders was absolutely rapturous when Lucien Van Impe won the Tour de France. Find out why Lucien loves the region around Aalst so much and follow this cycling legend for 35 km. See where he trains and discover his favourite spots en route. And don’t forget to drink a Saison de Lucien beer.

Explore the Flemish Ardennes

Other loop routes

In addition to the above routes, Tourism East-Flanders also has a number of brochures available on both pro and recreational cycling in the Flemish Ardennes. All routes in these brochures are loop routes. Some follow the cycling network, others deviate from it but they are all marked with the rectangular green and white signs of the cycling network, hexagonal red and white signs or the rectangular Tour of Flanders route markers. For more information, visit the tourist office at any major town or city in East-Flanders.

Create your own route

It’s best to choose a route that’s suited to you before you leave. You can always make your own route via Tourism East-Flanders (only available in Dutch). You will find all the numbered junction points of the East-Flanders cycling network online here. Simply click your choice of junction points and create your own loop. You can print your route afterwards, either as a map, or as a list of junction point numbers.

Routes in West-Flanders

Cycling in Heuvelland - Kemmelberg

Hellingenroute Heuvelland

(only in Dutch)

You can choose between three routes. The longest one tackles 40 hills (the Kemmelberg is the most famous one), over a total distance of 116 kms and makes you climb 1498 m.

West-Vlaamse Bergenroute

Cyclists will puff and pant their way up Heuvelland’s ancient chain of hills, which have played such a prominent role in the region’s history and still dominate its landscape. In addition to the famous Kemmelberg (Kemmel Hill) and Rodeberg (Red Hill), the route also takes in Mesen (Messines), a small town situated right on the Belgian language frontier (with French-speaking Wallonia), as well as the Palingbeek provincial domain.

Freddy Maertens route

Freddy Maertens is a former cyclist who became world champion in 1976 and 1981, won the green jersey in the Tour de France 3 times and won 28 stages in the Tour and Vuelta. More than enough reasons to name this cycling route after him. The 42 km long route takes you along the coastline and the quiet landscapes behind it.

Michel Pollentier route

Michel Pollentier is a former professional rider. Among the highlights of his career where his overall win in the 1977 Giro d’Italia and his win in the 1980s edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The 62 km route starts in his birth town Diksmuide and takes you to the coast.

Routes in Flemish Brabant and Brussels

Exploring Hageland by bike

On the wheel of Eddy Merckx

Would you like to try for yourself how our cycling heroes prepare for races in their own area? If so, you can do it on the three circular cycling routes marked out for this purpose. Armed with a cycling map you can start and stop wherever you like at the information panels along the route. You can also take the digital option using your smartphone. Just scan the panels along the way and we will immerse you in the experience.

The Hageland Eddy Merckx loop

(only availble in Dutch) 

Starts from Boerenhof cycling café near the church in Meensel (Binkomstraat 12, 3391 Meensel-Kiezegem) and takes you along the same roads where a young Eddy Merckx trained for the first time. This 30 km recreational route follows the nodes of the Flemish Brabant cycle network. This 70 km sporty route has its own signposts. Be prepared for a few challenging slopes. We think a break now and then will be more than welcome, especially if you can see some amazing sights along the way.

Sven Nys Cycling Route

(only availble in Dutch) 

The Hageland hills, which are lined with rows and rows of vine sand fruit trees, provide a stunning rural backdrop for your ride. But the steep hills also make for a gruelling trek requiring you to stand up on your pedals. Just ask Sven Nys, who criss-crossed through the Hageland from his Balenberg during his many training sessions. This sporty route starts from the Sven Nys Cycling Center. Sven Nys himself mapped out this 93 kilometer loop, which follows his favourite training route. A challenging ride, with a few beauty spots en route to take a break.

Routes in Antwerp

Cycling De Hoge Mouw - ©Misjel Decleer

On the wheel of Eddy Merckx

Would you like to try for yourself how our cycling heroes prepare for races in their own area? If so, you can do it on the three circular cycling routes marked out for this purpose. Armed with a cycling map you can start and stop wherever you like at the information panels along the route. You can also take the digital option using your smartphone. Just scan the panels along the way and we will immerse you in the experience.


Cyclo cross trail in Lichtaart.

Practice your cyclo cross skills on this 2500m long trail in Lichtaart, near the Floreal Kempen campsite. Open from the first of September to the end of February.

Routes in Limburg

Air view of the Land commandery Alden Biesen

Climbing in the 'Toscane of Limburg'

Gorgeous and tough route from the centre of Borgloon through the rolling countryside of South Limburg with beautiful views. Along the way, you will conquer various climbs. The route uses the cycling network and is suitable for recreational cyclists who like a sporting challenge.

Limburg Cycling Tour

Ride the Tour of Limburg track. Discover and enjoy the stunning scenery with tough slopes and challenging cobbled streets.

1000 m of climbing in South-Limburg

1000 m of climbing through South Limburg? You can! Along the way, you can enjoy the beautiful South Limburg scenery while taming the most challenging slopes in the Tour of Limburg, like the Slingerberg in Kanne or ‘petit L’Alpe-d’Huez’ with its ten serpentines. Start and finish are in the Land Commandery Alden Biesen, one of the largest castle complexes in the Euroregion.

Tongria Classic

You ride along the beautiful castles and rolling countryside of South Limburg and Haspengouw. Enjoy the beautiful vistas and flowering blossoms. On these low-traffic roads you can quietly enjoy a tour around Tongeren and Borgloon.

Route planning tools

Plan je online fietsroute

It’s best to choose a route that’s suited to you before you leave. 

The easiest tool to search for routes (or create your own), is the www.routeyou.com website. You can search routes specifically suited for road racing, with a lot of climbs in them, etc. 

Looking for loop routes created by other cyclists? Than be sure to check www.fietsroute.org. On this website you will find detailed descriptions of bike routes in Flanders, as well as points of interest along routes of other regions. These rides are grouped by city and route. Most of them include a description and a detailed itinerary. Flanders is a bike lover’s dream with hundreds of well signposted cycling routes. The website also enables you to create your own route using the junction points of the Flanders cycling network.

You can also make your own route via www.fietsnet.be (available in Dutch, but easy to use). You will find all the numbered junction points of the Flanders cycling network online here. Simply click your choice of junction points and create your own loop. You can print your route afterwards, just write down the numbers or export it to your GPS. Easy as that!

And then there’s also the FietsKompas app (in Dutch), which enables you to create your route using the junction points of the Flanders cycling network. The app then functions as a GPS device and also has voice instructions. Also nice: the possibility to find bike friendly pubs along your route. Available for iPhone and soon also for Android.

Of course, also www.strava.com can help you out with routes.

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