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Ride through the Belgian Tuscany – cycling Tours Hageland

Geert Schneider

Ride through the Belgian Tuscany – cycling Tours Hageland

Bike Touring Collection by Jesko

12

Tours

36:03 h

372 mi

8,600 ft

Gentle hills, romantic paths, magnificent vineyards and many picturesque, historic villages – Hageland’s beautiful landscapes in the heart of Belgium are often compared to Tuscany in Italy. The Flemish Brabant province offers a unique and extensive network of cycling routes that explore this beautiful region. Many paths follow a specific theme and connect wonderful sights. They combine Belgian hospitality with low-traffic paths and roads, which means you can cycle in peace, enjoying Hageland specialities in inns and cafés along the way.

The routes are mostly well-paved, but some of them have short, gravel sections. The rougher parts are easy enough to ride, even on relatively thin tyres. A classic touring bike, a gravel bike or a road bike are all suitable for this adventure, depending on how ‘sporty’ you’d like to be. You can check out the amount of gravel in each respective Tour in the ‘road surfaces’ section below the elevation profile in the komoot app.

As you cycle through the Hageland, you follow the footsteps of two of Belgium’s cycling legends who are closely connected to the region. Eddy Merckx was born here and Sven Nys lives and trains in the area. Sven runs a cycling centre on the Balenberg. You may even meet him on one of his training laps. Cycling is very important in Hageland and many young talents and touring cyclists flock here. The bike paths along the Demer can get really crowded on a nice Sunday. The café terraces get busy too – enjoyment is key here.

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    Intermediate
    02:32
    26.1 mi
    10.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Reynvaert route starts in Diest at the Domein Halve Maan. After a few minutes you will reach the Lindenmolen, a wooden windmill from the 18th century that has had to change location twice in its literally eventful history. From 1742 until the end of the 19th century she was in work on Doodsberg, after which she moved to Assent. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    29.0 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Wijnlandschappen route starts at Kasteel van Horst, a beautiful moated castle at the gates of Sint-Pieters-Rode. There is a small parking lot right at the start where you can park your car. As the name of the tour suggests, it takes you through the wine-growing region of the Hageland. There are no long climbs here, but thanks to the …

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    20.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As is so often the case in Hageland, it goes gently up and down the hills. They are even part of the name on this route. It starts at Lubbeek. The first few kilometers you will be led in a large arc on narrow, low-traffic streets around the village. The route avoids the larger towns and impresses with beautiful paths through the wonderful nature. You cycle carefree between fields, forests and extensive orchards.

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  • Easy
    01:56
    21.0 mi
    10.9 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route is almost completely flat and is therefore also ideal for untrained cyclists. There are no major difficulties between Aarschot and Tremelo, but all the more sights. In the Sven Nys Cycling Center on Balenberg, not only do the cross-country cyclists of tomorrow train, you can also make excellent stops. Cyclocross legend Sven Nys is not only one of the most popular athletes in Belgium, but also head of the world-class Baloise Trek Lions team and a gifted host.

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    30.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Between the Hageland and Kempen you cycle through wonderfully untouched natural landscapes, extensive forests and fertile fields. The Kempenland, bordering Hageland, captivates with its forest and heathland landscapes on sandy ground and thus forms a contrast to the green, blooming and fertile Hageland. This tour combines both and offers you a wide variety of impressions.If 50 kilometers seem too …

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    45.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There are many breweries in Flanders. With one or the other beer the question always arises as to who actually invented the drink. Well, it always depends who you ask. As you can imagine, over the centuries many people have made this invention their own. At least in Europe you come across the legendary figure of "Gambrinus" again and again. …

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  • Intermediate
    01:26
    14.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route is all about the fruit trees that shape the landscape of the Hageland. You cycle past orchards and come across four different works of art, each of which deals with the topic of fruit growing in their own way. At the Vanhellemont fruit farm you can take a break and take a look behind the scenes. Apples and …

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    33.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Demer rises near Tongeren and flows into the Dijle in Werchter. Its curving river course is an important lifeline of the Hageland and is extremely popular with local cyclists for relaxed tours away from the traffic. There are cycle paths on both sides, partly paved and partly gravel. Most of the route runs through the countryside and off-road. Incidentally, these trails are also known among cyclists as part of the one-day race Dwars door het Hageland.

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    35.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hagelandse Streekroute runs east of Leuven. It is consistently slightly hilly, which means you can enjoy unique views over the landscape. Since you will pass the Löwen train station after ten kilometers, it makes sense to start right there. After the tour you can take a short detour to the old town of Löwen, which is really well worth …

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  • Difficult
    06:05
    63.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Abdijenroute is all about the magnificent abbeys that you can find in Hageland. Over a distance of more than 100 kilometers, the tour connects the two Premonstratensian abbeys of Averbode and Tongerlo. There is also a third abbey to discover, namely in Heverlee near Leuven. The Scherpenheuvel basilica is also on the way. You don't have to be a …

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    22.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    350 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Balenberg is just 45 meters high, and yet it enjoys an almost legendary reputation among cyclists. This may be mainly due to Sven Nys, who runs his popular cycling center here. A famous cyclocross race takes place here at New Year. On the slopes of the Balenberg, Nys created a network of various training routes. These routes can be …

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    28.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The focus of this tour is water in all its forms: you will discover the courses of the Demer and Dijle rivers, but also smaller rivers such as the Laak. You also pass the quarry pond near Rotselaar. On warm days you can take a refreshing bath here or watch the surfers on the water. Except for two rather harmless, …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    372 mi
  • Duration
    36:03 h
  • Elevation
    8,600 ft

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