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Crossing Belgium on the language border – Transbelgica

Arne Detavernier

Crossing Belgium on the language border – Transbelgica

Mountain Biking Collection by Arne Detavernier



7-12 h

/ day

229 mi

12,350 ft

11,550 ft

In a constant flirt with the language border, the Transbelgica links the French-Belgian with the Belgian-Dutch border. This route offers a unique variety of single track, gravel and dirt trails in an ever-changing scenery across rural Belgium.

It's no secret that Belgians have a deeply rooted passion for cycling. This rich heritage comes to life on a route designed to touch on many aspects of its history. From the cobbled monuments of the Tour of Flanders to the small winding roads connecting villages, chapels, traditional farmhouses and castles. The Transbelgica gives a glimpse of the peaceful and diverse countryside in Flanders’ and Wallonia’s borderlands.

While there is a fair amount of paved roads in the area, you’ll be surprised to find yourself riding plenty of dirt too. Traverse the cobbles and steep hills in the Flemish Ardennes, discover the rolling landscapes in Pajottenland, wind your way through the lush forests surrounding Brussels and experience the Haspengouw region with its seemingly never ending hollow roads cutting through farmlands. All of which are connected by a maze of different trail systems.

In a seemingly flat area, the sequence of steep short climbs will challenge your climbing gears! A good bakery, ‘friterie’ and craft beer are always in reach. With plenty of resupply options, rest assured to count on a tasty post-ride treat.

The route is designed for gravel riding primarily, yet it lends itself well for mountain biking too in case you are seeking comfort over speed. Be aware that the rideability of the route is weather dependent and farmlands will get very muddy when it rains a lot. The route is rideable year-round but does itself best justice from late spring to early autumn.

The Transbelgica makes for a beautiful impression of the Belgian countryside and offers a challenge for both the experienced and beginner bikepacker. The route can be ridden both ways, with start and finish points connected by train stations for easy accessibility.

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229 mi

12,325 ft

11,550 ft

Last updated: August 30, 2023

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    Stage 1: Across the Flemish Ardennes – Transbelgica

    62.2 mi
    7.6 mph
    4,050 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Transbelgica takes off in Kortrijk, located close to the French border and part of the Lille - Kortrijk - Tournai Eurométropole area. If you’re looking for some pre-ride fuel, make sure to visit café and coffeeshop ‘De Dingen’ or vegan restaurant ‘De Kleinkeuken’. Both are situated in the Budastraat


  2. 12:17
    99.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    4,975 ft
    4,925 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Although just south of Belgium’s capital, Brussels, stage 2 of Transbelgica provides a green escape and passes a variety of stunning landscapes on a combination of gravel roads, singletrack trails and field tracks cutting through lush forests and countryside farmland.


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  4. 07:42
    68.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    3,325 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your final leg of the Transbelgica journey starts in a region that consists of many small villages connected by minor roads, trails and farmland. The first part of this stage is slightly less hilly than the previous two and allows you to ease into the ride. Enjoy this most mellow part of the Transbelgica



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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    229 mi
  • Duration
    28:10 h
  • Elevation
    12,350 ft11,550 ft

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