Haarspeldbochten en kuitenbijters – Grensoverschrijdend fietsen in Zuid-Limburg
Road Cycling Highlight
Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
Limburg Cycling planned a road ride.
April 28, 2021
A lap of sixty kilometers sounds like a piece of cake for most cycling fans. But stuff in a thousand vertical meters and it is already a different cake. This route is a real loop for climbers. Complete with sturdy calf-biters, smooth runners and undiscovered climbs. The start / finish is at beautiful Mechelen, but you will not stay in Limburg. From Mechelen you go to our southern neighbors for a few nice pieces of asphalt.Don't be alarmed if you see the Gulperberg looming after two kilometers. This time you steer around it to the right and take a few more easy kilometers before you can warm up the climbing muscles. The King of Spain is the climb where you can start for the first time.With the first vertical meters in your pocket, the ride goes towards the pearl of the Heuvelland, Slenaken. Here you will visit the often forgotten Schilberg. This is a genuine calf biter, so wet your chest. When the top is reached, you can tip over the Belgian border. And you will stay there for a while for a few beautiful climbs, the Belgian climbs.First of all, the hit of the day: Rullen. That may not mean anything to you, but this is one. You cycle on a beautiful characteristic street with moderate asphalt, with left and right a few Belgian houses in overdue maintenance and a view so beautiful that you almost forget to switch back. Just the way you want it. Next up, the climb of the Holiguette, Côte de Hagelstein, the Planck and Gieveld. All wonderfully smooth runners on climbs, with the Holiguettte and the Planck getting extra kudos for their not one, but two hairpin bends. These two “mini-Alpine cols” will certainly appeal to many a grimp (French for climber) from the low countries.Via the perfect carpet of asphalt at Gieveld you climb back across the border. The final part takes place in the hills of South Limburg, where, after a long descent from the Schweiberg, the climb of the Kleebergerweg is still waiting for you. A nice winding road with maximum gradients around 6%. The Schweiberg is a mild dessert for the calf muscles. Don't forget to treat yourself to a good dessert when you're over the line.
April 30, 2021