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Hel van Houtepen - De Ultieme klimtocht vanuit Zuid-Limburg

Hel van Houtepen - De Ultieme klimtocht vanuit Zuid-Limburg

146 mi
-- mph
17,350 ft
17,350 ft

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75.9 mi
95.9 mi
131 mi
146 mi
Destination

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Limburg Cycling went cycling.

July 9, 2021

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  • Limburg Cycling

    The tour was named after Rob Houtepen in 2008. When he lived in Maastricht, he explored the then unknown area north of the Côte de la Redoute for many years and was the first to map it. This has led to this ultimate climbing tour. With 55 slopes, 25 of which are heavier than the Keutenberg and the Eyserbosweg, 60 climbing kilometers with about 5500 altimeters… and all that on an at times moderate (understatement…) road surface. The original route has a start and finish in Maastricht. But this version of the Hel van Houtepen goes straight from St. Geertruid to the trail via Visé, after which a gentle climb begins, and the original route is picked up at Argenteau.The route is characterized by the many top-class climbs in which finding rhythm is an impossible task. The Hel van Houtepen guarantees one big interval ride. Do not think that there is much relaxation and pace in the descents: large holes pop up – always unexpectedly – so pay attention! Rue Tesny, Haute Folie, Cote de la Haie des Loups, Cote du Bois de Beyne, Voie des Chars, names of climbs that many probably won't say much now, but which you won't soon forget, their difficulty is about a factor 2 higher than the Eyserbosweg.The route in the vicinity of Liège is not overflowing with natural beauty, but the ugliness of the unadorned Wallonian landscape has something in its individuality. However, you hardly have time to enjoy it there, because you have to work hard. After about 60 km, the route runs for about 100 km on both sides of the river 'La Vesdre'. The area around Olne is beautiful and a paradise for cycling tourists. The eastern part, a spur of the Ardennes, is more beautiful anyway since you are from the agglomeration of Liège.On the way back, the original route is again abandoned around Argenteau and a beautiful lock follows via the Voer region and finally a piece of South Limburg.TIPS (important)!- Don't underestimate the difficulty of navigating this area.
    - Turn off “recalculation”: otherwise it is guaranteed to go wrong, the intersections follow each other quickly, look at your card on the display.
    - When in doubt, check how many kilometers there are still to go: this way you avoid accidentally picking up the way back.
    - Very important, study the route well, be sure to explore beforehand because of the many loops in the course and ensure a thorough training and preparation.
    - Due to the low average speed, about 20 km/h for a well-trained recreational user (partly due to the slow descents on the moderate asphalt), and the length of the tour, it is especially suitable for undertaking around the longest day of the year , but otherwise of course also extremely suitable for cycling in a weekend and spreading it over two days.
    - A tactical place to arrange supplies is after about 75 km and 150 km in Trooz.
    Afterwards, relax on the terrace of De Koekenpan, a small traditional cafe/restaurant in Sint Geertruid, cycling-loving with friendly service.
    Text and photos: Jan-Peter PloemenFor more information about the slopes, visit limburgcycling.com/routes

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    • July 14, 2021

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