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Limburg Cycling

Zwaar geschut - Deel I

Zwaar geschut - Deel I

57.7 mi
-- mph
1,000 ft
1,000 ft

Tour Overview

Starting Point
Geneuth
4.27 mi
10.1 mi
15.6 mi
16.0 mi
17.8 mi
18.4 mi
28.3 mi
35.7 mi
45.5 mi
49.1 mi
49.2 mi
50.1 mi
52.0 mi
52.1 mi
56.2 mi
57.5 mi
57.7 mi
Destination

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Limburg Cycling went cycling.

October 14, 2021

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  • Limburg Cycling

    Along military vehicles and defenses from the Second World War.September 12, 1944 the 117th Regimental Combat Team was the first American force to enter Dutch soil. An hour or so later, Mesch in South Limburg was liberated from the German occupiers. This cross-border cycling challenge starts a little further on the historic market of Eijsden. This thematic route diptych takes you past monumental vehicles and defenses from the Second World War.In the first part of this route diptych, the 'heavy artillery' is not attributable to the leg muscles. This time no steep calf biters, but a flat to slightly sloping course. It is the distance that is the biggest challenge. In 92 kilometres, this cross-border route takes you via the Border Meuse region to the Mechelse Heide. The return journey will visit Haspengouw and the Liège region. Scattered along the route are war memorials, tanks, casemates, and a fortress. sometimes unmissable, sometimes hidden in the area. So pay attention!From Eijsden, the course heads north. Maastricht is soon passed, after which the straight roads along the Juliana Canal and the Zuid-Willemsvaart slowly bring the cycling legs up to temperature. A few casemates can still be seen along the Zuid-Willemsvaart. Arriving in Eijsden in Belgium near Maasmechelen, the turning point of the route has been reached. The waterfront is abandoned and exchanged for forest and heath in the Belgian National Park De Hoge Kempen. Monumental army vehicles can be viewed here in the villages of Wiemesmeer and Mopertingen.When the M4A4 Sherman tank has passed in Mopertingen, the course continues via the infinitely sloping fields of Haspengouw towards the Walloon part of the country. Here, where the country is beginning to fold more and more, strategic positions were taken to defend the German Wehrmacht. Fort Eben Emael was deemed “impregnable”. But nothing turned out to be less true. Within 36 hours the German troops managed to capture the fortress.Fort Eben Emael is also the starting signal for a sporting challenge. The Rue de Garage is not a high flyer among the climbs in this region. Yet. With the necessary kilometers in the legs and the extra rolling resistance of the weathered road surface, it is just a matter of biting your teeth towards the top.In the last kilometers you end up on the banks of the Maas after a nice descent. Via the Maasbrug in Lixhe, the route takes you back to the place where it all started. Here the legs can go up… Or is there still some gravy in it?Places of interest in this route:28 km, Kotem: Amphibious Vehicle - Buffalo Mark IV
    The tank memorial commemorates an accident with this amphibious vehicle, in which at least two soldiers on board were killed.
    32 km, Maasmechelen: Casemate South Willemsvaart Maasmechelen
    This casemate along the Zuid-Willemsvaart formed part of the Belgian defense lines at the start of the Second World War.
    53 km, Wiemesmeer: Tank - M41 Walker Bulldog
    On September 14, 2004, a war memorial was unveiled in Zutendaal to commemorate the liberation – sixty years ago at that time. The tank dates from the post-war era and was not used in the Second World War.
    68 km, Mopertingen: Tank - M4A4 Sherman
    The tank was manufactured in Detroit around 1942. During the Second World War, the tank is said to have been used by the British army and later sold to the Belgian army.
    75 km, Vroenhoven, Riemst - Monument - World Peace Flame
    On 29 April 2012, Belgium's first World Peace Flame was ignited at De Brug van Vroenhoven. The perpetual flame twinkles in a 2 meter high glass monument. It is a unique symbol of peace in this historic place. Because here on this bridge the Second World War started for Belgium on 10 May 1940.
    81 km, Fort Eben Emael:81 km, Tank: M41 Walker Bulldog
    The M41 Walker Bulldogg was used in both Korea and Vietnam. This M41 is located at the fort Eben-Emael.
    81 km, Fort
    Captured on May 10, 1940 by German troops who landed in the fortress with gliders
    81 km, Monument
    The memorial commemorates the battle of the 20A Artillery Regiment of the Chasseurs Ardennais in the defense of the Albert Canal on 10 and 11 May 1940.
    Tip:
    Have you already cycled WW2 themed route Heavy Artillery: Part II? For the real seasoned grimpeurs there is a gpx available in which both routes are combined (188 km, 1720hm).
    Text Grimpeur
    Info war vehicles & monuments: TracesOfWar

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