Wallonia Cycling Holidays
Belgium and cycling go together like hops and beer, cocoa and milk, spokes and rims. A huge proportion of the country’s near 11.5m population cycle, whether it’s the daily commute or a long Sunday morning ride with clubmates.
Cycling’s ever-popular at the professional level, too, with Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Lotto-Soudal dominating themen’s WorldTour, and Lotto-Soudal Ladies racing a high level on the women’s circuit. Then there’s current Belgian stars like Philippe Gilbert, Thomas de Gendt and rising star Remco Evenpoel. And in the past, you have the likes of Tom Boonen, Johan Museeuw and, of course, five-time Tour de France winner and the world’s greatest-ever cyclist Eddy Merckx.
Wallonia Regional Map
Cycling is popular in all three regions of Belgium: the Brussels-Capital region, Flanders and Wallonia or the Walloon region. But it’s Wallonia, the southern, French-speaking part of Belgium, that’s filled with arguably the greatest variety and most wonderful cycling the country has to offer. This diversity stems from overturning a misperception, namely that Belgian cycling is all about pancake-flat riding. Of course, there are routes and rides where the gradient barely tips over 0.5%, which is perfect for sightseeing and a chilled-out day in the saddle. But Wallonia also provides hilly terrain for those of you looking to build stamina and test your mettle.
It’s your call. But as you’ll discover by reading this exclusive insight into the cycle routes of Wallonia, one of the most family-friendly and tourist options is the RAVeL network. This impressive 1,350km mixture of regenerated railway lines, and recovered and refined towpaths, is popular with all levels of cyclist but especially families and casual cyclists due to its level topography and lack of motor vehicles.
So the RAVeL network is safe and will leave you feeling revitalised, as will riding around the Wallonia region. As soon as you get on your bike, you’ll be immersed in the rich and diverse landscape, from meandering rivers that weave their way through the thousands of kilometres of untouched countryside to pretty villages and vibrant cities. It’s all here in Wallonia and there’s no better way to discover this beautiful, historic land than by bike.
To find out more about Wallonia in Belgium, please click here to visit the offical website of the tourist board.