A nation of cyclists and its Tour de France

In 2017, five major international competitions will come to the Grand Duchy. Amateur and professional cyclists love Luxembourg’s quiet roads and the 23 high quality cycle tracks. There is something for everyone, whether they are looking for a pleasant ride, training opportunities or competition. There are more than 600km of dedicated paved tracks, with around 700km of mountain bike trails.

The official UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship is taking place here on 28-29 January 2017. The Terres Rouges region in the south of country was chosen due to the high quality facilities. Around 25,000 fans and international press will attend this major event to be held in Belvaux. As well as the elite competitions for men and women, there will be events for the under-23 and 17-18 age groups. The Schleck Gran Fondo race will be held on 20th May. This event was the idea of Fränk Schleck, the recently-retired Luxembourgish international cycling star who has won three Grand Tour stages, the Tour de Suisse and the Amstel Gold Race.

This is a mass participation cycling event in which people of different genders and ages compete on 91-161km of roads selected by Fränk. The best-placed riders will be invited to ride in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

The Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg is part of the elite professional European Tour, and will be held in the country’s towns and countryside from 31st May to 4th June.

The Tour de France will be in Luxembourg on 3rd and 4th July. The Verviers (B) to Longwy (F) stage will be the most “Luxembourgish”, as it crosses the country north-south over 110km. The course will enter the Grand Duchy at the village of Wemperhardt, leaving near Esch-sur-Alzette in the direction of Longwy. This 3rd July stage will take in the Ardennes hills, the plains of the Guttland, and the town of Mamer (the home of double Tour de France winner Nicolas Frantz), before heading for the Terres Rouges region. The next day, the Tour’s 4th stage will leave the spa town Mondorf-les-Bains for Vittel, in France. After an 11km loop through the Moselle vineyards, the Tour will cross the French border at Schengen, the country village now synonymous with the free movement of people in 26 European countries. Mondorf-les-Bains is a bastion of Luxembourgish cycling, as it is the home town of 2010 Tour winner Andy Schleck and his double tour-stage winning brother Fränk.

The 28th Charly Gaul race will honour the achievements of Luxembourg’s “Angel of the Mountains” who graced the podiums of both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. On the first weekend of September cyclists of all ages over 14 years will be welcome to participate. The competition features two courses, of which the toughest features 150km over the Ardennes hills and the stunning rocky landscape of the Mullerthal, Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland.

Amateur cyclists looking for training opportunities will enjoy the cross-border tracks Veloroute SarreLorLux, the Vennbahn and Eurovelos that link Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and France. There are many bike rental opportunities and guided tours. There is also the “Bed & Bike” service offered by 80 hotels and hostels.

Publication date
25 January 2017
Author
Luxembourg for Tourism
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