It was October 2016 when I was travelling to Luxembourg with my family. The way back I wanted to take the bike. For this I had planed two days on roads less travelled using some old railways and smaller roads along the Rur river with his lakes.
We did some parts of it in the Rapha Prestige Limburg 2015, where we took part with a team of 3 riders. So the roads especially on the second day at the Rur, were well known.
All starts near the center of Luxembourg’s Kirchberg Plateau with signs showing the way of the old train path well paved.
So no need to get worried about orientation, we took off heading east to our first junction heading north towards Belgium.
To ride across the border of Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg means to me that I am actually in the middle of Europe. No frontiers any longer and you can easily ride from country to country only the language and the streetlights are changing.
Heading into the night was no problem at all because the bikelane is free of any cars and eventually animals. With a good frontlight from Lupine mounted on the frame – you only need it on the helmet when you are in the woods, dark and full of roots.
The tunnels are more or less lighted and often the scenery changes from the entry to the other side of it.
As we ride from one trainpath to the other, we are not going straight over the mountainroads but more along the rivers in the valleys.
Cities are crossed along the rivers.
Rivers are crossed on smaller bridges made of steel or wood…..
…. or even under bridges
speedy sections on wet surface do not make us afraid because no traffic cuts your line and there are no real corners where you can slip or slide.
trainpath crossing heading towards St. Vith
here you can see the trainlanes coming from different directions
and again the Belgium border
heading into the night on the Vennbahn reminds me on the night rides on the 24hour Rad am Ring event – same free roads
so this is the kind of preparation for tomorrows big #RPLimburg 190 K someone needs
Hope you’re looking forward to Saturday as much as we do. Please find below important details regarding this weekend. Read them thoroughly and please share them with your team members. It’s long and boring, but crucial.
Here it is, 192 kilometers of goodness with a fair amount of climbing.
As you have seen in the pictures, there will be gravel. Sections will be smooth and packed, sections will be rough with loose rocks.
Safety First. You do not win on descents. For instance, around KM 52, you will go down ‚Der Hammer‘ (you’re welcome). It is beautiful smooth pavement that invites you to go as fast as you can. Next to upcoming motor traffic and tourists not paying attention, it has a pothole the size of Oranje’s defense popping up out of nowhere. Please be careful.
As mentioned before, this is an unsupported, unmarshalled ride. Make sure you bring plenty of spare tubes, as many tools you can carry (a chain breaker and spoke tool can come in handy), food, water etc. Tubulars are comfortable, but lethal when you have a flat in the middle of nowhere.
Plenty of towns along the course to stop for a coffee, apple pie and to fill up your bidons.
We have two checkpoints where you will need to stamp your brevet card. The checkpoints are at the Eupen Dam, immediately above the dam is a restaurant as well. No technical support at the check point next to a floor pump.
The unmarshalled part means that next to handing out a cue sheet at the start and the attached GPX/TCX file, there is no route marking. This course has many twists and turns so please pay attention to the cues, but also take your time to enjoy the surroundings.
Good afternoon and congratulations,
We’re happy to announce that your application to participate in the Rapha Prestige Limburg has been successful and that we’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday June 13th at ‚t Hijgend Hert.
To bring you one step closer to the Rapha Prestige in Limburg, I kindly ask you, as team leader, to arrange the payment.
The payment needs to be made before Wednesday May 13th, 2015 and from the person who signed the team up. Once we received your team’s payment, your participation will be confirmed and the physical and tactical team training phase may officially begin.
The course is beautiful as you may expect in that area. Some perfect roads, some not-so-perfect, some roads that may need a redefinition of the word ‚road‘. Woods, farmland, towns, lakes, monuments and rivers. In short, a fantastic exploration day on the bike.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me. And no, you can’t get the route at this stage, it will be announced a few days before June 13th.