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Section 09

La-Roche-en-Ardenne to Bastogne

  • 46km
  • 932m
  • 643m
  • m
  • medium

One last look back at the mysterious La Roche and you are ready to go! Through the valleys and wooded hills we reach Erneuville and its vast grassy plateaus. This stage begins with a pleasant, gently sloping road that leads up to the enchanting Ry de Bronze. Along the journey, you will pass through many picturesque villages, such as Grainchamps, Tresfontaines, Wyompont, Ortheuville, Lavacherie and Amberloup. Some clinge to the steep slopes of the Ardennes peaks, some sit at the bottom of the Western Ourthe valley, but all will amaze you with their rustic and quiet atmospheres.

Once you leave the peaceful and verdant commune of Sainte-Ode, you will climb the gentle hill towards the plateau of Bastogne, following the very pretty Laval valley and its tributaries. Once in Sibret, the arrival point on the plateau, you will get to ride along a section of the pre-RAVeL of the old railway, line 163, which leads to Bastogne, famous for the Battle of the Bulge. There are plenty of shops, museums and other places to visit. If you pass by in April, don’t miss out on watching professional road racers battling it out for victory in the oldest cycling race, «Liège-Bastogne-Liège».

There’s no doubt you will have an unforgettable during this stage of the journey.

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The route mainly takes you along small quiet roads protected from vehicular traffic, and ends with a short stretch along the pre-RAVeL line 163. Like the EV5 route, this stage usually ends at the Isle-le-Pré hamlet, shortly before Bastogne. Head to the Bastogne South railway station that can be reached by continuing along the pre-RAVeL for about 1.8 km.

Starting point: Place du Bronze in La-Roche-en-Ardenne.

Arrival point: the former rail line 163 from Isle-le-Pré to Bastogne

Practical info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Train station

  • Gare de Bastogne
    Place de la Gare 1, 6600 Bastogne

Tourism office

Specific information regarding long term maintenance work