EuroVelo 3 in Belgium nominated for award of most beautiful cycle route 2020

09 December 2019
Namur Cbtw Remy

During the Fiets en Wandelbeurs festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, due to be held in February 2020, the award ceremony for the most beautiful cycle route of the year will take place. The chosen routes for this 9th edition have already been announced: four amazing itineraries between 120 and 320 km long that allow cyclists to discover European cycle routes along natural and urban spaces. These routes uncover the richness of the French, Swedish and Belgian territories. The results of the competition will be announced on the 28th of February on the opening day of the event.

During each edition since 2010, the festival Fiets en Wandelbeurs has awarded one European cycle route the title of ‘Most beautiful cycle route in Europe’. The winner of the 2019 edition was the more than 820 km long Oostzeeroute in Denmark. This year, Belgium is represented in the form of the EuroVelo 3 route between Aix-La-Chapelle and Maubeuge – the Pilgrim’s Route. This is a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on this region and its gems, considering the last time a Belgian route took part was in 2014. On that occasion, the Vennbahn route pinched top prize.

This year, four routes have been selected to feature in the competition. The chosen routes are very diverse and run through different countries of Europe: They criss-cross through the Ardèche and its natural landscapes and forests, along the Swedish coast and along the river Loir in France or the Sambre and Meuse in Belgium.

Introduction to the nominated routes:

EuroVelo 3, the Pilgrim’s Route in Belgium: A more than 200 km long cycle route across the ‘flat country’. The route starts in Aix-La-Chapelle and finishes in Maubeuge, passing through towns with the most beautiful cultural heritage. It is a very pleasant route, which follows the rivers Sambre and Meuse for a large part. Ideal for lovers of riverbank picnics.

Copyright: Bert Sitters

La Dolce Via in France:

Along 120 km of road in the Ardèche, la Dolce Via allows you to discover a wild and foresty piece of nature. It is an intense route starting at Saint-Agrève and ending at La Voulte, close to the Italian border.

Copyright: Bert Sitters

La Vallée du Loire à Vélo in France:

This route covers more than 320 km, starts at the spring of the Loir and ends at Angers. It criss-crosses the Vendôme along the banks of the Loir (the Loire’s little sister). This itinerary combines several cycle routes such as Véloscénie and Velo Francette. It runs through multiple villages of vineyards and orchards and calls at a few picturesque castles.

Copyright: Luc Oteman

The Sydkustleden in Sweden:

Almost 260 km by bike along the south coast of the country, also called the Swedish Riviera. This route offers beautiful cycle routes along the sea, forests and villages, where cyclists can discover typically Swedish wooden houses and bridges. It connects the cycle routes Kattegattleden and Sydostleden.

Copyright: Jessica de Korte

Results announcement:

The results of the competition will be announced on the 28th of February 2020 at 11 am in Hall 4 of the Jaarbeurs during the festival Fiets en Wandelbeurs in Utrecht. The nominated candidates will get the chance to introduce their route and its characteristics in the auditorium.

Jury members for the occasion will be Bert Sitters (chairman), Luc Oteman, Wouter Bazen and Jessica de Korte.

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