Summer and EuroVelo go hand in hand with the EuroVelo summer photo contest! The prize is none other than a bicycle touring package along the EuroVelo 15 or the EuroVelo 19 route.
Entering the competition is simple. Simply register for the contest via https://en.eurovelo.com/contest and share a photo of your cycling holiday on Instagram by 28 August. The photo with the most likes will win and the winner will receive a cycling package on a stretch of the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route or the EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route .
The Meuse Cycle Route in Belgium: landscapes, gastronomy, history and architecture
The good news? There is no need to go to another country to take part in the competition, because EuroVelo 19, also called the Meuse Cycle Route, crosses Belgium.
Eurovelo 19 is 1150km long and passes through three countries. Starting from the Langres plateau in France, the mouth of the river ends at the North Sea in Holland. But let's focus on the Belgian part of the Meuse route which covers 147km: in the flat country, the Meuse continues its route north and crosses Hastière, a small village where you can still find the ferryman who takes his ferry from one bank to the other. Then comes the wild landscapes and steep cliffs with castles perched on top, marking the route from Dinant to Namur.
Namur, the Walloon capital where the Sambre and the Meuse meet, is most well-known for its imposing citadel with views of breathtaking landscapes, and it's also where the Meuse forks east. This shift in direction is met with a change of landscape, which is becoming ever more industrialised. First, you pass through Huy, a small, fortified Mosan town. Next, you cross the region of the iron and steel industry, cycling near to the famous Val Saint Lambert crystal glassware factory before reaching Liège, also known as the Fervent City. The next stop after the Fervent City is Visé, which marks the last stage in Wallonia. You then reach Limburg in Belgium by following the west bank of the Meuse for a few kilometres before entering the Netherlands.
Accessible to all
This bike route is as suitable for families as it is for beginners. The surfaces are smooth, the route is flat and with dedicated transport lanes due to the RAVeL. The route is signposted with the EuroVelo 19 logo. You can also download the route in GXP format from the RAVeL website. Divided into 5 stages, there are descriptions of the routes and the practical information such as where to stay, where to sleep and to visit.
All you have to do is take a picture of yourself with your bike on the 'Meuse Cycle Route' and post it on Instagram!