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Eddy Merckx Cycling Route

70.6 km • Tielt-Winge

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Wielercafé Boerenhof 1, 3391 Tielt-Winge

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The Eddy Merckx Cycling Route starts at the Boerenhof cycling café at the church of Meensel and takes you in a loop over the same roads where the young Eddy had his first cycling experience. This sporty route - 70 km - has its own signage. Prepare yourself for some stiff calves. So a rest now and then is welcome, especially if you can still catch some special sights. Along the way you will pass the Castle of Horst and the many orchards and vineyards in the region. The cycling god unveiled his own statue at his birthplace in Tieltsestraat in October 2015. Bent over his handlebars, gaze tightly forward, cheering supporters. As he is engraved in our collective memory.

There is also a 26 km version. This one follows the bicycle network. The departure point is the same as the long version, but you then follow these nodes: 77 - 23 - 96 - 97 - 74 - 73 - 95 - 47 - 76 - 77.

This route is offered by Toerisme Vlaams-Brabant vzw.

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Friday, April 9, 2021 by Hugo De RijckeIt is an entire lap to enjoy. The hilly course but especially the beautiful Hageland. The course is largely traffic-free. On top of the plateaus you can see this beautiful landscape for miles. Go there within 2 weeks, with some degrees more and with sunshine, on top, enjoy the blossoms.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Jo LiBeautiful region and great route.
With beautiful views belong of course climbs, all doable even the one cobblestone climb.
Well visible and sufficient signs,except for a few places where you have to be attentive, lead you through the Hageland.
There are few places to eat and drink along the way and, as is often the case in Flanders, some of the cycle paths, if not absent, are not very well maintained.
I rode them myself on a sunny November day.... put them on your-yet-to-be-biked-list.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 by Veerle GunsNice ride among the fruit trees. Car-free for the most part, although there are some busy sections in the middle.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018 by V.K.Varied beautiful ride along small low-traffic roads with a small section of cobblestones and some tough hills.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 by D.M.Perfect signage, car free & fully paved. Highly recommended for road bikes!
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Sunday, October 1, 2017 by K.L.Rode the ride today once with the mtb, nice spirited ride with little traffic. Highly recommended!
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by H.V.Really a wonderful day filling cycling route with lots of beautiful views, hills, etc.
Only one big minus .... In the Hageland there are hardly any pubs, restaurants or terraces which is a disappointment on a beautiful sunny day! We only saw a few pubs but they were still closed!
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Sunday, August 20, 2017 by R.M.Yesterday I cycled this route. Very beautiful and varied. Not too heavy, very doable.
The route has, like many routes in Flanders, a disadvantage and that are the bike paths. They are sometimes downright dangerous. At one location, residents had even built a wall on the bicycle path, which I could barely avoid. You don't expect that. Is this something to bring to the attention of responsible authorities?
Otherwise, Flanders remains a fantastic cycling country.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by G.V.Beautiful route, some steep climbs, very good mapping, GPS route deviates once from the mapping, road surface not always pleasant to ride, definitely recommended
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by R.D.Nice undulating course with some climbs. Not too difficult. The Sven Nys course briefly touches the Merckx course but has many more tough climbs. The 70 km is correct. Too bad there are some signs too few or missing. I had to guess 3 times to find the right route.
Minus point in the course I find the uphill cobbled section.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by E.M.What a beautiful course !
Now I finally know why De Grote Eddy became Champion just like Sven Nijs , because the latter , with all due respect, has always trained on a part of the Merckx track ... Congratulations to both of them , and great that we can now also use this beautiful route .
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Monday, June 19, 2017 by H.L.Very nice ride with GPS. Also well signposted.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 by W.H.This route does NOT pass the Vlooyberg Tower....
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Friday, April 21, 2017 by J.A.Beautiful ride
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Friday, March 31, 2017 by F.S.Ridden again in nice weather about 2 weeks ago, remains a must especially as training for climbing for the Flemish classics such as e3 harelbeke and ronde v vla.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 by F.S.Today rode with the touring-bike, on GPS 73km, very positive about this route, even the cobblestone climb is certainly doable with touring-bike, is not for wimps, up and down from drop flat to climb ... with an E-bike it will also be good ride since you get some help ...after 6 km you know where you stand then you have had 3 klouterpartijen and not the least ....
beautiful landscape to cycle through , I will certainly cycle again
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 by E.V.Today in this beautiful weather this beautiful route. In a very beautiful setting and generally no traffic I really enjoyed this still tough and not to be underestimated hill route.Highly recommended if the weather is nice .
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Friday, August 26, 2016 by A.P.Very nice route ! Really my thing ! Just before Houwaert I believe, is a very bad stretch of road. A bit of asphalt should not be missing because really deep big holes in road surface.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by D.B.Beautiful route that certainly has something to offer the sporty rider.

If you can, definitely try to enjoy the beautiful views at some points as well.

We had (as mentioned below) a lot more km (mml +- 80km) than the suggested 70km.
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Saturday, August 6, 2016 by J.V.What a fun route this was! Glad to know for once without thinking that you will be able to ride an entire route which has paved roads! Except for 1 cobblestone strip, you can ride well everywhere.
There are 2 detours though. You can ignore them both and follow your track if you really want to but then you will pass through road works. Clear road markings. If you want to ride this route on sunny and hot days be aware that you will hardly encounter any shade.....
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Sunday, June 19, 2016 by R.V.Very nice hilly route , I had
more kilometers on the counter and there is no loop in Kiezegem (not on the map) but that's just nitpicking.
Beautiful route .
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Monday, June 13, 2016 by D.G.not to be underestimated ride, very spicy and heavy from hill to hill, but finely satisfied and beautiful views
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