Follow in the footsteps of real cycling legends together
- Since the pandemic, cycling has become even more popular
- Noticeable increase in female cyclists
- Vacation homes are ideal base for cycling vacations
Zürich, 1 August 2022. More and more Belgians are taking to the saddle, according to research*. Especially since the outbreak of the pandemic, the sport is bursting at the seams, and not only among men. More and more women are also climbing in the saddle (together). Now that it is allowed again, cycling friends are increasingly taking cycling trips to change their surroundings. A group holiday home is an ideal base, especially in the quieter spring and autumn when there is still plenty of choice.
In 2020, the popular cycling app Strava recorded 54 percent more male cyclists. Striking: with an increase of 110 percent, the women knocked them off the throne.
Our compatriots also like the sport of cycling. No less than 17 percent of Belgians are fans, according to research by the Free University of Brussels (VUB)*. Top sportsmen like Wout Van Aert and Lotte Kopecky provide us with plenty of inspiration. A lot of people are planning a sporty cycling vacation in the footsteps of the pros.
Cycling trip in the Ardennes
Are you also fascinated by the sport of cycling? Then head for the Ardennes with your cycling friends where you will follow in the tracks of real cycling legends. Discovering a new environment together is good for the team-spirit! In the quieter spring and autumn, there is often a wide choice of larger holiday cottages with several bedrooms and bathrooms. You ride (and stay) along the tracks of the Ardennes Arrow, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Ardennes Challenge (21-28/9/22). Afterwards you can relax in a comfortable and spacious Belvilla holiday home, where you can enjoy a barbecue in the garden or a relaxing splash in the bubble bath. Afterwards you can enjoy the silence and privacy of your own bedroom. Are there also non-cycling enthusiasts in the group? Also then the Ardennes are ideal. You visit cosy villages and enjoy the beautiful nature.
Ready to get going? Below is a small selection of holiday home addresses along well-known cycling routes in the Ardennes. The promising Belgian Mini Discar cycling team stayed in these houses earlier this year, thanks to their sponsor Belvilla:
Liège-Bastogne-Liège is one of the greatest cycling classics in the country. Every year the race grips the screens of many cycling enthusiasts. Who wants to follow the cyclists, can do that from this cosy holiday home in Aywaille that is ideally located. Here, peace and quiet and nature are central.
La Belle Jardinière
This spring the Arden Challenge whizzed past this authentic chalet in Ronchampay. This renovated holiday farm is ideally situated along an interesting cycling route and can accommodate up to twelve people. The biggest eyecatchers? The south-facing terrace with deck chairs, the petanque court and the wellness area with sauna and massage chairs.
The Ardennes Arrow recently raced through Robertville. After the spectacle, supporters rest in a former coach house from 1738. The historical building houses a luxurious loft for four guests. Downstairs, you can look out over the authentic façade from the amazing garden with terrace.
From this cosy holiday home in Waimes you can also explore the Ardennes Arrow trail. Vacationers are lovingly welcomed by the host couple’s dog. And they can recharge their batteries in the gigantic, sunny garden. Inside there is no lack of space either!
This spring the cycling race Triptyque Ardennais passed by La Meulière with an enthusiastic peloton. This holiday home is hidden between the beautiful green hills of Ondenval. Guests map out their own cycling route from the spacious, modern living room. And they warm up the muscles in the comfortable sauna.
Those who prefer to explore the Flemish Ardennes and brave the route of the Tour of East Flanders, head for the idyllic Puivelde. A stone’s throw from Sint-Niklaas you will come across the Palingsgat holiday home. This modern villa pampers its guests with a heavenly garden. A kicker and billiards table await you in the relaxation room.
A holiday home as operating base for your cycling trip is therefore highly recommended for groups of friends, whether you like cycling or not!