De Brabantse Pijl

Oud-Heverlee
Brabantse Pijl Cyclo - (c) Peleton

Ride your own classic cycle race on the roads of ‘De Brabantse Pijl’. Prepare yourself for a ride full of contrast only true cycling heroes will get a kick out. Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Freddy Maertens, Eddy Planckaert, all took ‘De Brabantse Pijl’ first podium spot. Edwig Van Hooydonk even won ‘De Brabantse Pijl’ four times. Mind you, they didn’t have time to check out the many wonderful pubs en route, but you will! This route for cycling enthusiasts takes you to Zuid-Dijleland (Southern Dyle River Area), in the vicinity of Leuven and Brussels. Some 98 kilometres long with 1033 elevation gain and a fair share of cobbles for you to negotiate.

 

The route step by step

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Start

Oud-Heverlee

Make your way to the starting point at the 'Zoet Water' site in Oud-Heverlee, close to Leuven. You can have your pre-ride coffee on one of the many terraces alongside the ponds.

Bertem-Leefdaal
10KM

Just follow the signs

Horenberg
25KM
Nekkedelle-Huldenberg
27KM

Smooth rolling Gravel

Smeysberg
30KM
Ijskelderlaan
45KM
Hagaard
49KM
Hagaard
49KM

Hagaard

Schavei - Kramon - Cycling in Flanders
51KM
S-Bend Overijse
53KM

S-Bend Overijse

Hertstraat kasseiklim
54KM
Hertstraat kassei vervolg
55KM

1300 M of Cobbled fun

Moskesstraat Overijse - © David Stockman
60KM
tKlein Verzet Terlanen
61KM
Overijse

This authentic pub means a well earned rest after the brutal Moskesstraat climb. Enjoy the hospitality and the nice selection of Belgian beers. But bear in mind that you still have a while to go.

Rue de Pecrot - (c) Kramon, CyclingInFlanders
70KM
St Joris Weertstraat Bierbeek
88KM

10 KM TO GO

You made it! Time for a well deserved beer. Why not head to Leuven, home of Stella Artois and the longest bar in Europe. At least that's what they call the Oude Markt with its many bars and terraces.

Oude Markt Leuven
98KM

Finish


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Planning

Plan your stay

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While you're here: discover Leuven!


Centuries-old heritage and beer, education and youth sum Leuven up nicely. The rich history of this city, just a stone’s throw from Brussels, is visible in its Great Beguinage, Gothic town hall, Baroque Saint Michael’s Church with its unique outdoor altar and the numerous artistic treasures of Museum M.

City Hall Leuven

Epic Stories

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