Currently we are working hard to design the most suitable route for you. As soon as we have confirmed locations, we will update this page immediately.
The final tracks and the GPS files will be available by mid of June.
Day 1: London - Canterbury
Right after the tour start in the London Docklands we have to cross the river Thames in a pedestrian tunnel (please walk your bike) to Woolrich. Right behind Dartford the cycle way follows the motorway in striking distance (please keep on the cycle way, do not enter the motorway!!!). We cycle through some larger villages and finally we end up in Canterbury.
Track 2 detours to Whitstablethe at the Thames Estuary, well known for the delicious oysters.
Day 2: Canterbury - Poperinge
From the GBI Camp the route leads directly throught the city center of Canterbury, passing the famous Canterbury Cathedral. We cycle through the beautiful countryside of southern England and leave the UK at Dover with its white cliffs. After the ferry ride to Dunkirk in France we leave northern France and head to Poperinge in Belgium, where we stay for the night.
The track 2 cyclists detour right behind Canterbury to Herne Bay at the Thames Estuary and via Sandwich to Dover.
Day 3: Poperinge - Ninove
From Poperinge we cycle on minor roads to Ypres. After leaving Kortrijk the hills will get more and more challenging and more frequent. The last 15 km we cycle all the way down to the valley of the river Dender, where our destination Ninove is located.
Track 2 heads from Kortrijk to the north to the famous city of Gent. Gent is well known for its beautiful city canals (Grachten) and churches. Beware of the tram rails on the street (risk of falling!). From Gent the route leads directly to the daily destination in Ninove.
Day 4: Ninove - Aarschot
Although the belgian capital is not far, we will skip Brussels and rather cycle northwards to Mechelen. From here we follow the river Dijle and reach Aarschot on minor roads.
Track 2 leads the cyclists towards the dutch border. At the northmost point you will meet a canal you will follow to Turnhout. From there the route will head southwards to Aarschot.
Day 5: Aarschot - Roermond
The route lead us through the western part of Belgium with almost flat terrain. The only challenging hill of the day begins right after passing the Albert channel. Later we leave Belgium and cycle along the Maasplassen (lakes of the Meuse) to our destination Roermond.
This day is the queen's stage for track 2 cyclists. Not only the distance of almost 200 km is very challenging, but several hills in southern Holland including the Vaals Mountain at the border of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and highest point of continental Netherlands (323 m), as well as other well known hills like the Cauberg, finish of the Amstel Goldrace, will push the cyclists to their limits.
Day 6: Roermond - Neuss
Right after the start of the final tour day we cycle on minor roads to Melick and Herkenbosch and cross the forest and national park De Meinweg.
Track 2 detours a last time via Brüggen to Kempen and Moenchengladbach.
In the heart of Moenchengladbach all teams gather for the final group cycling to the final destination in Neuss.
The tracks of the different stages differ in general regarding their length and the climb as well as the surface.
A detailed description can be found here:
Recommended for all kinds of bikes including road bikes. Only paved roads on the track. Shorter and less challenging than track 2.
Recommended in particular for road bikes, the distance is longer and more climb than on track 1.