Ride Leuven
15.08.2024

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Ride Leuven

Do you have fond memories of the 2021 Road World Championships in Flanders, now 3 years ago, too? Would you like to relive that incredible atmosphere? You can! Thursday 15 August will see “Ride Leuven”, a wonderful cycling event in and around Leuven inviting young & old to join us in cycling and cheering on the cyclists in a summery setting.

Are you a trained cyclist looking for that little bit extra? Then sign up for 75km or 110km and tackle the World Championships hills of the Flandrien loop in the Druivenstreek.

The city centre in Leuven will be closed to traffic throughout the day. Those who wants to cycle leisurely through the city, can do a local loop of 20 km, which will be open to recreational cyclists between 11:00 am and 1 pm. After that, the circuit will be reserved for the pro race (Tour of Leuven). Everybody is welcome: young and old, beginners and experts, with family or alone, … You will enjoy an animated and carefree cycle route.

Discover the course

After starting at the Heverlee sports hall, the Flandrien loop is up first. The first kilometres between Leuven and the Druivenstreek are an ideal warm-up before entering Huldenberg. This is the signal for the climbing to begin. From here you are faced with some real gut-busting hills like the Smeysberg, Mommaertsstraat and S curve in Overijse. Everyone was on the edge of their seats watching the riders get to grips with these hills during the World Championships. You can still see the thousands of supporters lining the road and the Belgian contingent in the peloton whizzing by. The succession of climbs is followed by some quiet kilometres allowing you can take a breather. Finish with the beautiful city loop in Leuven. Make sure to complete the last 20 km (traffic-free city loop) sometime between 10:45 am and 1 pm, as the circuit will be closed for the pro race afterwards. With just under 800 vertical metres, the 75 km ride is definitely not to be underestimated!

If you really want to test your legs, we recommend the 110 km ride. After the start in Heverlee, as with the short distance, the heavier stuff follows in Overijse and surroundings with slopes that follow in quick succession. Via Boutersem and Pellenberg, the final sprint takes you towards the finish in the heart of Leuven. ride! This final stretch features a few more climbs which will certainly put the legs to the test. The long distance also finishes with a nostalgic city loop around Leuven that takes you back to the World Championships. Make sure to complete the last 20 km (traffic-free city loop) sometime between 11:00 am and 1 pm, as the circuit will be closed for the pro race afterwards. With around 1,050 meters’ elevation, this course has everything in store for a challenging and beautiful ride!

20 km

Start & finish: Leuven

Sint-Antoniusberg

Keizersberg

Leopold-Decouxlaan

Wijnpers

75 km

Start & finish: Leuven

Smeysberg

Mommaertsstraat

Postweg

P.I. Taymansstraat via S-bocht

Kleinwaverstraat

Sint-Antoniusberg

Keizersberg

Leopold-Decouxlaan

Wijnpers

110 km

Start & finish: Leuven

Smeysberg

Mommaertsstraat

Postweg

P.I. Taymansstraat via S-bocht

Kleinwaverstraat

Lastberg

Meiberg

Sint-Antoniusberg

Keizersberg

Leopold-Decouxlaan

Wijnpers

Courses via RouteYou:

Photos

Practical info

The organisation has provided sufficient parking near the start and the finish line. allowing you to park your car safely.

The exact parking map will be published here soon.

Sporthal Heverlee

Hertogstraat 182

3001, Leuven

Start times:

  • 20 km: 10:30 am – 1 pm
  • 75 km: 8:30 – 10 am *local loop after 59km
  • 110 km: 7:45 – 9 am *local loop after 91km

Please note, the local loop is only open and traffic-free between 11:00 am and 1 pm. So, calculate beforehand when you should start and avoid reaching the local loop too early or too late.

  • Plenty of refrechment points on the route
  • Accident insurance (no helmet = no insurance)
  • Technical assistance at the start, at the refreshment points and along the course
  • Medical service at the start and at the refreshment points
  • Signallers along the parcours and by the start/finish locations
  • Perfect signposting along the parcours
  • Number plate

* Supply only on presentation of the number plate! Participants without a number plate will not be allowed on the course.

Scan & ride

We will send you an e-ticket as soon as you register online. Upon presentation of your e-ticket (printed or on a smartphone), you can pick up your number plate at the Scan & Ride desks. Thanks to the Scan & Ride, you don’t even have to get off the bike, and you won’t lose time at the start of your favourite cycling route!

Registration on the day itself

Would you prefer to register on the spot? You can do this, and then we will give you your number plate immediately after payment.

The registration desk at the Heverlee Sports hall will be open on Thursday 15 August 2024:

  • 20 km*: 10:30 am – 1 pm.
  • 75 km: 8:30 – 10 am
  • 110 km: 7:45 – 9 am

*Extra registration desk at Naamsepoort at the start of the local loop for participants 15km!

Enjoy plenty of refrechment points en route, including Etixx sports nutrition and drinks, water and a wide choice of fruit and biscuits.

Number of refrechment points*:

  • 110 km: TBC
  • 75 km: TBC
  • 20 km: TBC

* Refrechment points given upon presentation of frame plate only!

There will be shower facilities after the finish in the Heverlee Sports hall.

Breakdown assistance?

Technical assistance is provided at the start and supply stations. If you can’t make it there, call the emergency number on the back of your frame plate to speak to our mobile breakdown service.

Medical assistance is available at the start and supply stations. In case of urgent medical assistance, call 112.

Online registrations

Have you chosen your event? Great! Please find the prices for Ride of Leuven below.

Prices

20 km

75 km

110 km

Early Bird (until 6/08)   

Free

20 €

22 €

Standard price (after 06/08)     

Free

23 €

25 €

Early bird registration is definitely worth your while!

Be quick and sign up before 7 August, that way you’ll be in the escape pack and enjoy an advantageous rate.

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Etixx fuels your goal

Etixx Sports Nutrition offers athletes healthy support for sustainable sport performances. Thanks to our collaboration with Etixx Sports Nutrition, you will be able to enjoy a quality supply of Etixx products (Isotonic, Energy Gel, Energy Sport Bar,…) during your spring classic. In addition, you will also be able to enjoy exclusive promotions and discounts on the Etixx range when you register and after the event. This way we can guide all sportsmen and women with their preparation and in reaching the finish line.

Health

The organisers advise everyone to avoid any form of strenuous physical activity for which they are not adequately prepared. Make sensible choices about the distance you ride and/or the pace you set for yourself.

Anyone who aims to improve performance and compete at a high intensity should see a (specialised sports) physician annually for a check-up. There is no requirement to produce a medical certificate.

It is up to the participant to decide how to use the information resulting from a medical check-up. The organisers cannot be held liable in this respect.

Photoservice

Sportograf is our official photo partner and will take photos of all participants during the Ride Leuven. You can order these one day after your participation by clicking the button below.

You can find more info on how your photos will be handled here.

Ride with us and support Younited Cycling

Besides being a relaxing activity, cycling is also a powerful tool. Under the flag of ‘My Team, My Home’, Younited Cycling builds cycling teams where everyone is welcome and included.

Their participants are experts in daily survival who fight against vulnerability in housing, mental health, well-being, poverty, migration or addiction.

In their peloton, they find more than just teammates, they find a home. They are coached by social workers who give them a warm welcome and individual attention, to guide them both on and off the bike.

Additional funding is needed to help Younited Cycling grow. Your contribution can also help. When registering online, you have the option to donate 5, 10 or 15€ for Younited Cycling.

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