"Battle of the Bulge" or "Bataille des Ardennes" was one of the last upraises of the almost defeated Nazi-regime in the winter '44-'45 WWII-fight for the Ardennes hills. Our battle will be one of continuous ups and downs since the flat portions of this trip can be counted on one hand… It is, clearly the highlight of our program, and it can be done in either a level 3 (around 1200 m of climb per day) or level 4 (up to 1800 m of climb) version. This will be specified once the trip is on the program, as it is currently not planned but can be offered on demand. The technical requirement is not so high as in the Müllerthal, but still there are nice sections with long singletrails and participants to this tour must be confirmed mountainbikers (at least "intermediate" for their technical skills).
Optionally, the three-day tour can also be extended with a day-ride around the beautiful and trail-rich Esch-sur-Sûre lake (point of departure and arrival) and/or with a 60-100 km finale (different options, technically not so demanding) towards the city of Luxembourg.
1. Day: Lultzhausen - Urspelt (Clervaux)
Starting on the shore of the Esch-sur-Sûre lake, in Lultzhausen, we head north-east, past Wiltz on our left and Kautenbach on our right, in the direction of “Kiischpelt”, the villages gathering around Wilwerwiltz. Now the needle of the compass points north, and we mainly follow the “Sentier du nord”, a well known hiking trail with many singletrail portions, which we will reserve for the downhill parts. We have our lunch break in Pintsch, in a local café, where simple and home-made food is served by the owners. Now a mere 15 Km with a bit more than 400 m of climb through fields, meadows, and forests bring us to Urspelt, today's destination, where we stay at the "Chateau", a **** Hotel. Before we reach this hamlet, we pass by Clervaux, whose name is derived from “clear valley”: hence, watch out for the view on the red-roofed Clervaux Abbey which lies on the opposite hill by which we approach this little touristic jewel with the permanent world-famous photo exhibition “Family of Man”.
Total Distance: Lultzhausen – Urspelt: 50 Km / 1200 m of climb
2. Day: Troisvierges - Vianden
From Urspelt, we take a short but beautiful train ride to reach Troisvierges. As soon as we leave the train, we get on our wheels and
pedol across one of the high plateaux of the Ardennes for some time, enjoying the wind and the views, before diving into the Our valley, via a hidden, steep and narrow path, titillating
the S3 level on the Singletrail Skala. Once there, we will have as much fun as possible,
not being afraid to do an extra climb in order to savour some additional singletrail portion. On our way, we will come by a renovated watermill – Kalbermillen – where
freshwater pearl mussels are bred, a rare and endangered species that survives in the Our river because of its very clean water, and that can become as old as 60-80 years. Pitstop at Camping
Next stop is Luxembourg’s «Eiffel Tower», a 300 m mast close to Hosingen which is used by a private broadcasting company on the ultra-short waves (UKW) and which we reach after a fairly long climb on a small backroad. From there, we race down again, cross the Our and aim for castle Falkenstein, very nicely situated, privately owned and inhabited, unknown to many since much less glamourous than Vianden castle, yet just a crossbow shot away. As for the majestic castle of Vianden, its origins date back into the 11th century. Our night stay will be in Vianden, either in the Youthhostel or in a well-rated Hotel. Chillout will be on a terrace by the river with a view on the illuminated castle….
Total distance: 70 km Total climb: 1800 m
3. Day : Vianden – Esch-sur-Sûre (Lultzhausen)
This day's stage is one of the most difficult but probably also the most airy, beautiful and technical of all trips one can imagine in Luxembourg and in the wider region. Leaving Vianden, we will head North again for some time, with nice views on the lower dam of the hydro-electric pumping station of Mont-St-Nicolas, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. At peak hours, water rushes from the upper lake to the lower one, through an underground powerhouse, generating electricity. The upper lake is filled again during nighttime when electricity is cheap. After getting around the upper lake, we finally head west, up and down the Ardennes hills.
In Lipperscheid we take the first nice and long singletrail to reach the lower Schlinder valley ("Ennerschlenner"). Slowly we mount from there, on large forest roads to fetch the "Charles Mathieu" hiking trail, descending to Kautenbach (lunch break). Next we climb again and take a track that once was hosting a downhill MTB race, near Bockholtz. One more climb and one more technical downhill before joining Heiderscheidergrund and then Esch-sur-Sûre. Follows a balcony-style single-track overlooking the drinkwater dam, featuring at most 4 groups of more or less difficult switchback bends, that could not be more welcome to crown this almost perfect day of mountain biking.
Total distance: 80 km Total climb: +-2000 m
Optional day A: Around the Esch-sur-Sûre lake
In case you book this trip separately, and wanted to add a day of wonderful mountain biking, a good plan would be to cycle around the Esch-sur-Sûre lake, a top-spot for mountain biking in Luxemburg and beyond During the summer months, one might combine this tour with taking a dive on one of the far shores of the lake, away from the crowds.
Total distance: approx. 50 km Total climb: +- 1200 m
Optional day B: Esch-sur-Sure – Luxembourg-city
This day will bring you back to Luxembourg-city. In the level 3 version, we follow the lake for some time, heading for the Belgian border and the town of Martelange. In the level 2 option, we more or less aim in a straight line for Luxembourg-city. In both cases, there will still be many nice trails, though more road portions need to be included than during the first 3 days. The nearer we come to the city, the more likely we will find, here and there, some singletrails, as around the well known Mamerléen or in the vicinity of Kopstal. Surely, another epic ride!
Total distance: 90 km Total climb: 2000 m (level 2: 60 km and 1000 m of climb).
This tour is currently not planned but can be provided on demand. Please write an email to email@example.com or phone +352 621 35 66 41.
3 Countries 2 Days
3 Countries 2 Days brings to an area not so much explored by our guides so far, namely the southwest of Luxembourg, and includes the neighbouring countries, Belgium and France. It will be offered for the first time in 2018, and is still in elaboration, by our 2 guides Luc and Christian.
On the first day, we will take a train ride to Steinfort/Kleinbettingen, on the belgian border. The guides will then bring you south, biking along the border, aiming for Esch/Alzette where we plan the first overnight stay (Hotel or Youth Hostel). The ride is not very technical, surely less then day 2, but there will be as many singletrails as possible, passing Messancy, Aubange and Pétange. The good thing about this area is, that even though it is not a top destination (like the Müllerthal or the Esch-sur-Sûre lake), there is a high population density and hence many mountain bikers. Our challenge - that or our guides - is to explore the region and to hunt for the smallest bit of trail. So there will be surprises, even for the acquainted.
On the second day there will be more fun, while crossing the Red Rock Area, and later, heading to Luxembourg-city, where we include the nice Hesper trails, a kind of fun park at the doors of the capital (5-10 km of singletrails to end the journey).
The endurance level is 3, meaning 50-60 km per day and up to 1250 m of uphill (more details later,
when the scouting is finished). The technical skills, necessary for this event are "intermediate", meaning that it is accessible for bikers with
some experience, but more demanding in terms of physical level.
This trip is planned for June 16-17, 2018.
Starting point is the Luxembourg-city Youth Hostel (2, rue du Fort Olisy, L-2261 Luxembourg, Tel.: 26 27 66) where we will drop our luggage and meet for a coffee or an optional breakfast at 8h30. We will start on our bikes from there and head for the train station where the journey begins. The trip ends at 16h00 on the second day, at the same spot.
Prices are as follows, they include the guiding, the transport of the luggage, the overnight stay and the breakfast on the second day:
- Youth Hostel (double room): 140 EUR;
- Hotel, double room: 155 EUR
Single rooms upon request and availability. Evening meals and lunches are not comprised. Registration deadline (payment received) is May 25 for the Youth Hostel and June 13 for the Hotel.
Please use the following link to the registration page (reservation code 3C2D 2018): not binding at that stage, you will be sent a
registration form to be filled in, scanned and sent back. Once the payment is done, your registration is effective.
Every participant will be responsible for the biking gear and the bike - participants without a helmet or with a clearly insufficient bike will be refused. For this trip, we recommend a normal cross-country bike, with up to 120 mm of front supension. A full suspension bike with at least 130 mm of front travel is not mandatory but can be useful. Participants can rent test bikes from S-cape Sports (25 EUR / day).