The tour leads in three days from Luxembourg-city to medieval Vianden via Echternach, the two cities being cultural and touristic highlights of Luxembourg. The tour features two highlights namely the crossing of the Müllerthal (1st and 2nd day) and a traverse of the Ardennes, the hilly region north of Ettelbrück/Diekirch. The tour stops in Mersch, on the third day, where we will take the train to get back to Luxembourg-city. Optionally, it can be extended to rally the capital by bike.
This tour is suitable for intermediate mountain bikers, with some experience and a sound physical condition (endurance level ranked 2/3 out of 4). While some technical trails of the Müllerthal can be avoided, others cannot and participants should hence be able to master stones, roots and (occasionally) steep up/or downhills, as well as longer climbs. For more details, please refer to the “For whom” section. 50 km and approx. 1000 m of total climb per day.
1. Day: Luxembourg - Echternach
The tour will start close to the Youth Hostel situated in one of the picturesque valleys surrounding Luxembourg-city. We'll mount on to the Kirchberg plateau and come across the buildings of the European institutions and the financial center. We'll then quickly dive into the woods of the Grünewald and penetrate into the "Gatter", the former private hunting ground of Grand-Duke Jean, now open to the public. Most of the journey will be spent in the woods, but the real fun will begin with the entry into the Müllerthal, a famous hiking area, well-known for its typical rain-washed sandstone canyons. We'll ride as much as possible on the small singletrails, trying to avoid however the most difficult ones. The approach to Echternach will be "from above", overlooking the lake from a nearby hill and rushing towards the Youth Hostel that is on the shores of the latter. Evening meal at the Youth Hostel.
Total distance: 45 km Total climb: 750 m
2. Day: Echternach - Vianden
The destination of the second day, namely Vianden, features certainly one of the nicest medieval castles in Europe: a good reason to start early, however trying not to spoil the copious breakfast in the stylish Youth Hostel of Echternach. We'll have a small but violent ascent on the road before taking up again the rolling singletrails of the Müllerthal during the first half of the day. There will be a lot of fun for the technically skilled, others will have to hide their sore faces. After touching the bottom of the tour with the traverse of the Sûre valley (one of the three rivers marking the border with Germany, the two others being the Our and the Moselle), one last climb waits before getting to destination while following a paved cycling track in the Our valley. Overnight stay in the Youth Hostel or in a Hotel, dinner in a local restaurant.
Total distance: 55 km Total climb: 1250 m
3. Day: Vianden - Mersch (optionnally Luxembourg-city)
Technically less demanding, the third day will be marked in the first half by three typical Ardennes climbs, giving way to nice views over hills and more castles. Passed Diekirch, we'll mainly come through farmland and the majestic beech and oak woods of Luxembourg, staying atop a kind of balcony, overlooking the Alzette valley, until we reach Mersch. Train back to Luxembourg-city or optionally biking to destination. This day is marked by long portions of biking through the well-kept, sometimes wild forests of the Luxembourg "Gutland", the southern part of the country. In total, if taking up the whole distance, no more than 5 villages will be crossed (except start- and end-points) during this truly epic ride.
Total distance: 40 km (optionally: 75) Total climb: 1000 m (optionally: 1500)
This tour is currently not planned but can be provided on demand. Please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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).