black-and-white portrait of GP final winner Willebroek with supporters

Discover our cycling heritage!

You can explore the area’s cycling heritage on three circular routes specially designed for the purpose. Along these routes there are a total of 35 panels explaining the history of local cycle racing and local cycling heroes. If you have a smartphone you can scan the QR code, which will take you to the mobile website: www.inthewheelofEddymerckx.be.

On the site you will find anecdotes, sound and pictures and more background information. Sometimes it also refers to extra items just off the route. For example, you can try out for yourself what the renowned ‘Bosstraat’ in Boom does to your calves. In Nieuwenrode you can pedal to the Emrin bicycle shop to find out how it has evolved over four generations, or to charge up your electric bike. In Kampenhout you can learn about the career of Raymond Impanis and link up with his own circular route and bust. In Wilrijk and Elewijt you can do circuits of the cycling track, after a short initiation if you so wish.

Casa Grinta: restaurant & cycling museum

Bosstraat: the steepest hill in the province

The Boom velodrome builders: at home on the track

The Libertas bicycle factory in Niel

Niel cross-country race: more than 50 years of tradition

René Dillen: five times in the Tour de France

The cyclist George Pintens

Olympic champion Roger Ilegems

Willy ‘Rupske’ Lauwers and family

Provincial Cycling Centre, Antwerp

The Rik Van Steenbergen Grand Prix

Tour of Belgium for the visually impaired

The Ludo De Bruyne Memorial Prize

Casa Grinta: restaurant & cycling museum

The Ludo De Bruyne Memorial Prize

Cycle racing in the Sportimonium

Cycling history at Hofstade Bloso domain

SAFE: from smith to bicycle-maker

Cycling champion Victoire Van Nuffel

50 years of the Willebroek Grand Prix

Cesar Jan Adriaensens: Strong Jan

Louis Tapijt Criterium, Heindonk

Jef Van Dam and the longest Tour de France

Hombeek Sports Friends and the Battel School

Lamot Brewery as team sponsor

Cycle racing in the Sportimonium

Cycling history at Hofstade Bloso domain

SAFE: from smith to bicycle-maker

EMRIN: four generations of bicycle manufacturers!

Eddy Merckx’ home town

Nest Thyssen Grand Prix

Vilvoorde, a town of cycling fans

Raymond Impanis, the baker from Berg

Contact

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