portrait of Kurt Oncline in shades of grey

By bike with former professional racing cyclists

Discover local cycling history of the Green Belt, Vaartland and the Rupel Region ‘In het wiel van Eddy Merckx’. Former professional racing cyclists take you on a tour through the region. They offer you a tailored programme, at your own pace.

Ludo Peeters, René Dillen, Kurt Onclin and Johnny Macharis ride these great experience tours in small groups of a minimum of 8 persons. They will tell you more about their local cycling heroes and show you the spots where cycling history was written. And what about you? You just ride along and enjoy.

You can also take a tour with collector Paul Van Bommel. He has met all the big names in cycling. He has put together an impressive collection of cycling memorabilia and anecdotes.

If you want to book, with a group, a cycling trip with a former professional racing cyclist, you can contact Rupel Region Tourism for a tailored programme. For information and reservation: info@toerismerupelstreek.be – 03 880 76 25 – www.toerismerupelstreek.be

Are you, with your friends or family, seeking to participate in a cycling trip organised and guided by us? Then check out our website or ask the cycling experience centre De Velodroom for the dates. For information and reservation: onthaal@deschorre.be – 03 880 76 00 – www.develodroom.be

René Dillen – ex-professional racing cyclist

portrait of René Dillen in shades of grey

René Dillen is a former professional racing cyclist with a career from 1973 to 1980. He rode for, among others, the French teams ‘Sonolor’, ‘Gitane-Campagnolo’ and ‘Lejeune-BP’, the Belgian ‘C&A’ team and, in his final year, for the Spanish ‘KAS-Campagnolo’ team.

René is originally from Wilrijk, but now lives in Schelle. He likes cycling in the Rupel area because it’s so beautiful and quiet. The perfect man to explore the area with.

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Johny Macharis – ex-professional racing cyclist

portrait of Johny Macharis in shades of grey

Johny Macharis is an ex-professional racing cyclist whose career lasted from 1989 to 1994. He rode for Westwood, the Swiss Mosoco-Chazal-Westwood and the Dutch Elro Snacks-Tönisteiner. He was mainly known as a track cyclist.

Johny was born and bred in the Rupel area and currently lives in Rumst. Cycling is literally in his blood, and he is the nephew of the well-known Willy ‘Rupske’ Lauwers.

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Kurt Onclin – ex-professional racing cyclist

portrait of Kurt Oncline in shades of grey

Kurt Onclin is an ex-professional racing cyclist whose career lasted from 1989 to 1995. The teams he rode for included ADR, Tulip Computers, where he was a team-mate of Adri van der Poel, Palmans and Lotto, where he was a team-mate of Johan Museeuw.

Kurt was born and bred in the Rupel area and now lives in Schelle.

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Ludo Peeters – ex-professional racing cyclist

portrait of Ludo Peeters in shades of grey

Ludo Peeters is a former professional cyclist, with a career from 1974 to 1990. The teams he rode for include ‘Ijsboerke’ and two Dutch ones: ‘Raleigh’ and ‘Superconfex’.

For most of his career he cycled in teams together with, and later for, Jan Raas. He took part in the Tour de France ten times, and finished every time, which was no mean feat. He won three stages and twice wore the yellow jersey for a day.

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Paul Van Bommel – collector

portrait of Paul Van Bommel in shades of grey

Chef and passionate collector Paul Van Bommel has collected over 700 cycling jerseys, trophies, photographs and numerous cycling curiosities. His collection is now the heart of the cycling experience centre De Velodroom at the provincial recreation site De Schorre in Boom.

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