In winning the Tour de France in 1909, François Faber became the first in a long list of prominent cycling champions from Luxembourg. Nicolas Frantz, who won the Tour in 1927 and who wore the yellow jersey throughout the 1928 event, was followed by the legendary Charly Gaul, nicknamed the Angel of the Mountains, and Tour winner in 1958, and more recently Kim Kirchen, Andy Schleck (winner in 2010), his brother Fränk and Bob Jungels. Today, young cyclist Christine Majerus is demonstrating the passion that knows both genders.
In 2017, the third and fourth stages of the Tour will cross the country from north to south; the grand duchy has hosted part of the Tour de France on seven previous occasions as well as organising the Tour de Luxembourg every year.
The 2017 Tour de France will include 126 kilometres through the territory of the grand duchy during the 3rd and 4th stages.
Five international cycling events will cross the grand duchy in 2017.
It has also hosted five cyclo-cross world championships, including the 2017 event.
In the 1950s, the bicycle was Luxembourgers’ most popular means of transport; since then it has become one of their favourite leisure activities, and a whole ecosystem has grown up around it. The state has invested heavily in a network of cycling routes that is particularly extensive compared with the size of the population. Enthusiasts and casual cyclists can enjoy picturesque scenery, for instance along the banks of the Moselle river, or more demanding and spectacular routes, such as through the country’s former opencast iron ore mines.
Luxembourg’s roads were ranked as the continent’s safest in 2015 by the European Cyclists’ Federation.
The country’s network of cycling routes covers 600 kilometres and is due to be extended to 800 over the coming years
Luxembourg has 25 mountain biking trails totalling 700 kilometres
Although the topography of Luxembourg City, a former fortress set above plunging ravines, is less obviously suited to exploration by bicycle, the construction of lifts and cycleways have made getting around more manageable. The government has provided a further incentive for cyclists– a tax credit for bicycle purchases to encourage the country’s inhabitants to get in the saddle!
16 ‘bed + bike’ options are available for tourists.
A €300 tax credit is available for the purchase of a bicycle