Amsterdam

Amsterdam to Rome Bike Tour: Days 1-4 Preview in Photos

Eindhoven Bike Route Sign

The first section of the Amsterdam to Rome Bike Tour route is characterized by very flat riding through the most bicycle-crazy part of Europe. Highlights will be the bike route infrastructure of The Netherlands and traversing bits of the spring classic pro cycling courses of Belgium. Challenges are likely to be inconsistent weather and a potential run-in with some jarring cobbles in the Ardennes region of Belgium.

Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cycling to Amsterdam

Click on this photo for some brief information about riding from Amsterdam, including several EuroVelo routes that visit the city.

Day 1: Amsterdam to Eindhoven – 139k

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Day 2: Eindhoven to Liege via Maastricht – 111k

Click on the photo for a history of the Spring Classics, an important series of professional races that visit Maastricht as well as other places along this route.

Day 3: Liege to Bastogne – 103k

Click on this photo for more information about Bastogne during WWII. (via)

History remembers Bastogne as a decisive point in World War II, where the Battle of the Bulge began and Allied forces, surrounded by Hitler’s army, managed to hold out until reinforcements arrived and General Patton drove the Axis powers into retreat. However, Bastogne is also historically-significant to cyclists.

Taken in the 70’s, this photo below encapsulates the heart of the spring classics in Belgium and Liege-Bastogne-Liege specifically – hard men riding through adverse conditions. Click on the photo for a harrowing tale about race winner Bernard “the badger” Hinault and keep in mind that you’re more likely to travel these roads in good weather and there’s no need to return to Liege unless you leave something important behind!

Day 4: Bastogne to Luxembourg City – 76.4k

Luxembourg is known for its excellent roads and has provided cycling routes to negotiate its stunning capital city. Click on the photo for more information from the Luxembourg Tourism Website.

Luxembourg

For those who prefer to take rest days while touring by bicycle, Luxembourg City provides a good opportunity to do so. Why not get off the bike and walk a bit or let the local double-decker bus tour provide an opportunity to relax and take a break from planning your movements.

Amsterdam to Rome Bike Tour: Days 5-8 Preview

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Amsterdam to Rome Bike Tour: Route Summary

Map of Amsterdam to Rome European Bicycle Touring Route

One of the first things I discovered when beginning to explore bike routes through Europe is that crossing into a new country is similar in distance to passing through a new state in the United States. Europe seems more densely packed with interesting stops along the way and I find very little of it unappealing enough to be avoided. Perhaps it’s an instance of “the grass is always greener on the other side,” but for me, Europe is a playground and I want to ride all over it.

All this being said, the Amsterdam to Rome Bike Tour seems an ideal sampling of many things that make Europe great for cyclists. The dedicated bicycle infrastructure of Holland, fabled spring classics routes in Belgium, hairpin bends through passes in the Swiss Alps, and the beautiful countrysides of Italy are just a few of many reasons to be excited to ride this route.

The route itself shares much of its length with Eurovelo 5, an inter-European bicycle route established (though mostly still to be completed) by the European Cyclists Federation, with cooperation from the EU Sustainable Tourism committee. For more information on Eurovelo 5, I highly recommend having a look at CyclingEurope.org, where you can find a first-hand account of that route in blog form.

This Amsterdam to Rome route is similar to Eurovelo 5 in that it traverses the center of Europe, but takes in a number of roads with serious cycling lore in The Netherlands and the Adrennes region and northern Italian coastal cities left out of the other route.

The fittest of cyclists could probably complete the route in as little as 14 days with limited gear to carry and I’d recommend closer to 21 days for those planning to camp or that would like to take a few rest days. For the purpose of the forthcoming series of posts breaking down the route in more detail, the course will be split into 17 days of riding. Here is a summary of the route in numbers:

Countries Visited: 7 – The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy

Total Distance Covered: 1900 kilometers (1150 miles)

Total Elevation Gain: 7200 meters (23,600 feet)

Average Daily Distance and Gain: 112k (68mi), 425m (1390ft)

Longest Day: 145k (89mi) – Andermatt to Como

Shortest Day: 76.4k (47mi) – Bastogne to Luxembourg City