Programme of training events in the Belgian Ardennes for 2014
April 13 – 20 : Hardennes Race Week Riding & watching the Ardennes Classics roads, including riding the FW & LBL cyclo-sportives.
May 3 – 11 : Hardenner Week More tough days of riding, packed with climbs. Finishes with the reputed Fleche de Wallonie sportive, a circular ride from Spa taking in 4300m of UP on 10/5, that takes in the “best” of the LBL route AND more. Many consider this ride to even more of a challenge than LBL itself…
July 20 – 26 : hArdennes Summer Week (1) . more café stops; less hours of riding. A more relaxed week of riding for those who wanting a cycling break, rather than intensive training. Hills in abundance though!
August 16 – 24 : hArdennes Summer Week (2) This full week book-ends with two superb local cyclo-sportives : Geant des Ardennes & Velomediane – the latter rated as the “Best in Belgium”.
All the cyclo-sportives have several different distance options.
Regular tips and advisory notes are given out through the Newsletters and as much as possible is done to encourage a sense of collective training for your Challenge.
Phil Deeker, creator and organiser of the Cent Cols Challenge concept, lives in the Belgian Ardennes, six kms from La Roche-en-Ardenne. The area spoils cyclists with hills that provide perfect training rides. It is a region used for training by many domestic pro teams from northern Belgium and Holland. Phil lives on the route used by both the Liege Bastogne Liege race and the “Claude Criquelion Velomediane Sportive” – widely considered the toughest sportive in Belgium.