In many ways, Belgium is an unusual road cycling destination.

If you look at most of the world’s most popular road cycling destinations (Mallorca, Girona, the Alps, Dolomites etc), cyclists visit when the sun is shining to challenge themselves on long mountain climbs or to train on smooth, well-maintained roads.

Don’t come to Belgium expecting those things.

Cycling in Belgium is hardcore

Belgium is not blessed with great weather. Rain and fierce winds are commonplace. But that’s a big part of the reason cyclists are drawn here: you come is to test yourself against the elements, on the unforgiving cobbled climbs of Flanders. Expect grit, dirt and mercilessly short, sharp hills. Our guide contains the lowdown on cycling in Flanders and this article focuses on Spring Classics cycling tours.

If you’re looking for more of a cycling city break or a base from where you can explore the countryside of both Flanders and Wallonia, Brussels is a good bet. Our cycling Brussels guide tells all.

And finally, here’s an overview of how to plan a cycling holiday in Belgium.

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