Did you know that the idea behind our Little Black Bike clothing was developed by a community of sports-minded women?
Women who found each other during a cycling event that we organised. It was an annual event, an unforgettable bike ride with a start and finish at the Tour of Flanders Centre in Oudenaarde. We look back at it with pride – and a touch of nostalgia :-). After all these years, the very essence of Little Black Bike is still to motivate and inspire women to ride a bike, to push their limits, to discover new routes.
That’s why we have put together the most beautiful route from the cycling routes of those days and immortalised this in a Little Black Bike route. You can download the route on your bike GPS so that it is easy to follow and share with your cycling mates. There is no better time than now to discover this new route with special, photogenic spots in your own country.
So: let’s get started!
The LBB cycle route starts in Oudenaarde, at the Tour of Flanders Centre. We warm up with a flat ride along the Scheldt River in the direction of Nederename. Next, we climb up to the Tissenhovemolen, an old wooden windmill in Mater, taking in a beautiful view of the Scheldt valley.
The picturesque village of Sint-Kornelis-Horebeke with its elegant white church is the next landmark on our route. Via the back of the Roman brewery – which produces not only those delicious Ename Abbey beers but also refreshing lemonade – we descend in the direction of Schorisse and then start climbing again: all the way up the Ganzenberg to Opbrakel! Via the Verrebeekmolen and the winding roads around Opbrakel we then head for Everbeek, a village with a beautiful river. First ascending, then descending: wonderful!
These are the Ardennes at their best. Now we cross the language border in the direction of Flobecq. After the long ascent of La Potterée we arrive at the vast Brakelbos. The descent of La Houppe is very beautiful: winding roads lead you through dense forests. After passing Ellezelles we continue onwards to the Kanarieberg. It’s a gruelling climb to the top, but then it’s time to enjoy the beautiful Muziekbos. A tip: this place is also recommended for a hike, or just enjoying a break at an outdoor café.
Next, we ride on to the Hotondberg via Louise-Marie – but not all the way to the top; we make a detour via Lamont to Ronde van Vlaanderen-straat. All the former winners of the Tour have been immortalised right here on this street. Via the Knokteberg (Côte de Trieu) we descend to Mont-de-l’Enclus and ride up the Kluisberg along the back. The real climbing work is now over: it’s time to head for the Scheldt River in Ruien.
In Tiegem we still have some heavy pedalling to do before we reach the Tiegemberg. Over some lovely, undulating roads through the fields we pass Anzegem and Petegem-aan-de-Schelde. We cycle around the Donkmeer lake and then past the official arrival point of the Tour of Flanders in Oudenaarde. If you have enough time left, visit the Tour of Flanders Centre or stay for an après-cycle in the Peloton Café. You’ve really earned that Ename beer or that fresh-tasting Roman lemonade!
Have we whetted your appetite for a tour along the beautiful Flemish roads? Download the LBB cycle route right now at www.littleblackbike.cc and mark a date in your calendar to enjoy this beautiful tour.
Enthusiastic? Share the route and your photos along the way on your social media and inspire other cycling enthusiasts! Tag @littleblackbike.cc in your post and use the hashtag #andtheroadisyours.