For more than a century, Luxembourg has enjoyed a love affair with the bicycle that has flourished over the decades. From Tour de France champions to weekend enthusiasts, cycling is more popular than ever, as a sport or a leisure-and-fitness activity.
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 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, Fränk Schleck, his brother Andy 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. 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 favorite 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. 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!
The 2017 Tour de France included 126 kilometres through the territory of the Grand Duchy during the 3rd and 4th stages.
The country’s network of cycling routes covers 600 kilometres and is due to be extended to 900 over the coming years.
Luxembourg has 36 mountain biking trails totaling 700 kilometres.
93 'Bed + Bike' offers are available for tourists.
Luxembourg’s roads were ranked as the continent’s safest in 2015 by the European Cyclists’ Federation.
Five international cycling events havel crossed the Grand Duchy in 2017.
A €300 tax credit is available for the purchase of a bicycle.