Newsletter 18 March: Time to order your LCMT-outfit!
We have prepared the new collection of LCMT-cycle wear! Have a look on the picture down below.
Whether you are in for competition and so obtaining the leaders shirt, or take no risk and order this magnificent cycling shirt online using the Bio-Racer/LCMT-webshop! Top quality of Bio-Racer and a very tastful design! Also customized with your name on the back-side of the jersey.
Use this link to find your suitable cyclewear - the webshop will be open till 30 March!:
Another souvenir - which ALL participants will receive as a gift - is the souvenir-T-shirt! All you need to do here is fill in your size and whether you are masculin or feminin. Use this Link for the LCMT-souvenir-T-shirt
Newsletter 5 May '19: your size for the T-shirt, choosing dinner in big tent? and other practical info!
Here is the English version!
The LCMT is
getting closer. A while ago you got a newsletter containing the question to
your own souvenir t-shirt. This t-shirt is a classic but also unique gift for
any LCMT participant. If you have not already passed the required size, then
this may still up to 8 may by in the t-shirt-link to open this form. Please
note: after May 8, can no longer be your size and you get a t-shirt that we
have in stock.
Supper in large tent by the RESC Houffaloise soccer stadium
Many participants this year not staying in the hotel but booked a gite or holiday cottage. There are also participants who stay in mobile homes. We know in these people the opportunity to take dinner at the start/finish zone. We provide together with the local football club in an excellent bar and catering. There will be a large tent next to the football stadium. A local caterer is responsible for delicious and sumptuous meals. The meals must be reserved in advance. Dinner keeps going by starting from 18 h 45. The price is €17 per person per night including dessert. Only drink is not included but will be at a very reasonable price available in the football club run by the ' bar '.
Subscribe for dinners using this link: pick your LCMT-dinner! You get afterwards the deposited amount confirmation. In the start package provided at the inscriptions the paid food coupons will be attached.
è cost for 2 dinners:
EUR 34 (at the latest on May 24, your payment by bank transfer ougt to be
è for 3 dinners you will pay 51 EUR (e.g. triathlon, Combi-tour or if you wish to dine ' evening before ' already on Thursday...)
Thursday 30 may:
Ø evening buffet with cold vegetables
Ø lasagna maison
Ø penne carbonnarra
Ø macaroni with vegetables and tomato sauce
Ø French bread
Ø chocolate mousse
Ø evening buffet with cold vegetables and cold pasta
Ø paella with vegetables, cod, prawns, chicken, chorizo
Ø French bread
Ø fruit salad
Saturday 1 June:
Ø evening buffet with cold vegetables and cold pasta
Ø grilled ham with brown sauce
Ø dish of mixed vegetables
Ø panna cota with raspberries
What distances do you choose? XL, large or medium?
And because we hope to gather now all preparational feedback from you, we ask you to indicate what distance you want to bike daily. That is certainly for the practical organisation of the CHRONO-formulas of importance. CLICK ON THIS LINK: CHOOSE DISTANCE
Please note that who has chosen “CHRONO”, you will only be classfied in the FINAL STANDINGS if you cycled/biked each stage for either “XL” or either “Large”. Who switches between XL and large may get a ranking of the day, but obviously not in a ' final score '. For the rest we would like to know the estimated number of cyclists/bikers per distance in function of splitting our supplies along the trail.
a number of practical guidelines, which you soon will receive again also in your info-Road book (digitally sent a few days before the start).
Ø Bike Parking: to 19 h on the football field, afterwards at vayamundo
Ø massage: to 19 h on the football field, afterwards at vayamundo
Ø Bicycle mechanics of FietsSOS and Bicycle-Fix! See the message on the facebook page of Saturday 4 may as well as under ' partners ' (sponsors) a word of explanation.
Ø doctor: between 6 pm and 7 pm + also after 8.30 pm there is consultation possible at hotel Vayamundo (room next to the massage on the ground floor)
Ø Bicycle cleaning: in two places possible, directly to the finish to the football stadium as well as still at Hotel Vayamundo
Ø showers: the accommodation of RESC Houffaloise football club and if you stay in hotel in your room of course. Please note: hotel requires an extra amount if you still want to keep the room in the afternoon on the final day. You better arrange this with the front desk at Vayamundo.
Newsletter LCMT 2019 - 10 March '19
See also the video that we made about the new and spacious start/finish environment on and around the football stadium of RESC Houffaloise!
Practical arrangements are already made in and around Houffalize:
- the new start/finish location will be built with a large tent (300 seats capacity): all registration packets can be picked up there + the space is also used for buffet dinner in the evening and breakfast in the morning.
- pre-register will of course be necessary to an estimate to the caterer
- Anyway 2 menus per night from which one can choose, this is certainly a response to the participants who are not staying at the hotel Vayamundo see also the motor-home campers.
- motorhome users: we still have a lot of place! To the cost of the electricity group pressing we ask a contribution of 15 to max. 20 EUR per day. The price drops as more mobile homes will be present. At least 1 month before we will know that price. Included here also: use of water (football stadium) and toilets/showers (in football stadium).
- There will come very soon a survey in which you shall be asked you what your options are around whether or not participate in the buffet, the same as for the final choices with or without time recording, formula (cyclo, mtb, etc ...) and distant choice (especially important if you wish time recordings). For all these issues we give you a deadline to which we want to know your answer around these issues.
Further in that survey we ask you also to pass your t-shirt-size selection.
Meanwhile, the leader's jersey design for the CROSS-DUATHLON classification has been created: it is a pristine white shirt with Navy Blue top. Compare to the MTB-yellow leader's Jersey, but the gold is here virgin-white.
We are also proud to announce the soon coming introduction of the first real LCMT-café: the BIKING BOX, a bicycle experience center including bar, tearoom and rental pick-up location in Ypres nearby the famous Menin Gate Memorial (Last Post). All participants of LCMT will be invited to come and visit us on several occasions. We have started up also a crowdfunding hoping in this way to finish the work of having this building ready for its future destination a bit faster. Use this LINK to learn all about it! And we thank you already for your support. But don’t worry, our rewards are pretty well!
Book your hotel now (final days of exclusivity for LCMT-riders)
You can also park your mobilhome at the finish-zone + the organisation will provide each day superb 'sporting dinner' in the LCMT-buffet!
As for the current still available tickets for the LCMT-events itself, it's getting close also: only 20 remaining MTB-tickets and 50 road tour tickets available now...
Latest video here!
More videos about coming LCMT HERE
FAQ: How daily starts will be organized? (+ video presentation LCMT2019)
Escorted by police & organisation vehicles from hotel towards daily official start
Riders staying at the hotel Vayamundo are given the facility to cycle with the group at a leisurely pace to official starting point, the RESC Houffaloise football stadium. The organisation provides safe guidance in consultation with local police. We cycle through the center of Houffalize, avoiding the steap St.-Roch climbing and following the main road 'Rue de Bastogne', till we go back right arriving at the football stadium. A good warming up! Daily departure : 30 minutes before official start from car parking nearby hotel Vayamundo. Riders who stay elsewhere of course may join the group! Still everybody is free to make it at the official start by his/her own means (even using your car as there is enough parking nearby the stadium).
Shortcut to start with Saint-Roch climbing (112 ascent meters) is a matter of personal choice (2,3 km 'shorter').
This group escorted warming up ride will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Still a bit of time left to install yourself in the start-boxes.
Start boxes, what?
Especially for the mountainbike contest we work with start boxes. First day = 50 first registrated mountainbikers + top 10 of last year's edition in BOX 1. They start behind organisation and police cars on a neutralized downhill (big road), before going left and climbing the Saint-Roch hill. On that moment OFFICIAL START will be given. In the mean time second group follows a minute later also behind ORGANISATION CAR. But this group will have closed the gap with Group 1 just before starting the climbing of Saint-Roch.
Finally BOX 3 = all fun-bikers (no competition): as a fun-biker you are allowed to start with group 2. Or you stay in BOX 3, waiting until first passage (after Saint-Roch) of the others. On that moment all fun-mountainbikers can follow the competition bikers, without having done the steap Saint-Roch climbing.
On day 2 and day 3 BOX 1 will be filled up according to your general standings!
How does daily start procedure works for ROADTOUR-riders?
On day 1 and 3, the stage starts straight south-east or south-west,immediately along smoothly up and down roads. No 'steap' wall-climbing in the start! On day 2, the whole group goes down back to Houffalize center behind ORGANISATION & POLICE cars. Afther having crossed Houffalize town, official start will be given once we are on the road up to La Roche.
How does it work if you are a CROSS-DUATLETE?
Cross-duathlon is part of the 3 days mountainbike tour. All cross-duatletes start 5 minutes before official start of MOUNTAINBIKE-tour is given. Thev have a 6 km trial run to do first. After getting back at the finish/startzone, they pick up their mountainbikes in a guarded parking box and they start the LARGE-stage (not the XL-distances!). After the biking part another trial run of 6 km has to be done.
more detailed info under the webpage INFO/GENERAL INFO)
Thanks to all riders, bikers, but also to our crew members and sponsors! Up to LCMT 2018 (20nd edition)!
We can announce already that although we do not think it still can be 'hotter' after this year's edition, the 2018 LCMT (10 - 13 May) will be great again.
All riders will receive a digital inquiry in which you can give your opinion on several services. As a matter of fact, if less is more, we are convinced that our next step will be a bit less work for current people who run this event during the whole year and put their shoulders under the whole package during the 4 days. So we will start up the searching for a few extra high quality assistants who can take over some of the responsabilties. You can help us to keep up this already high standards by spreading the news. As for the competition riders we apologize not being able to publish the final results on day 3. Some technical problems with the time registrations urged us to wait another night before launching this online. We also will consider this aspect as a priority for our competition tour. It's an aspect that needs to be outsourced completely, so we only co-operate with a time registration company that does take this in a 100% engagement.
Do you still have to finish your payment? How to log in and check your data?
- Button 'to subscribe' or go straight to www.lcmt.bike
- Use your e-mailaddress (the one you used to subscribe) + password
- Lost your password? Ask a new one -->will be sent automatically to your mailbox
- You have access again to verify what you wanted. And you can see also if your payment has been verified by us (status!)
- If it seems something is not as you thought to have asked for, contact us! Also if something must be changed. Only our 'admin' has the facility to modify anything on your participation.
- What can be done by you? If you are main-booker, it's only you that has the power to add another cyclist under your name.
Do I choose for mountainbike, road cycling of both? Or even triathlon or cross-duathlon!
3 more options are now to be considered: the 'combination tour', whicht is on day 1 & 3 = use your road bicycle; on day 2 & 4 = go on your mountainbike!
Or you may ride the 4 days triathlon "King of the Ardennes": running, swimming and 3 days road cycling + final day on the mountainbike!
Now to complete our story we added the cross-duathlon: 3 days mountainbike, but also 2 times a day a trail run is waiting for you! Make a choice and achieve your personal goals!
Wat wordt het straks voor jou?
- MOUNTAINBIKE: 3-daagse 31/5 - 2/6 keuzes uit COMPETITIE XL-afstand, COMPETITIE 'large-afstand' en RECREATIEF (XL, Large of Medium-afstand)
- CYCLO: weg-3-daagse 30/5 - 1/6 keuze uit CHRONO (goud - zilver - brons) XL-afstand of Large-afstand en RECREATIEF (XL, Large of Medium-afstand)
- COMBI-TOUR: vierdaagse 30/5 - 2/6 enkel COMPETITIEF XL-afstand (dag 1 en 3 op de koersfiets, dag 2 en 4 op de mountainbike, laatste dag wel slechts de 'large'-mtb)
- TRIATHLON: vierdaagse 30/5 - 2/6 enkel COMPETITIEF maar 2 afstandkeuzes zijnde XL-triathlon en 'Large'-triathlon (bij dit laatste fiets je 3 dagen 'Large'-cyclo). 3 dagen op de koersfiets, laatste dag 'Large'-MTB, aangevuld met loop- en zwemproeven (details onder triathlon-pagina).
- CROSS-DUATHLON: 3-daagse 31/5 - 2/6 enkel COMPETITIEF, dagelijks eerst 6 km lopen, dan de 'Large-MTB-etappe' en finaal nog eens 6 km lopen.
How to arrange lodgings?
With or without our hotel formula? This is entirely up to you! Go to our REGISTER page. First things first = to subscribe for our cycling & mountainbike tour, make a choice whether you want to mountainbike, cycle on road bike. Or perhaps you prefer the 'combi'-formula, the challenge of triathlon or cross-duathlon.
Also to be mentionned under mountainbike or road tour: with or without timings.
For your lodgings, several options available, but most participants will first check facilities in Vayamundo Hotel in Houffalize. This hotel will keep all rooms 'exclusively' for LCMT-riders untill 30 November only.
Of course, it's also possible to arrange your own lodgings elsewhere. Anyway, one can subscribe only till the LCMT is fully booked (600 tickets). By subscribing before New Yearsday, you are allowed only to pay a 100 EUR downpayment. The rest can be done before end of February. Cancelling is still possible, read our special terms on that particular subject in 'regulations' (under INFO).
What kind of a cyclist am I?
If you can say YES to one of the following describings, the LCMT is certainly typecasted for you!
- Competitive cyclist and having a good basic condition & well trained? --> choose XL-rides with or without time registration
- Recreative biker but pretty well trained and you are kicking on climbings (and downhills)? --> choose the XL or why not someday a Large-track >
- You kick on competition but on shorter distances? --> from now on also the 'large'-distance in our mountainbike tour will result in a seperate ranking. Same story for our triathlon!
- Recreative biker with busy job and sometimes a lack of training time? --> use the LCMT tour to get in your best shape again! --> go for ‘medium’-distances or perhaps the 'large'-stages!