LCMT 2023

LCMT 2022 MOUNTAINBIKE STAGES

A brand new program in 2022 
Look here to discover all about the total new stages as LCMT 2022 will be situated in and around  Stavelot/Malmédy. 

 

 

You ain't seen nothing yet!


On top of this page you get introduced in the 22th edition of the LCMT for mountainbikers.
Go to our LCMT-CHANNEL (videos) to see some of our action scenes.

Down below you can see also distances and ascent meters for every stage & XL/Large version. Be sure of one thing: this is the best you can experience in the Belgian Ardennes & ast-Belgium on a mountainbike!
LCMT 2020 starting at the football stadium in Houffalize, the place to be!
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Etappe 1: Stavelot - Trois Ponts -Stavelot XL 90km 2400hm /L 67km 1741hm /M 54km 1366hm

The bright valleys and slopes of Liège-Bastogne-Liège!

NEW: also read the extensive tourist guide of this stage: CLICK ON LINK

On day 1, everyone knows what time it is. The daily start towards the first unpaved climb will immediately be in everyone's memory. 

Once turned nordwest it is constantly going up and down towards La Gleize. Deeply carved valleys that pop up again and again after another climb, another descent. But that's why you came here, didn't you? The medium turns back to STavelot after 30 km, via N633 Stoumont-La Gleize, we go to TFZ 3 Bergeval back on the route towards the finish.

But even such a medium tour is in no way comparable to what you get to choose in Flanders or the Netherlands. Die-hards of course opt for at least 'large' where the split at Targnon is located and where we also cycle to TFZ 3 Bergeval to the finish , or why not, the XL version.

With passages along Haute- and Basse-Bodeux, Bergeval and Neuville we find ourselves in beautiful but demanding landscapes. 

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Etappe 1: Stavelot - Trois-ponts - Stavelot L 67km 1741hm

Large version 1st stage...

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Etappe 1: Stavelot - Trois-Ponts - Stavelot M 54km 1366hm

Medium-version 1st ride

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Etappe 2: Stavelot - Ovifat/Malmedy - Stavelot XL 94km 2223hm

Almost 20 times up, down, up, down...

NEW: also read the detailed tourist guide for this stage: CLICK ON LINK

This stage is flat for almost no meter. Sixteen times - we counted it almost correctly - we got the feeling that we had to transform into some kind of mountain goat here. It's a matter of integrating into that mighty landscape. The long, steady climb between Sart-lez-Spa and Bevercé (657 m above sea level) was not even the toughest. But of course it counts, such a long drawn-out col over 10 km. However, it will be the accumulation of typical Ardennes slopes over an average of 5-6% with maximum gradients of 9 to 10% that creep into your clothes. Yet there is so much to enjoy along the way as well. Mighty panoramic viewpoints when you get to the top of another climb. And splashing waterfalls (in autumn anyway...) give the whole a romantic impression. It is no coincidence that today we also pass near the tragic Cross of the Lost Lovers. A particularly tragic late 19th century tale of a young couple, eager to marry, who perish in an unexpected January snow storm, there in those mysterious and often treacherous Hautes Fagnes. Read it in our link above and be quiet for a moment. You may also become quiet from Reinhardstein, which was restored not so long ago. A medieval fortress with many illustrious inhabitants, which since 1969 has become a tourist attraction for all who enjoy dragons, large broadswords and more of that knigts heritage. Towards the end of the ride, another 3 big "monsters" await, including the Haute Levée. The last 7 km are again largely in a descending line. It is clear after 2 days: every morning it will hurt to get out of the valley of Spa. Along the way, the altimeters pile up, but there is also a lot of time to view the natural beauty. Towards the end you know that a relaxing descent to the finish awaits.

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Etappe 2: Stavelot - Malmedy - Stavelot L 59km 1525hm

Large-distance 2nd stage

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 Stage 3 Medium  2nd distance on final day
Houffalize - Warempage - Houffalize
43 km
1074 ascent meters

Etappe 2: Spa - Francorchamps - Spa M 50km 1225hm

Medium-version stage 2

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Etappe 3: Stavelot - Coo/Stoumont - Stavelot XL 91km 2910hm

Stage 3 all hands on deck to the finish!

NEW: also read the detailed tourist guide for this stage: CLICK ON LINK

Yes, the last leg of this three-day mountainbike ride is a little shorter in distance as usual. But in terms of altitude and succession of côtes and climbings, this ride is in no way inferior to the previous days. Even more than in the two previous rides, there are some very steep 'walls' here. After just over 20 km there is that wall of Nonceveux: one and a half kilometers at 8.6%. Such a 'wall' also awaits beyond 60 km: the Wall of Targnon, let's call it that way. Almost 200 m difference in height has to be overcome in one and a half kilometres. Those are the 2 mountain prize moments for the Poppyshirt (best climber-shirt).

Just before Targnon it also went quite uphill for 3 km to Stoumont, albeit a little longer spun out and therefore less steep. And a little earlier, the same thing happened on the Côte de Brume Est. After a good 48 km, in the vicinity of the village of Rahier, just before Trois Ponts: good 6-7  km of steady climb, with an occasional nod down, but never changing in a real or smooth descent. In the last 20 km, the route winds its way around and on the flanks of the Côte de Wanne before gradually reaching the Walloon carnival town of Stavelot. From that point you get a permanent sloping up and down before crossing the finish line in La Fraineuse.

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Etappe 3: Stavelot - Stoumont - Stavelot L 66km 1232hm

Large-version of final stage 3

Read the touristic info about this ride: click here

Etappe 1: Stavelot - La Gleize -Stavelot M 39km 1381hm

Medium versie of stage 3

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