BBB "GRAVEL" ROUTES

Smooth tarmac isn’t your thing?  Fancy getting muddy and off the beaten track? Those routes are not suitable for road-bikes.
BBB cannot be held responsible for any problems occurring during the ride. 
Route Distance Elevation Direction Modification Download
Northern Pajot 30km 250m NW 16.07.21 Download
Hallerbos Blue Forest 37km 373m SW 16.07.21 Download
Hallerbos II 38km 600m SW 16.07.21 Download
Waterloo 42km 543m S 16.07.21 Download
La Hulpe Tervuren 43km 440m E 16.07.21 Download
Schepdael 44km 360m W 16.07.21 Download
Buizingen 44km 480m SE 16.07.21 Download
Huldenberg Strade Bianche 44km 485m E 16.07.21 Download
Tervuren Overijse 44km 540m E 16.07.21 Download
Coffee time in Genval 46km 570m SE 16.07.21 Download
La Hulpe 47km 600m SE 16.07.21 Download
Vers la Butte du Lion 47km 450m S 16.07.21 Download
Ohain Braine 48km 540m S 16.07.21 Download
Braine l Alleud 49km 575m S 05.10.21 Download
Everberg 50km 600m E 26.09.21 Download
Oud Heverlee 52km 550m E 16.07.21 Download
E411 Tombeek 52km 680m SE 16.07.21 Download
Bertem 52km 429m NE 16.07.21 Download
Lost lanes of the Pajot 52km 470m W 08.10.21 Download
Vilvoorde King Kelly Country 54km 335m NE 16.07.21 Download
Lasne 56km 770m S 16.07.21 Download
Namur 79km 1120m SE 16.07.21 Download

SOME OF OUR FAVORITES

Those routes are suggestions by BBB. You can ride it whenever you want, on an individual basis or in a group. Those routes are not suitable for road-bikes. BBB cannot be held responsible for any problems occurring during the ride. 

Lost Lanes of the Pajot (52km, 450D+)

The Pajottenland is a rightly a favourite playground of many Brussels cyclists (and not only our earlybirds). This week’s gravel suggestion explores some of the old roads and (generally good) paths less travelled in a rural landscape that inspired the painter Bruegel (although there was no radio transmitter then…).

Hallerbos - The Blue Forest (37km, 373D+)

With many people enjoying our ride suggestion to Hallerbos, this week we’re suggesting an alternative gravel route whilst the famous blue flowers are still in bloom. We avoid some of the more technical paths of the previous route, but there’s more climbing and cobbles (particularly bumpy around Sept Fontaines), so the ‘t’kriekske’ cafe might be worth a stop at the entrance to the forest.

Hallerbos II (38km, 600D+)

With many people enjoying our ride suggestion to Hallerbos, this week we’re suggesting an alternative gravel route whilst the famous blue flowers are still in bloom. We avoid some of the more technical paths of the previous route, but there’s more climbing and cobbles (particularly bumpy around Sept Fontaines), so the ‘t’kriekske’ cafe might be worth a stop at the entrance to the forest.

To Buizingen (44km, 480D+)

This route’s proposal take us South-West towards Buizingen. The most technical section is on the downhill into Dworp (you can always descend on the road if need be), and with the recent rain some sections will be a bit muddy, but hopefully still fun.

To Schepdael (44km, 360D+)

Schepdael may be famous for road cyclist Remco Evenepoel, but its also home to some great off-road tracks, and the destination for this week’s BBB go gravel suggestion. The route starts at the Bois kiosk, but the gravel doesn’t begin until after the canal at Ruisbroek, passing round the Groenenberg Domain on its way N-W. If the urban grunge we return through in Anderlecht and Forest is not your thing, turn right (not left) at Ketelstraat (32k) and use Rue Chant d’Oiseaux behind Erasmus back towards Ruisbroek.

Coffee Time in Genval (46km, 575D+)

The route heads out towards Overijsebefore heading South on the magnificent Leemveld gravel road. Enjoy your coffee in Genval as its an easy ride back across the Bois des Dames and the Drève de Lorraine forest track.

E411 - Tombeek (52km, 680D+)

We’ve named this gravel route with a nod to the cobbled classic E3 Harelbeek, due to it also following the direction of a motorway, but the ride is very much in the Brabantse Pijl country.

To Bertem (52km, 429D+)

This route takes us North-East past Tervuren following some of the Voer stream to Bertem before passing the Vossenhal natural playground (might be a long ride for the kids though!), and returning through the miles of great farm tracks in the area. Take care with all the pedestrians in Tervuren, as well as on the blind bends along the stream.

To Vilvoorde - King Kelly Country (54km, 335D+)

Cycling legend Sean Kelly may have been born in Ireland, but lived for most of his racing career in Vilvoorde. We can’t be sure if the double Paris-Roubaix winner used the tracks in this week’s route for training (on his road bike of course!), but they would been great preparation for the hell of the north.

To Lasne (56km, 770D+)

The pretty villages around Lasne may be full of tennis courts, swimming pools and stables, but its the fantastic off-road riding that we think is the real highlight. This is a challenging ride , both long and with some short technical sections. But the views across the Brabant Wallon countryside, with the Lion of Waterloo appearing in the distance are ample reward.
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