The EuroVelo 5 route stretches 107 kilometres through Luxembourg
Ride to Brindisi or London from Luxembourg thanks to a new 3,900 km cycle network
Long-distance cyclists will soon be able to pedal between Luxembourg and Brindisi or London when a new European cycle network is completed.
The EuroVelo 5 route stretches 107 kilometres through Luxembourg following a network of existing cycle paths and some “quiet roads” from the Belgian border to the borders with France and Germany in Schengen.
The route traces the journey made by Sigeric the Serious, archbishop of Canterbury, over one thousand years ago to the pope in Rome.
The original pilgrim route starts in Canterbury Cathedral in Kent and ends in Rome, but the cycle route has been extended to London and Brindisi.
On the continent, the route takes cyclists from Calais through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland and on to Italy.
Among the highlights is the breathtaking St Gotthard Pass (alt 2,106m) in the Alps connecting northern and southern Switzerland.
The Luxembourg leg of the route is being coordinated by the Lëtzebuerger Vëlos-Initiative. A spokesperson for the body explained on Wednesday that the local route was almost completely served by dedicated cycle paths with the exception of the southeast of the country, where riders will be guided onto quieter roads.
EuroVelo 5 is one of 15 long-distance cycle routes crossing the European continent, which are expected to be substantially completed by 2020.
In Luxembourg EuroVelo 5 follows the following national cycle routes PC 18, 17, 12, 13, Luxembourg-Ville route no. 2, PC 1, 11, 7, 3.