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Don’t miss these events if you are riding along the Rhine Cycle Route this summer!

EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route runs along the Rhine from its source in the Swiss Alps to its mouth in the Dutch North Sea. The route visits several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, picturesque towns along the banks of this long river and a very diversified landscape. In order to discover the Rhine region even better, you could participate in one of the many cycling events which are offered along the way, especially in the summer! You can find more information about the Rhine Cycle Route and other events at www.rhinecycleroute.eu
  • The event “Rond Uit Dordrecht” (“Around Dordrecht”) is being held in the Netherlands, from 29 May to 1 June 2018. This event is a fantastic way to discover the Drechtsteden region in the province of South Holland, where the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta is situated. Every day, participants will have the chance to discover another stretch of the cycling routes during tours of 30, 50 or 80 km. For instance, the mills of Kinderdijk will be open to cyclists on Friday, allowing them to ride on the very old Tiendweg roads. What’s more, throughout the event, the Waterbus will be free to use for all participants.

 

 

  • On Sunday, 3 June 2018 (world bicycle day!), a so-called slowUp event will be held in Alsace, France. These events have been imported from Switzerland and they have become very popular in France as well. A 31-km stretch of the Alsatian Wine Route will be closed off to cars between Sélestat, Châtenois and Bergheim. This trail is situated around 20 km from the actual Rhine Cycle Route but it is worth the detour for the beautiful vineyards and the events that will take place along the route: tastings of local produces, musical happenings…

 

 

  • In Switzerland, the popular slowUp events have been held since 2000. On 17 June 2018, a slowUp event will take place between 10 am and 5 pm in the High Rhine, which is the part of the Rhine that flows from Lake Constance to Basel. On this occasion, a 32km route will be cleared for cyclists, skaters and pedestrians. The exact location is between Laufenburg/Baden, Murg and Bad Säckingen on the German side and between Stein and Laufenburg on the Swiss side. Come and see the beautiful forests of the High Rhine landscape on this mainly flat route, suitable for all ages and cycling expertise!

 

 

  • Also on 17 June 2018, the Bicycle Rally Cologne will take place for the 11th time in Germany. This event aims to promote cycling in Cologne in order to make the city more cycling-friendly. Cyclists will start in different locations around the city and rally in several groups towards the city centre. Once all groups have met in the centre, a joint tour of the city will begin. Finally, a demonstration for environmentally friendly mobility will be held at Heumarkt. The whole event is free of charge!

 

 

  • On 24 June 2018, another event will take place in Germany: “Tal Total”, a famous event held since 1992 on every last Sunday of June in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The roads on the left and the right banks of the Rhine will be closed off to motorized vehicles that day, freeing around 120km for cyclists, skaters and pedestrians along this UNESCO world heritage area. Visitors will be able to admire more than 40 castles and palaces and a truly unique scenery. Moreover, many towns along this stretch of the Rhine will offer events on this special day.

 

 

  • We jump to 26 August 2018 for the slowUp event organized in Lake Constance, Switzerland, situated on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps. A route of around 40km will be closed off to cars and small events will be happening along the way: culinary discoveries, musical performances… This event will be perfect for a Sunday family trip!

 

 

  • Another slowUp event in Switzerland will happen on 16 September 2018. It is the slowUp Basel-Dreiland, on the occasion of which cyclists will be able to explore this tri-border region on around 60km of car-free roads in Switzerland, Germany and France. Participants can join the event for free wherever and whenever they like. Towns along the route will offer exciting multi-cultural events that day.