Bicycling Women Ardennes Challenge 2023

In Brief

Especially for the members, fans and followers of FIETSVROUWEN.CC we offer a training weekend in the Belgian Ardennes with all the trimmings. A big ride for the real women with Panache in their legs who want to train for the beautiful Ardennes.eekend, enjoy good food and conviviality among themselves.


- Something for everyone, for every level! Choice of 2 versions.
- Care on the road with follow car
- Very varied 2 or 3 cycling days in small groups
- Top accommodation in the center of the cozy La Roche-en-Ardenne
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May 05, 2023 / May 07, 2023
Road bike
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€375,00 - €525,00

3 days
220 km
Incl. lodging

Additional options

Laundry service bicycle clothing

After cycling, leave your clothes in the provided laundry bag. Our staff on location will make sure your clothes are clean and dry for use the next day.



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Especially for the members, fans and followers of FIETSWOMEN we offer a training weekend in the Belgian Ardennes with all the trimmings. A big trip for the women with Panache in their legs who want to go for a nice training weekend, the women who want to ride a few nice tours and enjoy good food and fun together.

Choice of 2 versions, named after the Champagne variety 'Doux' or 'Demi-Sec', however, we also offer customized according to the desire and level. There is a third 'customized' option.

We leave at 2 points and have 2 types of participations in store for you:

1-Maastrichtat Fixed Gear Coffee, accessible via NS at Maastricht Central station where you can also hook up for the "DEMI-SEC" version. We will take your luggage in the follow car.
2-Fromhome; you sign up for the "DOUX " version or as an option

A third option is a customized solution so that everyone can come along on this fantastic weekend!

Want to find out more or experience what it's like to bike in the hills?
Then be sure to check this out:
Put in your agenda: the Bike Women climbing clinic in April; it's all about climbing and descending in South Limburg. Should you sign up for this trip you will receive a 50% discount on this clinic with the special code; cycletravel


From Panache in La Roche we will be riding two very nice routes in the Belgian Ardennes. This big trip is named after the Champagne species with a very sweet character, the "DOUX". And that's what this one should be called, not as intense as the DEMI-SEC but certainly as challenging!

We offer 3 types of participation;
-VersionDoux; We go for 200km and 3900hm in 2 days on road bike.
-Version Demi-Sec; We go in 3 days for 300km and 4500hm on the road bike
-Customized; We want to keep this tour accessible to everyone. So for each route we have a shorter version available of max 60-70km.
This allows for every level and participant to have a weekend together! Because fun comes first!

Day 1: Travel day or bike day to La Roche-en-Ardennes.
Participants in the "DEMI-SEC"Gather at Fixed Gear Coffee in Maastricht. After this we will drive a beautiful route via Borgloon (break place) to the Belgian Ardennes. There is a car to follow the participants on this trip.
In the afternoon a recovery snack awaits us on arrival. In the evening a delicious pasta meal in La Roche at location Panache.

Day 2: On Saturday we ride a very nice and challenging round in the Belgian Ardennes, surroundings Durbuy, La Roche and ride all the famous hills like, col de Chaussy.
Care along the way from our car and in the evening a pleasant get-together with good food and strong stories.

Day 3: After a hearty breakfast the participants of the DEMI-SEC version back to the Netherlands, but not without tackling those last beautiful climbs in the Ardennes. The route goes east in the direction of Liege.
We ride a nice lap including La Redoute where our groups will also split. `
With the participants DOUX and SEC participants via Stavelot and Houffalize back to La Roche.
At Panache you can still refresh and we drive back home.

In Maastricht at Fixed Gear Coffee, the finish line of the participants in the Demi-Sec version awaits us there.

What is included?
-All inclusive weekend including lodging, food & beverages, lunches, dinners; no extra cost for participants!
-Tour guide with support car
-Provision of lunch & coffee from the support vehicle en route
-Mechanic support in La Roche
-Bike wash service after the rides on Friday and Saturday
-Breakfast & snacks right after the bike rides
-Dinners on Friday and Saturday evening
-Transportation of bikes and luggage for participants of the Demi-Sec version to and from Maastricht
-Free cycling shirt of the Ardennes Challenge
-All drinks (except alcoholic)

What is not included?
-Carriage for participants of the Doux version
-Tourist tax p.p. (to be paid on the spot)


Additional services to book:
-Single room for the whole weekend €150,-
-Sports nutrition package for the whole weekend (also on the road) worth €33.95
-Laundry service cycling clothes €9,95


TRAVEL GUIDE on behalf of Bicycle Women; Maks Groeneveld

Maks bought her first bike in 2017, but as she met more and more people with the same passion starting in early 2021, she really got the cycling bug. It started with many miles on her road bike, but soon a gravel bike was added. Since then she likes to take the car as much as she can to beautiful areas to gravel with friends.

In daily life, she supervises Maks students and their parents, but she also gets great joy from being among people outside of work. She loves helping others, creating a welcoming atmosphere and exploring beautiful, new areas.

No shortage of visuals when Maks along on trips; she prefers to record her adventures so that all the memories are preserved.

Location: La Roche-en-Ardenne, Panache (Belgium)

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Explanation sports level


1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km

Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km

Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500

Location: La Roche-en-Ardenne, Panache (Belgium)