February 2016 - The Van Gogh cycle route in Brabant has been crowned European cycle route of the year 2016. This unique route is an amazing 335 kilometres long and doesn’t only give cyclists the opportunity to enjoy Van Gogh’s heritage, but also allows them to cycle through Van Gogh’s beautiful landscapes in Brabant.
Apart from the Van Gogh route, three other nominees were in the running for the title of Cycle Route of the Year: La Vélofrancette (France), the Herzroute (Switzerland) and the cycle network Picard Wallonia (Belgium). The jury was especially taken by the ‘Vincent van Gogh’ theme, as can be read in their report: “The route takes you through the province of Noord Brabant, to numerous places where the famous painter lived and worked. In many of these places the landscape hasn’t changed from when Van Gogh captured it on canvas.”
The jury also appreciated the flexibility of the route and its signage. “Cyclists can choose a large circuit of 335 kilometres, or five shorter routes which each take only a day.” The jury also spoke very favourably about the route’s guide, a small ring binder with maps of route sections which can be taken out separately. “The lay-out is clear and simple, with correct information and a beautiful design. A lot of thought has been put into this booklet.”
The Van Gogh cycle route received international attention in the past year because of the construction of the 600-metre Roosegaarde Van Gogh Cyclepath on a part of the route.
For more information about the Van Gogh cycle route please visit: visitbrabant.com/vangoghfietsroute. This website also allows you to download the route guide.
About the award
The Van Gogh cycle route takes over from the Alpe Adria Radweg, which won the trophy in 2015. With this award, the ‘Fiets en Wandelbeurs’ (Cycling & Walking Fair) hopes to stimulate cycling in the Netherlands and abroad and to encourage governments to create beautiful cycle routes.