LCMT 2023

LCMT 2023 ? You can subscribe again end of September!

 

 

 

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Enjoy again this 2022 edition of LCMT, for the first time with start/finish in Stavelot, raising cycling star in the Belgian Ardennes!

Click here for the aftermovie

 

Interested in participating edition 2023? Keep on following the story on this website. From September 1, you  will discover all the news and ideas about 2023! Save the date: once again Ascencion Weekend, mid-May 2023 ! 

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Daily results on this website: LCMT 2022 see results-page

We publish daily all results of this LCMT with time registration: see webpage results

Roadbook LCMT 2022

Dear rider, with this LINK you can find the ROADBOOK of LCMT 2022!

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Up to a brand new start in Stavelot!

In recent months, we have travelled to the Ardennes several times to plant new seeds for the first post-covid LCMT three years after the last LCMT.  The back-and-forth expeditions in April-May to Stavelot, Spa, Malmédy and other surrounding villages and enchanting places were quite labour-intensive. All kinds of partnerships had to be forged in a hurry, including with the local football club, which had just turned 100, RCS Stavelot. But the jovial and helpful reception there pleased us. And last but not least, the many encouraging reactions from the field of participants, stimulated us even more to do everything we can to make that long-awaited 22nd (!) edition of the LCMT take place.

Now that we are on the eve of the new start, we feel partly like nervous newbies at the start of the season. But at the same time, strengthened and with confidence. Because it has to be said: such an organization is like a well-oiled machine. So many people will soon be employed again for your great cycling adventure in the Ardennes: supply and sign- teams, mechanics, masseurs, doctors, chrono and 'course' responsibles, dispatching and the Red Cross for quick and adequate intervention in in the event of a breakdown or accident, après-bike people in the cafeteria or at the barbecue, bike wash and bicycle parking attendants, set designers, signalmen, motards and quad riders... In short, an impressive mini-army that is supported by the enthusiasm and fired by those not even covid-smoldered LCMT flame goes back on the road for four, say five days Ardennes mission. By the time you start as a participant, the LCMT has been going on continuously for several days for many of the organizing team. The fact that this time personally and supported by an enthusiastic new right-hand man, I was already working full-time on that important transport to Stavelot on Thursday and Friday of the week before, shows the seriousness and determination with which we want to launch this ship again. to leave. The LCMT is partly on new paths, after many years of being used to Houffalize. But the cycling appeal in this other part of the Ardennes is fantastic and the area exudes mountain biking and cycling. We are therefore convinced that if this new location can convince you, the LCMT will discover a new youth. If possible, without all the particularly annoying, stressful and often frustrating obstacles from the past period. After all, we are only 'people' and now we crave satisfaction with even more cravings for some time to enjoy on our bicycles the landscapes where we have traveled too often by car in recent weeks . It is a matter of getting this LCMT on track in time.

In any case, let this be an outspoken wish: that the rediscovery of simple cycling happiness may make way for small frustrations. Because 2 years without that, each of us must now seize the opportunity to sincerely appreciate the well-meant efforts of those who make events such as the LCMT possible again. That shouldn't be more, soon.

 

PS: we try to meet our deadline by  Monday in order to be able to make as much information as possible, due to the known circumstances, final and official only late, by e-mailing to you in a well-arranged road book, including the GPS files. It was quite a job to rewrite all previous web info once the new destination (Stavelot) could be determined. This way we can let you know at the last minute that the chrono finish will still be placed on the line itself (on the football field of RCS Stavelotain). Thanks to sufficient signalmen found in time as well as a handy change of course. Group start? Often a social event for mountain bikers, but it will be possible for recreational bikers. For the chrono riders, at least on day 1 and possibly also on day 2, due to the nature of the start run, we will opt for 4 starting blocks towards the start chrono mat a few kilometers further. This is to avoid congestion and unnecessary nervous hassle on the ravel.

 

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Practical information towards the start of LCMT in Stavelot

Anyone who has booked a stay in La Fraineuse (ADEPS center, Avenue Amédée Hesse in Spa) will find an overview of all allocated rooms or chalets under this LINK. Practical information (such as key pick-up) is also explained there.

In this news item we also provide a lot of practical information about the start of the first LCMT in 3 years, for the first time in Stavelot.

* collection of starter packs in the STAVELOT sports hall: for CYCLO, TRIATHLON and COMBI only on Thursday morning (1st stage start) between 7:45 am and 9:45 am - for MTB and CROSS-DUATHLON it is also possible to pick up on Thursday afternoon between 4 and 6 pm in the same Stavelot sports hall to pick up your package. The pick-up time there is also planned on the morning of the first stage, so Friday 27 May from 07:45.

* parking in and around Stavelot is very accessible. Most parking zones are free. Here's a brief overview:

- near the sports hall and at the football stadium of RCS Stavelot (in front of the football stadium, however NOT on Thursday morning because there is also a tourist bike ride there)

- along the Route de Challes

- at the abbey (drive up to the back)

- Stavelot market square (but bumpy cobblestones there)

- near the shopping center (e.g. at Okay...)

- Spa Racing: corner of Rue St.-Laurent and Route de Malmédy

If you don't mind a little warm-up: 5 km from the start in Malmédy, there are also a lot of car parks, including at the local football stadium of RFC Malmundaria.

 

* GPS files will be delivered to all participants via DIRECT E-MAIL and this at the latest 3 days before the start. Why not sooner? To accommodate late course changes if they still need to be implemented.

* Interested in sports massage after the ride(s): reserve your place already on this phone number: +32 485 94 50 45 Massages will take place both at the arrival area (football stadium RCS Stavelot) and in the ADEPS center of La Fraineuse, but this last only in the evenings. The COMPEX electrostimulation devices will also be available to recover the tired muscles as quickly as possible.

* finish of each chrono stage: under the finish arc, only the start mat will only be passed after a run-up phase, this to avoid 'traffic jams' and drumming.

* roadbook with all further practical information will be emailed to every participant in the weekend before the start. However, most information about the course and starting times can already be found on this website.

* yes, there's filming again! Our video team will try to portray the event nicely with daily videos and impressions.

* from now on no more cancellations possible, unless you introduce a replacement yourself (on May 18, 1 week before the start), so no more free transfers. Thank you for understanding.

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All starting numbers have been assigned now for LCMT 2022

The starting numbers for LCMT 2022 situated in Stavelot have been assigned: use this LINK to discover your start number.

From now on, no changes can be allowed, at least not if you want to drive with a personalized start number. Anyone who still wants to switch disciplines (eg from mountainbike to road bike) can receive a non-named start number at the start.

Basically, we are now also closing registrations. You can only unsubscribe if you introduce a replacement rider. Free transfer to 2023 was still possible until the first week of May. But for practical-organizational reasons, we assume that everyone on the current 2022 list of participants will actually start at the end of May.

Choices about XL or Large distances as well as all other preferences that have yet to be communicated (think of whether or not already desired BBQ sausage on your last stage day, also think of already booking your massage after a certain stage) will be sent to each participant very soon in their own mailbox. The digital road book with all other information (especially about the stages) will be given to the participant together with the GPX files of the stages a few days before the start.

The late, forced move from Spa to Stavelot means that we will only be able to communicate certain things about the stages at the 'last minute'.

The good news is that the entire crew responsible for the organization has gradually been reconstituted. In particular, attracting skilled bicycle mechanics after a two-year hiatus turned out to be no easy task. But together with North Bike, the beautiful bicycle shop with a view of the start/finish (Stavelot football stadium), we have now reached an agreement with some enthusiastic and professionally highly skilled mechanics for this important framework. And indeed, after the stages you can go to NORTHBIKE STAVELOT near the finish, where even more mechanics together with a wide range of possible spare parts will be at your service.

Furthermore, the municipality of Stavelot (technical service and responsible for sports infrastructure), together with the local football club RCS Stavelotain, showed themselves last week very hospitable and enthusiastic to receive the LCMT in its new home base. Been back from the road too, because at the time - then only 4 days - Stavelot and the football stadium were often the start of stage 1 and the finish of stage 4.

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Time to get your ICONIC LCMT-Jersey!

Now it is time to order your ICONIC jersey of LCMT: CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!

Link to the webshop!

No better souvenir to bring home after your Ardennes cycling adventure in LCMT! Our LCMT-webshop under Bio-Racer is open till 7 March! Same shirts will be the leader jerseys in different competitive formats. But even as a fun-biker/rider you will be pride to wear it an bring it home. Also available: winter-vests or sleeveless summer shirts! All orders and payments are done straight between you and our manufacturer, Bio-Racer. They will provide all products in time, so we can give you what you ordered on Day 1 of the LCMT.

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Choose your distance in LCMT: XL, large or medium?

The LCMT is tailor-made for everyone, provided that the necessary physical preparations are taken into account. Not everyone has the capacity to cover the full distances for 3 or 4 days. Age, or available training time for those who have other, e.g. professional obligations, largely determines your cycling pleasure. Is the XL distance that is presented perhaps a bit too much? For that reason, the LCMT also offers shorter variants, referred to here as 'large' and 'medium'. On the racing bike, the 'medium' can only be obtained in advance and you will therefore only find the shortcut on GPS. For mountainbikers, all intermediate sections are again separately signposted. You will also receive a confirmation sign after each past turn with reference to the LARGE or MEDIUM choice you just made. Especially for those who cycle with time registration, it is important to take a good look there!

From now on you can pass on your choice of distance. Use this LINK and indicate which distances you will cycle daily. A second - not obligatory - question gives you the opportunity to revoke a previous formula choice with your registration. Suppose you had chosen MTB XL competition but you don't think you will get 'top' enough in May, then you can always pass on an adjustment with this link. The reverse is also possible, of course: upgrading from 'large' or 'fun rider' to XL and/or competition...

Is it important that you do this NOW? (message publication on January 26 = 4 months before the start) NO, take your time, there will be a reminder via newsletter mail anyway. At the latest 6 weeks before the start, around mid-April, you are expected to stick to your choice. Because around that time, the starting numbers will be ordered by name and the assigned numbers are of course linked to the formula you have chosen.

What if you cycle along purely recreationally, so without a chrono? Mandatory answers are then not necessary, but it does provide direction for our supply calculations to be able to estimate how many people will now cycle on the XL distance on the basis of all the information obtained? And how many opt for shorter variants. On the XL you visit 3 supply zones every day. If you drive Large or Medium, you will usually encounter less supplies along the way.

What about Combi, triathlon and duathlon? They don't have to do ANYTHING, because the distance formulas are fixed here: COMBI drivers always do the XL if they want to appear in the final classification. Triathletes also cycle the full XL distance, except for the ladies who are expected to ride the 'large' cycling distance. Duathletes always 'bike' the 'large' or therefore slightly shorter distance, since they also have to run before and after.

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All lodgings in the LCMT hotel of chalet SOLD OUT

Lodgings that could be booked thoughout our own organisation are SOLD OUT now.

Reservations need to be paid only in January as small price increase is still possible. 

 

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Lodgings via LCMT organisation: how does it work?

Anyone who has requested an LCMT arrangement for the covid-cancelled event '21 in La Fraineuse (ADEPS center) now has PRIORITY to refresh his booking for next year's edition. After 15 November '21 ALL SUBSCRIBED PARTICIPANTS will be invited to book the remaining accommodation capacity.
 
What is available today to book through the LCMT organization itself in La Fraineuse?
Chalets (3 to max. 5 persons)
Basic Room (4 to 6 person rooms)
Olympic Room (4 person rooms)
 
Please note that in and around Spa, there is a lot of accommodation for holidays. Rooms, hotels or holiday houses... Don't wait too long though.
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The LCMT is happy to welcome our new head partner: SPX-Johnson Pumps. But we also say THANK YOU to all 'old & loyal' sponsors from the past. Although already heading towards new LCMT-destination in 2021 (Spa), the final Houffalize-edition is now prepared to make a worthy 'adieu'. Have a look on our 'PARTNERS'-webpage in the mean time!

Newsletter 18 March: Time to order your LCMT-outfit!

We have prepared the new collection of LCMT-cycle wear! Have a look on the picture down below.

Whether you are in for competition and so obtaining the leaders shirt, or take no risk and order this magnificent cycling shirt online using the Bio-Racer/LCMT-webshop! Top quality of Bio-Racer and a very tastful design! Also customized with your name on the back-side of the jersey. 

Use this link to find your suitable cyclewear - the webshop will be open till 30 March!

https://www.bioracer.be/nl/mybioracer/?r=0noOqOBlPS

 Another souvenir - which ALL participants will receive as a gift - is the souvenir-T-shirt! All you need to do here is fill in your size and whether you are masculin or feminin. Use this Link for the LCMT-souvenir-T-shirt


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Great atmosphere and fun in sunshine edition!

  • All results for the more competitive riders in LCMT can be found on our webpage 'RESULTS' now!
  • Editorial story follows here asap!
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Great fun in LCMT: all riders started now!

A beautiful day, not only a song by U2, but loudly shouted at the start of first MTB-day in LCMT! Also the afterbike was to be remembered (see picture). Results of competitions can be found on the result-webpage here. Videos and photography mostly on our Facebook pages. But remember: everybody is a winner in LCMT as can be seen on the picture here. Cheers!

Palmares LCMT 2019

Winner LCMT 2019 - Jurgen VAN DEN BON (BEL)
2nd: Bart Van Driessche

3rd: Maxime Gosseries

Dames: Veronique FLORIZOONE (BEL)

Masters (40+): Jurgen Van den Bon

Masters (50 +): Kevin Holloway (ENG)

Youngsters (<23): Wout Roggeman
Best climber: Robin Schuermans wins the Poppyshirt
Stage winners LCMT (xl): Maxime Gosseries (stage 1), Jurgen Van Den Bon (stage 2), Kris Vanden Bulcke (stage 3) 

COMBI-tour: 
1. Peter VAN LEUFFELEN (incl. 4 X stage-winner also)
2. Lieven Schroyen
3. Dirk Buellens

TRIATHLON
1. Kris JENNES
2. Steven Dick
3. Bernd Vandenberghe
Triathlon-shorter version: 1. Steven Ooms

Triathlon-Ladies: 1. Emilie Vandevoorde, 2. Astrid De Baat

CROSS-DUATHLON
1. Pieter OOMS
2. Marnick Dresen
3. Stijn Deruyter

stage-winners cross-duathlon: Manuel Dreser (st.1), Pieter Ooms (st. 2 en 3)

CYCLO: toptime by Maxime PIRARD

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LCMT had a very good start this morning! Follow us on Facebook and on the Sporthive Live App (incl. Live Tracking of riders)

  • Beautiful start this morning at the new location of RESC Houffaloise. With the good weather coming on (every day a bit warmer and sunnier) names just 230 LCMT'ers on the bike a flawless start to 10u16. 
  • The Sporthive Live App was massively activated. By the way, for all who have their date of birth has not yet passed: they could LIve Tracking on the App via the Bis Connect WIzard to easily activate by as date of birth now defaults to 1/1/2000. All those who already earlier via the form, their date of birth had been given to use of course their real date of birth. 
  • On Facebook, we posted fillmpje and first series of photographs of the start and first few kilometers. 
  • Tonight is also the first film of the videoploeg Krewcollective. 
  • Saturday and Sunday there will also be a photographer along. That will just about any of the more than 600 participants personally try to shoot. For the CYCLO will that near the abbey of Clervaux. Same BIKE, but the latter can, of course, also on Sunday still 'flashed'. 
  • All teams on the road: ride 1 is almost finished for tomorrow! 
  • Daily is the La Chouffebar open! Large cozy tent at the arrival site. You can leave shower stuff  every day safely leave in the canteen football club. So you can after the shower extra long to enjoy the 'ambiance' in the mighty backdrop of the Saint-Roch-plateau! As of Friday, also burgers and pizza at every finish available. Who contract for the buffet every evening, at 19h in the big tent. There is also every evening/night, the movie of the day shown! (on big screen)
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Road- & infobook LCMT 2019 online!

Dear LCMT-participant, 
the official info- and roadbook of coming LCMT-event is now online. For the moment only the version in Flemish has been published. During the weekend an English version will also be published. You will be able to click on that link too. As for now, all is in Dutch/Flemish, while using this link:
LINK VERSION DUTCH
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Newsletter 5 May '19: your size for the T-shirt, choosing dinner in big tent? and other practical info!

NEWSLETTER WAS SENT IN ADJUSTED LAY-OUT ON MAY 4TH 
Here is the English version!

The LCMT is getting closer. A while ago you got a newsletter containing the question to your own souvenir t-shirt. This t-shirt is a classic but also unique gift for any LCMT participant. If you have not already passed the required size, then this may still up to 8 may by in the t-shirt-link to open this form. Please note: after May 8, can no longer be your size and you get a t-shirt that we have in stock.


Supper in large tent by the RESC Houffaloise soccer stadium

Many participants this year not staying in the hotel but booked a gite or holiday cottage. There are also participants who stay in mobile homes. We know in these people the opportunity to take dinner at the start/finish zone. We provide together with the local football club in an excellent bar and catering. There will be a large tent next to the football stadium. A local caterer is responsible for delicious and sumptuous meals. The meals must be reserved in advance. Dinner keeps going by starting from 18 h 45. The price is €17 per person per night including dessert. Only drink is not included but will be at a very reasonable price available in the football club run by the ' bar '.

 

Subscribe for dinners using this link: pick your LCMT-dinner! You get afterwards the deposited amount confirmation. In the start package provided at the inscriptions the paid food coupons will be attached.

è cost for 2 dinners: EUR 34 (at the latest on May 24, your payment by bank transfer ougt to be completed)
è for 3 dinners you will pay 51 EUR (e.g. triathlon, Combi-tour or if you wish to dine ' evening before ' already on Thursday...)

Thursday 30 may: 
Ø evening buffet with cold vegetables
Ø lasagna maison
Ø penne carbonnarra
Ø macaroni with vegetables and tomato sauce
Ø French bread
Ø chocolate mousse

 

 

Friday May 31: 
Ø evening buffet with cold vegetables and cold pasta
Ø paella with vegetables, cod, prawns, chicken, chorizo
Ø French bread
Ø fruit salad

Saturday 1 June: 
Ø evening buffet with cold vegetables and cold pasta
Ø grilled ham with brown sauce
Ø dish of mixed vegetables
Ø panna cota with raspberries

What distances do you choose? XL, large or medium?

And because we hope to gather now all preparational feedback from you, we ask you to  indicate what distance you want to bike daily. That is certainly for the practical organisation of the CHRONO-formulas of importance.
CLICK ON THIS LINK: CHOOSE DISTANCE

Please note that who has chosen “CHRONO”, you will only be classfied in the FINAL STANDINGS if you cycled/biked each stage for either “XL” or either “Large”. Who switches between XL and large may get a ranking of the day, but obviously not in a ' final score '. For the rest we would like to know the estimated number of cyclists/bikers per distance in function of splitting our supplies along the trail.


 

FINALLY ...
 a number of practical guidelines, which you soon will receive again also in your info-Road book (digitally sent a few days before the start). 

Ø Bike Parking: to 19 h on the football field, afterwards at vayamundo
Ø massage: to 19 h on the football field, afterwards at vayamundo
Ø Bicycle mechanics of FietsSOS and Bicycle-Fix! See the message on the facebook page of Saturday 4 may as well as under ' partners ' (sponsors) a word of explanation.
Ø doctor: between 6 pm and 7 pm + also after 8.30 pm there is consultation possible at hotel Vayamundo (room next to the massage on the ground floor)
Ø Bicycle cleaning: in two places possible, directly to the finish to the football stadium as well as still at Hotel Vayamundo
Ø showers: the accommodation of RESC Houffaloise football club and if you stay in hotel in your room of course. Please note: hotel requires an extra amount if you  still want to keep the room in the afternoon on the final day. You better arrange this with the front desk at Vayamundo.


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FAQ: How daily starts will be organized? (+ video presentation LCMT2019)

CLICK HERE for LCMT 2019 video presentation...

Escorted by police & organisation vehicles from hotel towards daily official start

Riders staying at the hotel Vayamundo are given the facility to cycle with the group at a leisurely pace to official starting point, the RESC Houffaloise football stadium. The organisation provides safe guidance in consultation with local police. We cycle through the center of Houffalize, avoiding the steap St.-Roch climbing and following the main road 'Rue de Bastogne', till we go back right arriving at the football stadium. A good warming up! Daily departure : 30 minutes before official start from car parking nearby hotel Vayamundo. Riders who stay elsewhere of course may join the group! Still everybody is free to make it at the official start by his/her own means (even using your car as there is enough parking nearby the stadium). 
Shortcut to start with Saint-Roch climbing (112 ascent meters) is a matter of personal choice (2,3 km 'shorter').

This group escorted warming up ride will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Still a bit of time left to install yourself in the start-boxes.

Start boxes, what?

Especially for the mountainbike contest we work with start boxes. First day = 50 first registrated mountainbikers + top 10 of last year's edition in BOX 1. They start behind organisation and police cars on a neutralized downhill (big road), before going left and climbing the Saint-Roch hill. On that moment OFFICIAL START will be given. In the mean time second group follows a minute later also behind ORGANISATION CAR. But this group will have closed the gap with Group 1 just before starting the climbing of Saint-Roch.
Finally BOX 3 = all fun-bikers (no competition): as a fun-biker you are allowed to start with group 2. Or you stay in BOX 3, waiting until first passage (after Saint-Roch) of the others. On that moment all fun-mountainbikers can follow the competition bikers, without having done the steap Saint-Roch climbing.
On day 2 and day 3 BOX 1 will be filled up according to your general standings!

How does daily start procedure works for ROADTOUR-riders?

On day 1 and 3, the stage starts straight south-east or south-west,immediately along smoothly up and down roads. No 'steap' wall-climbing in the start! On day 2, the whole group goes down back to Houffalize center behind ORGANISATION & POLICE cars. Afther having crossed Houffalize town, official start will be given once we are on the road up to La Roche. 

How does it work if you are a CROSS-DUATLETE?

Cross-duathlon is part of the 3 days mountainbike tour. All cross-duatletes start 5 minutes before official start of MOUNTAINBIKE-tour is given. Thev have a 6 km trial run to do first. After getting back at the finish/startzone, they pick up their mountainbikes in a guarded parking box and they start the LARGE-stage (not the XL-distances!). After the biking part another trial run of 6 km has to be done.


more detailed info under the webpage INFO/GENERAL INFO)

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LCMT 2019 open now: go to subscribe page

TIK TAK TIK TAK... de klok telt af naar 15 september 10u15... Inschrijvingen heropenen... voor de grote start op respectievelijk 30 (koersfiets) en 31 (MTB) mei 2019. Dan gaat de 21ste editie van de LCMT van start in Houffalize. Met een nieuwe en ruimere start/finish-omgeving op en rondom de voetbalsite van RESC Houffaloise en met alweer enkele nieuwe extra formules zoals de cross-duathlon. Qua fietsaanbod oogt het plaatje nu compleet met meer dan ooit voor elk wat wils. Uiteraard blijft de ongeëvenaarde mountainbike-tour tot de verbeelding spreken. Competitief of recreatief! Nu ook met een echte competitieformule op de iets kortere afstand (large). Wie voor 30 november inschrijft kan - zolang de voorraad strekt - het hotelarrangement in Vayamundo erbij nemen, voortaan wel apart te boeken (hotel-policy). 
Ga naar de inschrijvingspagina op deze website en maak uw keuze duidelijk! 

Verder blijven we onze hoge kwaliteitsnormen getrouw en wordt in de komende weken en maanden alweer duidelijk dat de LCMT een op en top 'gesoigneerd' evenement blijft. Intussen ook terug met onze Borzée-etappe (MTB-liefhebbers) richting La Roche op dag 1. Waardoor de gewaardeerde nieuwe start-etappe van 2018 meteen de slotrit wordt in 2019!
Ook op de racefiets zal terug over de Col de Haussire worden geklauterd, al proberen we ook zoveel mogelijk Oostkanton-wegen te behouden.
Tot slot: triathlonvrienden, je krijgt de keuze uit 2 afstanden. Een iets lichtere (maar noem het géén 'light'!) versie naast de zware 'King of the Ardennes'. En wat cross-duathlon betreft, daar voegen we het loopparcours tweemaal daags toe aan voor hen een 'large' (géén XL dus) afstand op de mountainbike! Voor triatleten en duatleten geldt dat we pas later naar uw afstandskeuzes zullen vragen. Dus bij uw inschrijving nog géén melding maken van welke versie u verkiest. Idem voor de competitie-mountainbikers die op de 'large' willen gaan uitblinken (apart klassement daar naast de XL-afstanden).

WELKOM BACK en voor wie nog nooit van LCMT heeft gehoord: KOM PROEVEN EN WORD OOK LCMT-VERSLAAFD!

PS: in de komende dagen en weken wordt nog volop aan de update van de website gewerkt, zie bv. parcours en dergelijke...
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LCMT supporting Cycling for Life (one week before re-opening the subscribe page for LCMT 2019)

LCMT is also a social organisation. Coming weekend we support the Cycling for Life happening in Beselare (close to Passendale and Ypres)!

Wacht our aftermovie now (LCMT edition 2018)

Watch our latest AFTERMOVIE here!

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Palmares 2018

Winner LCMT 2018 - Jurgen VAN DEN BON (BEL)
Runner up: Rick Van Der Sande (also best youngster)

Masters (40+): Bjorn Rondelez

Masters (50 +): Andreas Suls

King of the Mountains: Robin Schuermans wins the Poppyshirt

Combi-tour: Tom VAN LOON (2nd one former winner Dirk Buellens)

Triathlon: Niki DEVOLDERE before Rinus Holvoet (who wins by points)
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Jurgen Vanden Bon over-all winner of the LCMT for mountainbikers edition 2018

De ontknoping in de 20ste MTB-versie van de LCMT was bijzonder spannend op zondag 13 mei. Door het uitvallen van Patrick De Laat (armblessure) en ochtendleider Kristof Houben (ziek geworden 's nachts) lag de eindzege plots voor het grijpen voor Jurgen Vanden Bon. Hij moest nog flink diep gaan om opkomend marathon-talent Rick Van Der Sande af te houden, maar bleef uiteindelijk overeind. Van Der Sande werd nog dagwinnaar van de slotetappe. Maar hij kon het opgelopen tijdverlies in de eerste startmeters van de 1ste etappe (domme val met zadelbreuk en derailleurproblemen wat leidde tot heel veel tijdverlies voor hij echt op weg kon) niet meer goedmaken. Als tweede in de eindstand pakte Rick wel de eindzege bij de beloften. 
Voor de 39-jarige Jurgen Vanden Bon daarentegen is het zijn mooiste zege ooit, al won hij ooit ook de prestigieuze manche in Malmédy.
Good old Björn Rondelez (eindwinaar van LCMT 2000!) werd als vierde algemeen ook weer knap eindwinnaar bij de masters 40+. Terwijl Andreas Suls nog maar eens triomfeerde bij de 50-plussers.

In de COMBI-tour gaf 'tweede' Dirk Buellens de oranje leiderstrui dus door aan sterke beer en topfavoriet Tom Van Loon. Terwijl Niki Devoldere net als vorig jaar opnieuw tot 'triathlon-King' of the Ardennes werd uitgeroepen. Rinus Holvoet werd tweede en won ook het puntenklassement.

Robin Scheurmans van zijn kant was oppergelukkig met het bergklassement (Poppyshirt) waar hij als klimmer pur sang toch wel diep moest gaan. "Het reglement was duidelijk: je moest ook tegelijk bij de beste 20 passeren om jouw klimtijd te laten meetellen. Kwestie van niet toe te laten dat door extreem te doseren je voordeel kon halen tegenover de echte klassementrenners. Vond ik wel fair, ja. En het geeft een extra cachet aan de waarde van die klimmerstrui", analyseerde de Menenaar perfect.

Alle uitslagen en klassementen vind je onder resultaten! (definitieve eindstand MTB volgt pas in namiddag vandaag). En voorts volgt er straks nog een eindbalans na deze 'beste LCMT'-organisatie ooit. Want die is met 20 edities op de teller (en nu ook al 5 Cyclo's, 3 Combi's en 2 Triathlonmarathons) uitermate positief. Conclusie nu al: na 20 edities (of 19 jaar) is het LCMT-concept sterker en populairder dan ooit. Klaar om naar een feestelijke 20ste verjaardag toe te groeien, volgend jaar van 30 mei tot en met 2 juni 2019. Sommigen staan nu al te popelen om in te schrijven zowaar. Maar ook: het organisatie-team oogt sterker gestructureerd en bekwamer dan ooit. En dat laatste komt vooral uit de mond van zij die erbij waren! DANK AAN ALLE FANTASTISCHE LCMT-DEELNEMERS, want jullie zijn - volkomen binnen de LCMT-filosofie - ALLEMAAL WINNAARS gebleken. Tot de volgende!
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3 sunny days and then a start in the rain on final MTB-day

Enjoy HERE (videolink) the fantastic story of day 3 in the LCMT! 

Kristof Houben, leader in the mountainbike tour, could not start this morning, because of sudden illness (fever). So Jurgen Van Den Bon will probably the surprising end winner of this edition. After losing already on day 1 our 2017-winner, Patrick De Laat (could not start any more on day 2 after crashing on day 1) , a bit a disappointment of course.
Best climber Robin Scheurmans on the other hand is o so happy with his Poppyshirt! In triathlon it's another walk over by Niki Devoldere who dominates all the other athletes. Although Rinus Holvoet is also very strong.

In the COMBI-tour Tom Van Loon is on a victory tour in his 4th stage. 
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LCMT 2018 on going now! Follow the greatest 'all-cycling' event in Belgium here!

So, Thursday, we started the 2018 edition of LCMT. With this superb ride up to Luxemburg, including passages through Clervaux, Vianden and 'Petite Suisse'. Today, also the mountainbike tour opened with a brand new and very well appreciated stage in the woods of Bertogne after the tradional kick-off in Houffalize. Also the triathlon-athletes have tasted the water today, a swim in the pool of Hotel Vayamundo. But tomorrow they have to face the lake of Nisramont.
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Time to get your personalized LCMT-outfit! Go to the Bio-Racer webshop to order it!

Are you one of the happy 600 riders that will start in LCMT 2018? Time to get your personalized LCMT-outfit! Superb quality bikewear made by Bio-Racer. Make your choice between the 4 models (depending on type of rider you are: mtb, road, combi or triathlon). These shirts will also be the leader-jersey's, but every one is a winner in LCMT. So every rider can get such a beautiful outfit!  

Only temporary open the webshop, if you want to be sure of receiving your order at the start of the event: click on this LINK and start to enjoy shopping in the world of Bio-Racer, Belgium's greatest bikewear manufacturer! 

A warming up movie can be watched on our LCMT-Channel: PROMOTIONAL MOVIE
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Let LOVE rule in the new significance of our LCMT-brand: welcome to LOVE Cycling Mountainbiking Triathlon!

20th edition of a landmark in its genre, that should be celebrated. And then you present yourself at you very best. So the new cover of our proud flag sounds as such: LOVE CYCLING MOUNTAIN BIKING TRIATHLON. In the next years (and hopefully much longer)it will be the new subtitle of LCMT.
  • Because multisporting is really boosting.
  • Because LOVE apparently more than a 'LIFE' for the bike, or maybe a little too social media-liking LIKE over-ruled this open 'poll'. 
  • LOVE, that is love for your sport, but it breathes also the typical 'warm' and jovial atmosphere where LCMT more than any other event. And the mission to which we commit ourselves: ensure that 'love' is always the red wire. Friendships maintained, or in the LCMT fresh new relationships can be made. To help and assist each other. And for us who organize it: our participants are more than just customers. We continue to 'care for them.
  • THANK YOU FOR THE MANY WHO HAVE VOTED! Here is the score distribution in a beautiful statistic. And in the meantime also congratulations to the 5 cycle-shirt-winners:XAVIER VERMEEREN, STIJN DE KEYSER, THOMAS beirnaert, aged WESLEY ROSE and BERRY OOMEN, you get a bike-shirt customized with your application in Houffalize mid-may! 
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New name for the LCMT: choose your favourite subtitle now!

20 years is a lot of time, so from Low Countries' Mountainbike Tour over Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour (since 2014), we consider the moment mature to change our name again. Of course, nobody will touch the 'holy' LCMT-abbreviation. But on its significance we want to follow our recent evolutions.

Make your choice and perhaps you win the new LCMT-cycle shirt from Bio-Racer...
Use this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd9EoafzNbNfZ_QC2aGxSMnY7mGtHzNg297LC26iIebqUyxA/viewform

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Some very remarkable statistics on the speed of subscribing for LCMT

Since 2016-winter we may welcome already before New Yearsday more than 500 riders for the LCMT. A remarkable evolution if you know that only in 2016 for the first time we reached 500 participants. Last edition (2017) we  accepted the growth towards 550 mountainbikers and road cyclists.  Just because already around Christmas we passed the 500 amount. Now again, for 2018-edition we reached the same number of +500. No doubt that the maximum of 550 participants easily will be achieved within a few weeks (or even days). 

We must say THANKS to all loyal participants who became real LCMT-ambassadors and help to spread the message towards their fellowmen who only discover the charming aspects of our Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour. We do know that still a big margin is left to get more road-cyclists and even triatletes. In the mean time, the LCMT is more than ever the one and only more-days mountainbike classic in Benelux. Because of you who choose to join us!
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Final day of LCMT mountainbike tour a bit shorter (81 km)

As we took some conclusions when studying the survey, the final mountainbike day will be just a bit shorter in 2018. Indeed, some mostly competitive bikers asked us to reduce distance as on this final day many bikers are quite exhausted. 60 km is on the other hand a bit short, also because in the LCMT still many bikers deliberately stay out of competition and want a maximum of bike-fun without timings. In order to please both groups we have now reduced distance of the longest version (3 'Boucles') to 81 km. This is 10 km less or when mountainbiking in the Ardennes around Houffalize probably half an hour to even 45 minutes less effort.

Other changes: first 'boucle' (circle formed tour) will be 3rd of 2017-edition and about 10 km shorter than it was originally. Second 'Boucle' will be first 'boucle' of 2017: 34 km including the Côte de St.-Roch. Finally the last boucle will count 27 km.


As for the triatletes there will be first a swimming part in the Lake of Nisramont. As a consequence of that, they will first bike half of the 2nd Boucle (17km) before entering their next Boucle of 27 km or a total cycling distance of 44 km. Boucle 1 for them is no longer on the mountainbike, but will be part of their final running track (20 km). 

Simultanously we decided also to organize start & finish of this final MTB-stage also in the Hotel Vayamundo area. So no finish in the busy center of Houffalize. 

CHECK OUT ALL PARCOURS INFO NOW!

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Survey after LCMT 2017 & 10 winners!

Fun and exciting survey film after edition 2017! A free ticket for Stijn Dekeyser
in addition. In addition, vouchers for Berry Oomen and Dean Mertens. Plus, 9
LCMT sweaters are divided. As long as stocks last and we will find your size in
the remaining stock. It may also be an LCMT sweater from earlier editions. But
therefore no less new and still quality! So respond quickly if your name
appears here. In the meanwhile, already 150 participants (up to 12 days open).
Oh soon, we will also name this new chronometer company soon (choice is made!).

LINK TO VIDEO

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Visiting a special person: Oliver, "Ollie" Schouppe

19 October. Visit to a special someone in UZ Ghent, Department of rehabilitation. 

13 h 30. Special moment: handing over the LCMT-donation to Oliver ' Ollie ' Schouppe. For the occasion, his parents have the LCMT-jersey with them. Oliver pulls it on and poses proudly with me for the photo. On behalf of the LCMT organization and participants I was allowed to transfer to the family Schouppe this 800 EUR. A small gesture but apparently big support that was accepted with gratitude. Good luck and go on, Ollie! We continue to follow you on your way back to ' bicycle '. You talked already about your comeback on a tandem bicycle. Looking forward to that, I am deeply impressed by your courage & positivism. It features of course the great sportman that you are.

21 October. Let's reconsider a few things, 2 days after our meeting, one day after our internal LCMT-work meeting last night. If it's up to us there will there be a sequel-action, LCMT 2018 = 20 years = also searching to accomplish a ' higher ' goal that goes beyond the pure sports experience. Something that BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER, especially after an accident ... Ideas bubbling on. We hope to work them out in consultation with the family and Ollie itself. (to be continued?)
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Enjoy this LCMT 2017 aftermovie!

Many thanks to our videopartner Velodrone, who of course generously was assisted by the SUN and overwhelming tropical atmosphere in the Ardennes. Great action images in a wonderful decor. That's the 2017 story of 4 days Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour. The new formula including our Triathlon-heroes only make you getting hungry to join the 20st edition, next year in May 2018. Keep on follow the story here, because before you know it subscribing time is there.

Click here to find the link on our LCMT video channel and watch the AFTERMOVIE!
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Patrick De Laat, another Holland winner in the hardest MTB Tour of the Benelux, but triatlete Niki Devoldere King of the Ardennes!

LINK TO ARTICLE-text) (article in Dutch)

Thanks to all riders, bikers, but also to our crew members and sponsors! Up to LCMT 2018 (20nd edition)!

We want to express our gratitude to all participants, to all crew members and to all our sponsors for being all essential members of this tropical LCMT-experience!

We can announce already that although we do not think it still can be 'hotter' after this year's edition, the 2018 LCMT (10 - 13 May) will be great again. 

All riders will receive a digital inquiry in which you can give your opinion on several services. As a matter of fact, if less is more, we are convinced that our next step will be a bit less work for current people who run this event during the whole year and put their shoulders under the whole package during the 4 days. So we will start up the searching for a few extra high quality assistants who can take over some of the responsabilties. You can help us to keep up this already high standards by spreading the news. As for the competition riders we apologize not being able to publish the final results on day 3. Some technical problems with the time registrations urged us to wait another night before launching this online. We also will consider this aspect as a priority for our competition tour. It's an aspect that needs to be outsourced completely, so we only co-operate with a time registration company that does take this in a 100% engagement.
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Actualities during this LCMT on Facebook!

All hot news, films and pictures are first lauched on our FACEBOOK page. Results though, you find here (results button) are on the RIS-timing website.


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LCMT, gezellig, gemoedelijk maar vooral SUPER!

LINK TO VIDEOS of this superb cycling, mountainbike and triathlon event!
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Leader jerseys LCMT 2017: mountainbike, combi-tour, triathlon + SOCKS for all of you

Superb quality these leader jerseys: general leader in mountainbike (left) and daily celebration... General leaders also in the COMBI-tour and triathlon. Best Master, Youngster and Lady also get a similar jersey in the end! The 'souvenir-bikeshirt for all participants is very similar to the over-all MTB-leader! Still interested? Hurry up to the special order- use this LINK!
We are also happy to announce that ALL LCMT RIDERS CAN RECEIVE A PAIR OF BIKE-SOCKS8 All you have to do is fill in your foot-size. Use this link
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Ask now your personalized LCMT-bike shirt and short + socks!

Don't wait any longer if you want to be member of the selected group of proud LCMT-wearing bikers and cyclists! April 1st is last moment to place the order if you want to get this shirt at the start. 

Click here to order!
Not to forget: do your payment at the same time. We only send through paid orders to Bio-Racer. Thanks for your understanding.

Do you still have to finish your payment? How to log in and check your data?

Check your data and verify your payment. How much still to pay? Or has it been confirmed already by our administration? This is how you manage:
  • Button 'to subscribe' or go straight to www.lcmt.bike
  • Use your e-mailaddress (the one you used to subscribe) + password
  • Lost your password? Ask a new one -->will be sent automatically to your mailbox
  • You have access again to verify what you wanted. And you can see also if your payment has been verified by us (status!)
  • If it seems something is not as you thought to have asked for, contact us! Also if something must be changed. Only our 'admin' has the facility to modify anything on your participation.
  • What can be done by you? If you are main-booker, it's only you that has the power to add another cyclist under your name.
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WIN2 & Telenet new partners of the LCMT event

WIN2 is the official supplier for all isotone sportdrinks during and after (recovery) the coming LCMT. Together with WIN2 also TELENET, famous telecommunication company will be a logistic partner of the coming event in the Belgian & Luxembourg Ardennes. Welcome @ WIN2! Welcome @ Telenet! We are proud and happy to announce these two new sponsor partners of the Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour.
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Wanted: retro stories going back in time

We look forward to get your stories about your earlier LCMT-adventures. Knowing well that the LCMT once started as a big adventure in 1999, we have achieved already 96 LCMT-stages untill now! As the May 2017 edition is number 19 for mountainbikers, in fact one should count even this as the number 20, since in 2002 we organized 2 LCMT's in one year: the open tour in May and the specific UCI-tour called LCMT-FLANDERS won by Dutch professional Bas van Dooren in August of the same year. So it's time to get the old heroic stories now for our Golden Book. If you have your personal LCMT-memory, send it through including pictures! You may win some of our valuable prices! Use the contact formular, the e-mail address and the Facebook page! We are looking forward to hear from you.
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FIETS.nl magazine partner LCMT 2017

FIETS.nl is media-partner for the coming LCMT. Chief-editor Rodrick de Munnik confirmed at Velofollies in Kortrijk that they look forward to cover the LCMT-event again as they did already in the past. "We will sent a team of experts to the Ardennes in May. Not only for the photography but also to write some great stories. For this reason we must select one of our better trained journalists, I suppose :)))"
For the record: FIETS.nl is a well-respected Dutch cycling magazine having a rich tradition of well-informed stories & photography always focussing on what's inspiring all cycling fanatics: bicycle innovation, preparation, mechanics, food & drinks and of course searching for the best locations to enjoy cycling, such as the environment in which the Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour is situated! 

Welcome back@LCMT, FIETS!

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Video time: exploring LCMT-trails in December!

It's Christmas time! The warmest time of the year, even in our Belgian-Luxembourg Ardennes, where the LCMT-crew is riding the new trails already. Enjoy their fast & furious actions in next preview movie and warm you up for more highlights in May '17 when exploring it yourself!

http://www.facebook.com/LuxemburgCyclingandMountainbikeTour/videos/1192550864133461/
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History Tour@LCMT1999 : Big adventure, in 9 days from the Netherlands over Ardennes to Belgian Coast!

Today back to the nineties: PIONEERS ON THEIR ADVENTURE TRAILS THROUGHOUT THE LOW COUNTRIES! Winner LCMT 1999 : Wouter ROGIERS (BEL) Runner up : Thierry Goos Third : Marcy Meeuws  Despite the long distances only short trails during the stages were used for the time-registration. The rest was recreative but of course obligational as well. Those time-trials were divided under next winners: Wouter Rogiers (4 X), Jo Naert (2 X), Thierry Goos (1X), Marcy Meeuws (1X) . Gedurende drie van de 9 (!) etappes was de top-3 van het toenmalige Belgische profmountainbiken aanwezig in de LCMT. Met name Filip Meirhaeghe, Peter Van den Abeele en Roel Paulissen maakten toen hun opwachting en verbroederden spontaan met het net geen 80 koppen tellende deelnemersveld. Op de eerste 3 dagen startten er trouwens ruim 120 mountainbikers. De formule liet toen toe om 3 van de 9 ritten uit te pikken. Vooral de 3 Ardennen-dagen kenden hierbij succes. Do you remember the original stages of that first year? Here is the whole itinerary? Stage 1: Gulpen (Nederlands Limburg) - Bütgenbach (1st start on 7 August 1999). Stage 2: Bütgenbach - Houffalize (1ste X in current hotel then known as Ol Fosse d'Outh!) Stage 3: Houffalize - Rochefort Stage 4: Rochefort - Citadelle of Namur Stage 5: Namur - Halle (nearby Brussels) Stage 6: (Halle) - Geraardsbergen - Ronse Stage 7: Ronse - Ieper (Ypres) Stage 8: Zillebeke (Ieper) - Heuvellandse bergzone - Rodeberg Stage 9: Rodeberg - De Panne Beach
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Congratulations to LILIANE MEGANCK, she wins the Poppyshirt (Armistice action)

Liliane Meganck from Brasschaat near Antwerp has subscribed for the LCMT Road Tour during the 24 hours of our Armistice action. She was one of many but so lucky to be drawn! Shirt and bikeshort will be sent to her place now, after telling us her size-details. To check these visit: www.poppyshirt.com!
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11 November-action today: get your LCMT-participation & win the official Poppyshirt & -short as well!

Armistice Day on November 11th, 98 years after the Great War finally took an end. Today’s special offer for those who subscribe for next spring’s Luxemburg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour: you can win the offical Poppyshirt & bikehort if you subscribe between 11.00 hours (moment when the Armistice was officially declared) and 11.00 hrs tomorrow (November, 12th). One of you will receive this unique present (it will be sent to your homeplace). All other subscribers (if you are a registrated LCMT-2017-rider) during this 24 hours have also the unique opportunity to order now such a Poppyshirt for €45 only. Normal price = €57 (bodyfit model). If you are not living in Belgium only €5 extra shipment costs will be charged. Use the contact formular and give us your size number. Just to help you: visit the Poppyshirt website: http://poppyshirt.com/Size%20Chart.html
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Welcome on the new website of the LCMT!

Blood, sweat and tears, but there he is: the renovated, brand new website of the LCMT! No piece of cake to transfer everything of the old site + so many new items in a complete new system. We had to learn and study a lot of IT recently. But now ready again to take our bicycles and working out the best thinkable bike trails in Belgian & Luxembourg Ardennes for you in May 2017. This interactive website is meant to be an excellent communication tool with all riders who will participate, whether the coming edition, whether in a slightly further future to this unique bike event in the marvellous environment of the Ardennes. So, follow us here and on Facebook! And still a better suggestion: join us on your bike en of May 2017! You simply won't regret is. Because the LCMT is the place to be for mountainbikers, road cyclists, the combination fanatics and from now on even the triathlonmen and -women!
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Do I choose for mountainbike, road cycling of both? Or even triathlon or cross-duathlon!

A hard choice to make since we have 3 days of mountainbiking and 3 days of road cycling in this LCMT-event.
3 more options are now to be considered: the 'combination tour', whicht is on day 1 & 3 = use your road bicycle; on day 2 & 4 = go on your mountainbike!
Or you may ride the 4 days triathlon "King of the Ardennes": running, swimming and 3 days road cycling + final day on the mountainbike!
Now to complete our story we added the cross-duathlon: 3 days mountainbike, but also 2 times a day a trail run is waiting for you! Make a choice and achieve your personal goals!



Wat wordt het straks voor jou? 

  1. MOUNTAINBIKE: 3-daagse 31/5 - 2/6 keuzes uit COMPETITIE XL-afstand, COMPETITIE 'large-afstand' en RECREATIEF (XL, Large of Medium-afstand)
  2. CYCLO: weg-3-daagse 30/5 - 1/6 keuze uit CHRONO (goud - zilver - brons) XL-afstand of Large-afstand en RECREATIEF (XL, Large of Medium-afstand)
  3. COMBI-TOUR: vierdaagse 30/5 - 2/6 enkel COMPETITIEF XL-afstand (dag 1 en 3 op de koersfiets, dag 2 en 4 op de mountainbike, laatste dag wel slechts de 'large'-mtb)
  4. TRIATHLON: vierdaagse 30/5 - 2/6 enkel  COMPETITIEF maar 2 afstandkeuzes zijnde XL-triathlon en 'Large'-triathlon (bij dit laatste fiets je 3 dagen 'Large'-cyclo). 3 dagen op de koersfiets, laatste dag 'Large'-MTB, aangevuld met loop- en zwemproeven (details onder triathlon-pagina).
  5. CROSS-DUATHLON: 3-daagse 31/5 - 2/6 enkel COMPETITIEF, dagelijks eerst 6 km lopen, dan de 'Large-MTB-etappe' en finaal nog eens 6 km lopen.
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How to arrange lodgings?

If you want the best price, subscribe NOW! 
With or without our hotel formula? This is entirely up to you! Go to our REGISTER page. First things first = to subscribe for our cycling & mountainbike tour, make a choice whether you want to mountainbike, cycle on road bike. Or perhaps you prefer the 'combi'-formula, the challenge of triathlon or cross-duathlon.
Also to be mentionned under mountainbike or road tour: with or without timings.

For your lodgings, several options available, but most participants will first check facilities in Vayamundo Hotel in Houffalize. This hotel will keep all rooms 'exclusively' for LCMT-riders untill 30 November only.

Of course, it's also possible to arrange your own lodgings elsewhere. Anyway, one can subscribe only till the LCMT is fully booked (600 tickets). By subscribing before New Yearsday, you are allowed only to pay a 100 EUR downpayment. The rest can be done before end of February. Cancelling is still possible, read our special terms on that particular subject in 'regulations' (under INFO).
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What kind of a cyclist am I?

What kind of a cyclist am I?
If you can say YES to one of the following describings, the LCMT is certainly typecasted for you!

  • Competitive cyclist and having a good basic condition & well trained? --> choose XL-rides with or without time registration
  • Recreative biker but pretty well trained and you are kicking on climbings (and downhills)? --> choose the XL or why not someday a Large-track >
  • You kick on competition but on shorter distances? --> from now on also the 'large'-distance in our mountainbike tour will result in a seperate ranking. Same story for our triathlon!
  • Recreative biker with busy job and sometimes a lack of training time? --> use the LCMT tour to get in your best shape again! --> go for  ‘medium’-distances or perhaps the 'large'-stages!
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La Fraineuse in Spa, fantastic new accommodation for LCMT 2022 !

No doubt, this will be the LCMT's best-facilitated start and finish area ever! The move to Spa promises nothing but good. A year later than anticipated, covid ghost you know, Biking Events is up to cruising speed to give the 22nd LCMT a new dynamic.

Not only are we heading for a record number of participants (little compensation for 2 years of nothing...), above all there is the new drive that comes from the enthusiasm in and around Spa. The LCMT will settle in La Fraineuse, at the foot of the "Château" of the same name. A Grand Cru château in terms of sports facilities, because it has been set up as an ADEPS sports centre. You pass the Hotel Olympic just a little earlier when you enter the Avenue Amédée Hesse.

As for the triathletes, we are seeking permission to swim in the nearby Lac de Warfooz. But it is above all the extensive and versatile accommodation and sports infrastructure on the domain of La Fraineuse itself that fits LCMT 2022 like a glove.

Siteplan explanation

Take a look at the plan of the site. You see the hall of sports at the entrance where you can pick-up your starting package. You also see 2 big parkings. Chalet residents have their own parking (see at the bottom of the plan).

The meeting point at the start is basically at the foot of the castle, on the edge of the athletics track. Because the mountain biker peloton will be quite large, the fun riders (non-competition) will take up positions on the football field.

The dispatch of the organization will be located in an outbuilding next to the château. The Red Cross, the doctor's office and the massage team will also be installed there. The mechanics are nearby the same building before and after the stages. A covered, semi-open courtyard and a lockable room in the building are provided exclusively for bicycle mechanical support.

How to reach the finish?

How do mountainbikers reach the finish? The purple line shows the trajectory. An off-road single track actually runs parallel there and may be roped off for off-road bikers. The road itself is in fact currently off-road as it is in pretty bad condition. The municipality of Spa normally provides this with a new asphalt layer before the start of the LCMT. Then racing cyclists can also reach the finish line using this track. If those works are not completed in time, a 'ravel' runs parallel to this path just outside the domain. It's just a little smaller. We have to wait and see how quickly the new asphalt top layer will come, but in itself it is not a disadvantage to take the parallel ravel.

In and around the arrival area there is plenty of room for appropriate decoration of the event. And finally, at the water basin, you can see where the bike wash will be located. In short, in terms of clarity and facilities, both participants and organization will lack for nothing in La Fraineuse. Spa, here we come!

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