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Newsletter LCMT 2019 - 10 March '19
Here you can read the newsletter for all registered LCMT-participants on today. Each registered participant will receive the newsletters also sent by e-mail! Check out the spam!
See also the video that we made about the new and spacious start/finish environment on and around the football stadium of RESC Houffaloise!
Practical arrangements are already made in and around Houffalize:
- the new start/finish location will be built with a large tent (300 seats capacity): all registration packets can be picked up there + the space is also used for buffet dinner in the evening and breakfast in the morning.
- pre-register will of course be necessary to an estimate to the caterer
- Anyway 2 menus per night from which one can choose, this is certainly a response to the participants who are not staying at the hotel Vayamundo see also the motor-home campers.
- motorhome users: we still have a lot of place! To the cost of the electricity group pressing we ask a contribution of 15 to max. 20 EUR per day. The price drops as more mobile homes will be present. At least 1 month before we will know that price. Included here also: use of water (football stadium) and toilets/showers (in football stadium).
- There will come very soon a survey in which you shall be asked you what your options are around whether or not participate in the buffet, the same as for the final choices with or without time recording, formula (cyclo, mtb, etc ...) and distant choice (especially important if you wish time recordings). For all these issues we give you a deadline to which we want to know your answer around these issues.
Further in that survey we ask you also to pass your t-shirt-size selection.
Meanwhile, the leader's jersey design for the CROSS-DUATHLON classification has been created: it is a pristine white shirt with Navy Blue top. Compare to the MTB-yellow leader's Jersey, but the gold is here virgin-white.
We are also proud to announce the soon coming introduction of the first real LCMT-café: the BIKING BOX, a bicycle experience center including bar, tearoom and rental pick-up location in Ypres nearby the famous Menin Gate Memorial (Last Post). All participants of LCMT will be invited to come and visit us on several occasions. We have started up also a crowdfunding hoping in this way to finish the work of having this building ready for its future destination a bit faster. Use this LINK to learn all about it! And we thank you already for your support. But don’t worry, our rewards are pretty well!
New stage profiles of the mountainbike tour? Have a look!
Go to 'parcours' and 'mountainbike' to study the newest stage profiles of each track.
Book your hotel now (final days of exclusivity for LCMT-riders)
As hotel Vayamundo has his own policy for the bookings, it's now the moment to book your hotel if not yet done. We also can, help you finding suitable lodgings! So don't hesitate to contact us!
You can also park your mobilhome at the finish-zone + the organisation will provide each day superb 'sporting dinner' in the LCMT-buffet!
As for the current still available tickets for the LCMT-events itself, it's getting close also: only 20 remaining MTB-tickets and 50 road tour tickets available now...
Latest video here!
More videos about coming LCMT HERE
FAQ: How daily starts will be organized? (+ video presentation LCMT2019)
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)
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...
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)!
NEW STYLE LCMT with starts and finishes on the football stadium of Houffalize in 2019!
With over 600 participants, spread over the various LCMT-formulas, the event the last two years, gradually became too big on the logisitics at the site of hotel Vayamundo. Now as the hotel also prefers not to bring events within its own domain + a new politics in terms of bookings, we arrived after mutual agreement to move over the event on the local football stadium. More over we had a very high enthousiams within this football club "Royale Entente Houffalize". Counting 350 members the Football club of Houffalize will be the new home for LCMT in 2019. Alls starts and finishes, as well as the whole LCMT-permanence and après-bike happenings take place on and around the football stadium. Last season the club was champion and now they promote to 2nd provincial, but also went on to a merger with several surrounding smaller clubs in the surroundings. That opens already nice options in terms of supply zones with toilets (we think of the growing number of LCMT-women). Recently the football stadium was already arrival for the UCI-Pro Tour stage race ' Tour de Wallonie '. Up there on the top of the famous Saint-Roch many facilities for the LCMT will be available. Ample parkings, a large tent next to a nice canteen, ideal bicycle parking, opportunities for camper vans.
- Registrations will open in september (probably for 15/9, wait or we can follow in terms of IT)
- You will be able to finish your registration in 2 steps. First for the LCMT as bicycle event itself. After that you can use to choose links online choose how and at which accommodation in Houffalize you would like to stay. Biking Events will no longer help fill out the room puzzle, the latter at the request of Hotel Vayamundo itself. All arrangements for hotel-accommodation will be accomplished with the hotel itself. It allows the LCMT-event to focus 100% on the 'biking event' itself.
- Until the end of november Vayamundo Hotel keeps all rooms open to LCMT-participants.
- The LCMT mountain bike-formula is basically a ' national ' competition for whom competition-minded.But you still can ride it as a fun-biker.
- The other formulas, such as CYCLO, COMBI and TRIATHLON remain in the same way as they exist;
- In terms of triathlon is there a distinction between the existing XL-version and a ' LESS CYCLING' version. With the latter you can as triathlete daily the LARGE (max. 100 à 120 km per day) or on the closing day also MEDIUM-mtb version and will be separate classification.
- Te final stage of the MTB version of 3 days will be limited to 75 km.
Wacht our aftermovie now (LCMT edition 2018)
Watch our latest AFTERMOVIE here!
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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!
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.
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.
Check your hotel room here! Final update
Update room distribution in Hotel Vayamundo can be checked out here!
Use this LINK!
Your roadbook for LCMT is coming soon now!
We are actually working on the final pages, also an English translation will be available of this great LCMT-roadbook. Already now you received the Flemish version. Most of it will be quite understandable, especially time-schedules, distances and other practical info. We continue now to finish the English version before Monday evening.
Useful LINK if you want to follow your favourite mountainbiker during the stages! For GPS in your car!
Great and prestigious new Leader- and Souvenir bike shirts of LCMT 2018
Admire the wonderful LCMT-cycling jersey collection: leadershirts and of course also available as your personalized souvenir-bikeshirt! More of these pictures on our facebook pages!
Your size for the LCMT souvenir T-shirt please?
In Deutsch: eine schöne Tradition ist das LCMT-T-shirt. Geben Sie uns so schnell möglich deine Größe. Am 12ten April müssen wir die Bestellung durch geben. Wer nicht reagiert empfängt sowieso ein Medium T-shirt an den Start in Houffalize.
English: a good tradition is the famous LCMT-T-shirt! Time to give us your size if you are one of the participants!
LINK to fill in your size!
Your starting number has been reached out!
All customized starting numbers are made now. If you want to check out your name and number and in case something would not be correct, please contact us as soon as possible. Because our manufacturer is about to produce them now!
You find those numbers here on the website under 'PARTICIPANTS'.
Some interesting figures now:
160 competition-bikers versus 227 fun-mountainbikers... 4 ladies in the competition-bike tour and 42 ladies all together in this LCMT. Also 5 bike friends "aus Deutschland" and 117 cycling fanatics from Holland.
In the famous triathlon 3 ladies amongst 27 gentlemen.
If you are part of the 'elite' it means you will become 23 this year or will not yet become 40 years this year. If you are 'master 1', this means you celebrate at least 40 years in 2018. When 'master 2' = you will become 50 years or more this year. For the road tour (CYCLO) we make a calculation for gold -silver - bronze (average speed) but give some more time if you are NOT elite or male cyclist.
Professional mechanics from Fiets.be in coming LCMT-event!
At least four full-time professional bike mechanics from Fiets.be (a chain of bicycle centers in Belgium) will be at your service during coming LCMT! Extra advantage: in case you need to by some bike parts in order to fix your bicycle, all payments will be executed with bancard! No more need to bring much cash money to the event!
Bye bye winter, up to a warm and sunny LCMT-summer!
We have had it with winter 2017-18! On our way up to Houffalize, the hotel Vayamundo and Clervaux, it was all ice and snow. But the meetings passed on quite positive. In a way that we are more than ready to finalize all preparations now for coming May. One day later, we enjoyed last, almost melting snow to bike at home and created - what's in a word - our own Strade Bianchi! Enjoy this little video !
Some new partners will also be introduced coming days and weeks. Also on the 4 bike-shirts, we will announce this week what sponsors will be printed. COMPEX, HOTEL VAYAMUNDO are already certain to be on the shirts. More names later this week! It is also your last week to order this great souvenir-shirt.
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
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!
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
LCMT is FULL: +600 riders
Although the LCMT is still four months before start sporting people make already their agenda. LCMT is filling up! Today we counted 611 riders... The MTB-3 days are really complete now. We work with a reserve-list now.
For combi and triathlon you can still subscribe, though there too it's getting close now.
In the mean time we can officially publish the news that our very special triathlon-formula is accepted to be part of the LBFTD, the Triathlon-Federation of French speaking Belgium!
Enjoy also the exploration movie of our new 1st MTB-stage on Facebook (posted 6 December)
Interesting graphics on the LCMT-stages!
We recently started up to design brand new graphics on the coming LCMT-stages! See on 'parcours' to learn more. At this time only for the road-tour already done. Of course all stages, also the mountainbike-rides will get the same design. It's al part of the 'roadbook' that every rider will receive at the start.
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!
Merry Christmas & a very sporting & healthy New Year!
Never seen before: even 40th biker in competition tour receive prize-money!
Look at the table here below to discover how it works if you are a competitive mountainbiker!
Also daily top-10 prize-money and a special for the 3 best ladies (100 - 60 - 40 EUR). Still many product prizes to win.
As for the COMBI-tour and TRIATHLON we still focus on valuable prizes in products to be won!
You are a fun-biker/cyclist and non-competitive? No problem, the 4000 EUR in products will also be distributed in special tombola and facebook actions!
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!
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
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?)
Re-opening Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour 2018: 30 september at 10.15 hrs
At 10.15 hrs we open subscribe pages, precisely on the traditional starting hour of the opening stage (both LCMT cyclo and LCMT mtb start their first stage always at 10 U15 in Houffalize).
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!
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.
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.
LCMT, gezellig, gemoedelijk maar vooral SUPER!
LINK TO VIDEOS of this superb cycling, mountainbike and triathlon event!
Daily program here beside and under 'parcours'
All time schedules you should know have been posted in the column that you find on the right side of this webpage. Also under 'parcours' you find daily information. This as well as all other practical info will be gathered in a digital roadbook you might expect in your mailbox ultimately this weekend!
LINK to ROADBOOK LCMT 2017
New system for the King of the Mountains (MTB) and no more GPS-files before
In stead of the
earlier system (first who passes the top gets the maximum of points etc.) we
will take your real climbing time from foot till top of the mountain. One
condition: only the first 20 bikers will be registrated, so the points will be
distributed amongst them.
Points to win on each climbing: 12 - 10 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1
As we are convinced that our crew will make great work of all tracks (putting the signs everywhere you might need them), we do not spread any longer our GPS-information before. We also want avoid any fraud by cutting off some of the tracks by competition bikers.
OPEN "Boucles d'Houffalize" on Sunday 28 of May supporting OLLIE SCHOUPPE and his 2 kids...
The Boucles D ' houffalize modifies by return his social objective. 10 EUR will NOT like before transferred to a humanitarian project in Africa. Although this also is our concern and attention, we recently were more affected by the suffering that one of our loyal participants is badly injured and lost his wife in a tragic car accident. 10 EUR/subscriber will be adressed towards Oliver Schouppe (former LCMT-participant and normally back with us in coming event) who is still fighting to recover. He and two kids still mourn about the loss of their beloved wife and mother, Ilde Cleemput
A maximum of 400 day-tickets will be set available from February 1st till May 21th at last.
More details (e.g. about tarifs) here: www.bouclesdhouffalize.be
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
Newsletter LCMT 30 March
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.
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.
The official LCMT-cycling jersey (also for over-all leader in MTB-tour)
Stylish, irresistible LCMT-bikeshirt... is this what you like to wear if you happen to be the LCMT-leader in the MTB _ official _ competition standings? Oh, yes, of course, this is also the official souvenir-bike-shirt. on the back your name personalized. Matching bikeshort... & socks!
And look at the chest: Edition 2017 for framing. Already... registered, but not yet thought about demanding this TOP-shirt? Contact us for your order!
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.
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!
Room list in hotel during LCMT
Check your name and the room number while clicking on this link. All corrections or remarks need to be mailed back before 31st of January, so we could make the requested modifications.
Click here if you stay in Hotel Vayamundo
Click here if you stay in Hotel du Commerce (centre of Houffalize)
LCMT wishes you a very Happy New Year!
On behalf of our organisation team, we want to wish especially to all participants of coming LCMT but also to all who love to bike a very sporting, healthy and HAPPY New Year!
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!
Best Wishes & Merry Christmas, with MUC-OFF as new LCMT-partner (for your Christmas/goodiebag)
New bike cleaning partner for LCMT: MUC-OFF joins LCMT! Great support during the event in May and certainly a well appreciated gift for your goodiebag. Speaking of Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2017, LCMT is happy to introduce this high quality product!
Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour 2017 WITH HOTEL sold out!
The Luxembourg Cycling & Mountainbike Tour 2017 is sold out! Actually we are checking out all bookings on their payment and working out the room distribution. We try to find out more hotels now and we will publish the number of extra rooms as soon as we can. For the moment we can still allow participants WITHOUT hotel. Here you find the amount according to the categories: 7 mountainbikers; 14 road cyclists; 19 triathletes and 10 combi-riders.
The system to subscribe WITH hotel is still open. But please understand that we only keep it open if you accept this to be on a waiting list. In other words: if some place in the hotels still comes free, we follow the order of this list to fill in those place. We will contact every cyclist that is subscribing now personally.
We want to say thank you to ALL SUBSCRIBED LCMT-riders. Never before the hype around this great cycling & mountainbike event was so huge. We are now working harder than ever to make sure your event in May will be a superb experience.
In the mean time we continue to make deals with our partners (new and loyal old ones). This will result in a fantastic prizemoney (competitions) & very nice goodie bad. Also the recreative cyclists keep their chance on winning beautiful cycling linked products (facebook and other quiz-like competitions).
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
Sold out already: family- and singlerooms in the hotel
All single-rooms and family arrangements in the Vayamundo are already sold out for coming LCMT-event in May. Other rooms (2-persons twin beds & appartments) are still available. Estimated number of persons that still can subscribe with hotel on current date (November 26th) = 170 à 175.
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!
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
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!
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?
- MOUNTAINBIKE: 3-daagse 31/5 - 2/6 keuzes uit COMPETITIE XL-afstand, COMPETITIE 'large-afstand' en RECREATIEF (XL, Large of Medium-afstand)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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).
- 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.
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).
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!
All trail runs have been designed for coming LCMT Triathlon!
Have a look at our Triathlon-Parcours page to find out about the Trail Runs in the first LCMT Triathlon, King/Queen of the Ardennes!