"Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride" Eddy Merckx

Take a moment to hydrate

Cycling is in our blood, but so is taking a moment to relax after that last steep climb or long cobble section. Make sure you stop by these bars to experience what cycling is really all about here in Flanders.

Before you start climbing the last and steepest meters of the Muur in Geraardsbergen it could be advisable to take a short break at ‘t Hemelryck. Don’t forget to eat a ‘mattentaart’, a local cake made with curdled milk.
Address: Oudenberg 2, 9500 Geraardsbergen

Café Klein Zwitserland used to be a lock keepers house on the Zwalm river. Hidden between old trees, it’s a quiet place where you can enjoy a Trappist or any other special beer. Only open during weekends.
Address: Galerijpad 3 , 6930 Sint-Maria-Latem

When entering In den Hengst it’s like going back in time. This is a very authentic bar near the top of the Valkenberg. There is no tap beer, but An serves the best bottled regional beers in her cosy bar on the course of the Tour of Flanders.
Address: Twaalfbunderstraat 53, 9660 Nederbrakel

Bij Moeder Agnes is a quiet café around the corner from Ten Bosse.
Address: Olifantstraat 6, 9660 Nederbrakel

Cyclists are always welcome In den Trap op, not far from brewery Roman and the cobbles of the Haaghoek. Take a moment to relax with a fine beer, thinking about those terrible cobbles you’ve just passed or the ones you will be facing in a couple of minutes.
Address: Heerweg 45, 9667 Horebeke

Het Genot Op Den Berg is one of those pubs that not only offer the exhausted cyclists a drink, but also a good meal. And we are pretty sure you’ll need it, because this pub can only be reached after a climb on one of those typical Flemish bergs.
Address: Bovenstraat 4, 9680 Maarkedal

In De Zon, on the Kwaremont square, is only open on certain special occasions, like the Tour of Flanders. Enjoy a trappist, whilst sitting on the square facing the old bell tower.
Address: Kwaremontplein 13, 9690 Kwaremont

There is only one place in Flanders where you can literally eat and drink cycling, the brasserie The Flandrien. Order their house beer, called ‘Flandrien’ or ask for a ‘Kwaremont beer’ and a spaghetti ‘Boononaise’. This brasserie is located at the Tour of Flanders Centre and is tastefully decorated with Tour of Flanders memorabilia. Be inspired to face the Kwaremont and imagine yourself to be Tom Boonen.
Address: Markt 45, 9700 Oudenaarde

Het Wiel is owned by Chris Peers, former pro cyclist for the Lotto and Cofidis team. Talk to him about the upcoming races or exchange experience with the many cyclo’s passing by.
Address: Hoogstraat 17, 9770 Kruishoutem

Photo: © Koen De Langhe

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Discover what cycling is all about in ‘In den Hengst’.