Limburg will host the 2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. Within the province, the city of Valkenburg has hosted five UCI Road World Championships, most recently in 2012, as well as many other major cycling events, including the Amstel Gold Race. Over 100 cycling competitions take place in the province of Limburg each year.
Cycling “runs through our veins”, they say, and this is evident - particularly in Valkenburg - from the level of interest in cycling in the town and in the provision of high quality facilities for everyday cycling. The town benefits markedly from cycle tourism of all types, including those making a ‘pilgrimage’ to the Cauberg, the spiritual home of cycling in the Netherlands.
A ‘Cycling Hotel’ and museum are currently being developed in Valkenburg, alongside a permanent Shimano Experience Centre – to open in 2017 – which will further cement the town’s reputation as the main destination for cycling in the area. Elsewhere in Limburg, there are plans for additional sports and leisure cycling facilities.
Limburg has a long-term strategy to increase cycle use, as well as a 5-year investment plan in cycling infrastructure and programmes. Over €34m was spent on cycling infrastructure in 2016 and a strategy is in place to match the national average for trips by bike, which means an increase from 22% to 27% by 2022.
|Limburg Governor Valkenburg||Theo Bovens|
|Limburg||2,153 km2 (831 sq mi)|
|Valkenburg||36.92 km2 (14.25 sq mi)|
|Valkenburg||16,650 (May 2014)|
|Bicycle Modal Share/Trips by bike - Limburg|
|Target by 2022||27%|