The Van Gogh cycle route Brabant has been named as the European Cycle Route of the Year 2016
The Van Gogh cycle route
Brabant has been named as the European Cycle Route of the Year
2016. Cyclists can enjoy not only Van Gogh but also the lovely
Brabant countryside on this 335 kilometre cycle route. The
Commissioner for Brabant, Henri Swinkels accepted the cycle trophy
during the Cycling and Walking Fair in the Utrecht Exhibition
Centre on Saturday 20 February.
There were three other nominations in the race for the title of
European Cycle Route of the Year 2016 in addition to the Van Gogh
route: La Vélofrancette (France), the Herzroute (Switzerland) and
the Picardy Wallonia cycle network (Belgium). The jury was
impressed by the 'Vincent van Gogh' theme. "The route takes you
through various parts of North Brabant where the famous artist
lived and worked. In some places the countryside looks just the
same as when Van Gogh captured it on canvas," states the jury's
The flexible arrangement of the route and the signposting were
also praised by the jury members. "Cyclists can choose one large
circular route of 335 kilometres or five shorter cycle routes which
can each be completed in one day." The jury had one more
commendation about the route booklet: spiral bound with loose-leaf
maps showing sections of the route. "The layout is clear, with the
right information and everything is well designed. A lot of thought
has obviously gone into this book."
More details of the Van Gogh cycle route can be found on visitbrabant.nl/vangoghfietsroute. This
website is currently only in Dutch but you can download a PDF
version of the booklet in English by clicking on the 'Download
hier de engelstalige variant' link near the bottom of the
Henri Swinkels, Commissioner for Social Welfare and Culture for
the province of Noord-Brabant: "Here in Brabant we are proud of the
rich heritage we have inherited from Van Gogh across our province.
This encourages many national and international visitors to
Brabant. We are honoured that the Cycling and Walking Fair jury has
named the Van Gogh route as the European Cycle Route of the Year
2016. This is one step towards our ambition to become the leading
cycling province in the Netherlands in 2020."
Heleen Huisjes, director of VisitBrabant: "The Van Gogh cycle
route not only allows you to tread in the footsteps of this
celebrated artist, it is also a unique way to discover our
beautiful province. By embracing Brabant icons such as Van Gogh, we
are putting Brabant firmly on the map as a tourist destination. We
are therefore immensely proud of this award!"
About the award
The Van Gogh cycle route takes over from the Alpe Adria Radweg,
which was awarded the trophy in 2015. The Cycling and Walking Fair
uses this award to stimulate cycling at home and abroad and to
encourage public authorities to create attractive cycle routes.
The award ceremony took place on Saturday 20 February at the
Utrecht Exhibition Centre.