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Bergs and Valleys in the foothills of the Ardennes - Valkenburg, The Netherlands

Former professional cross-country mountain biker and Dutch champion, Marc Bouwmeester is one of ten Shimano riders who have created and shared their e-MTB route with us, for this one Bouwmeester takes us on a tour of the rolling hills of Valkenburg.

Many people have the perception that Holland is flat, too flat for mountain biking, but Valkenburg is an awesome place to ride. Whilst it might not have huge mountains its rolling, hilly countryside is beautiful and peaceful and offers plenty of variation and challenge for e-MTB riders.

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Valkenburg is a charming small city, rich in history and surrounded by lush, fertile green fields and pockets of woodland. It is an area passionate about cycling having hosted the UCI World Road Cycling Championships a record five times and the Tour de France twice. The Cauberg, a notorious steep hill just outside Valkenburg, is used every year for an international cyclo-cross event and was the World Championship venue for 2018. This is definitely an area that knows cycling. Valkenburg attracts many cyclists of all abilities, it is not all about professionals and this is one of the reasons that the Shimano Experience Centre is in Valkenburg.

There are hundreds of kilometres of marked trails that can be accessed from the Shimano Experience Centre and a huge network of interconnected routes perfect for exploring by e-MTB. Marc Bouwmeester offers a small flavour of the riding with his route, but once completed you can follow the many other trails to explore even deeper into the countryside.

An e-mountain bike gives you the power to explore new grounds - where will you take yours? Tell us at @Shimanoebike

The Netherlands, Valkenburg

Green rolling hills, fields and woodlands criss-crossed with marked trails makes this a great first riding experience. 
Marc Bouwmeester | @marcbouwmeester_