Cycling and walking

Cycling & walking


The experience center explains the theory, but you should really try putting it into practice outside. Different courses, constructed against the slopes of the Balenberg, do credit to the four cycling disciplines.

Try the famous Grand Prix Sven Nys cyclo-cross track, where Belgium's best cyclo-crossers compete every year on New Year's Day. A tough, single-track mountain bike course winds between the trees. Try your tricks on the BMX freestyle track or, for daredevils, on the rock garden and dirt line. And young kids can cut loose on the pump track. Sounds too challenging? It doesn't have to be. Even without experience or lots of lung capacity, there are plenty of possibilities. And to top things off… all these courses are accessible all year round for free.

A beautiful footpath winds through the site for those who prefer something calmer and want to enjoy the natural beauty.

Practical info:

  • Access to all cycling tracks is available daily and free of charge
  • Changing rooms with showers are available for 3 euros per person
  • The center has a bike hose-down area. Fee 1 euro per bike


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TREK Rental Bikes

Bikes : MTB Hardtail or fully and cross bikes. For people as from 1,40m tall. Sizes : XS, S, M, L, XL. Normal or SPD pedals possible.

Duration and timing: 3 hours, start possible at 10h00 or 13h00.

Price: 35 euro (use of changing rooms, showers and bike hose included)

Book your bike minimum 3 days in advance via .


Pro Caliber Alu

Pro Caliber Alu/Carbon

Top Fuel Alu

Top Fuel Alu

Crockett Disc

Trek Boone Disc


A hilly region where wine slopes and fruit orchards colour the landscape, strewn with rural villages and surprising provincial towns. A bike ride or walk through Hageland is always a pleasant surprise.

The Balenberg and the Sven Nys Cycling Center is literally and figuratively the high point of many walking and cycling routes. It links up with the Flemish Brabant cycling network, Sport Vlaanderen's mountain bike track, and several walks in the area. The Balenberg is a tourist attraction for every cyclist and hiker in Hageland.

Fietsen in het Hageland

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Sven Nys Cycling Route

A cyclo-cross athlete will not get into shape by just training in the field. Athletes like Sven Nys spend much of their training time on the road in order to increase their endurance levels. As it turns out, Sven lived and trained in a beautiful region - Hageland! Sven Nys has drawn up a 93-km road loop that takes hardy cyclists past his favourite training tracks. You'll ride through the loveliest landscapes in Hageland, traverse pleasant villages, and discover Hageland's vineyards. Be prepared for a few serious calf-killers. Feel free to take a break from time to time, especially when you come across all those special places of interest.

Fietsen op en rond de Balenberg

Fietsen op en rond de Balenberg

Cycling in the Hageland region

You don't need a racing bike or mountain bike to enjoy this lovely piece of Hageland. Discover the region via four recreational cycling circuits, each with their own accents, along the nodes of the Flemish Brabant Cycling Network. These cycling circuits take you from Leuven and Aarschot to the Balenberg.

Balenberg walk

Welcome to Baal, the village of the cyclo-cross hero Sven Nys. The Balenberg is literally and figuratively the high point of this walk and a legendary spot for every cyclo-cross enthusiast. This is where, every year, the Sven Nys Grand Prix is run and on top of the hill is the Sven Nys Cycling Center, an exciting interactive centre for and about off-road cycling. You can start the walk here or in the centre of Baal.

  • Start at the Sven Nys Cycling Center or at the church in Baal
  • Distance 11.5 km
  • Signage in one direction (clockwise)
  • A printed flyer is available


Sven Nys MTB route

For mountainbike lovers there is a 23km loop through the towns of Tremelo and Betekom. The route is easy and is fully signposted.

Eddy Merckx Route in Hageland

Discover the roads where Eddy first cycled as a young boy. The Eddy Merckx Route in the Hageland region starts at the cyclists' café called Boerenhof near the church in Meensel. On your way, discover the many sights that the Hageland has to offer.

Eddy Merckxroute

Hagelandse Heuvels

Walking network Hagelandse Heuvels (Hills of Hageland)

Breathe freely in the open landscape of Hageland, where you can disappear in nature until the next village appears. The slopes of the vineyards add a southern touch; the fruit plantations provide colour (and sweet apples and pears).

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