This is what you can get in the Biking Bar!
This pandemic crisis continues and does not allow for a reopening or real restart for the time being. The tourism sector to which we are a part continues to be hit extremely hard. The 2nd passage / start from Ghent (Ypres) - Wevelgem happened in front of the doors of the Biking Box Cycling Experience Centre once again in a bad way. Nobody was allowed to come near. Nevertheless we keep our heads high, thanks to a lot of media attention, including Radio 1-Sporza report that you can listen to below. In the meantime: renting bicycles is possible, but only by appointment.
Silence rules during this long and sad COVID-winter months. As long as this cursed virus rules our lives, we can only hope and pray for a normal life again 'soon'... But when will that be? Being part of the world of tourism, 'biking' events and 'horeca', we - amongst many others - keep our fingers crossed that we can make a brand new start in coming spring or ultimately early summer... With this video we give you at least a bit of those vibes, that all of us have missed so much in 2020..
Biking Box, the bicycle experience center for the Westhoek, has opened its doors wide again despite all the corona misery. In the Biking Bar itself it is nice to stay again. The offer has been expanded with, besides delicious breakfast formulas, also the possibility of barbecue and tapas with local regional products. For now only by appointment and for groups. The restrictive corona measures do not allow otherwise, the more so because foreign bicycle tourists remain absent. We are especially able to work out everything to your liking by reservation. This certainly also applies to bicycle tours! Guided tours in which we, as an experienced cycling guide, take everyone in tow, through the landscape but also strolling along historical stories. Where and when possible, we also literally taste the delicious local produce. Either during our Covered Table (group formula from at least 8 people). Or afterwards in the Biking Bar of course!
Biking Box Cycletours also continues to build on the future in these hard corona times. Of course, this season is largely wasted. We are still waiting for permission to rent bikes back (not before June 8, that's for sure). And in what - feasible - way this may become possible again. The bicycle café is also still flat. And the planned hiring of new top racing bicycles has been postponed for the time being. But for the rest, we try to look forward as best we can. There will be an exhibition around the last West-Flemish winner of Ghent-Wevelgem, Nico Mattan (victory in 2005). If Ghent-Wevelgem is still being run this year (October 11 is the new date), we want to have the MATTAN-EXPO ready as soon as possible and open the doors of the Biking Bar. We are nevertheless not standing still in terms of the summer program. We bring an exciting new offer around 'Cycling & Boating in De Westhoek', new thematic tours (also downloadable on GPS and using our new APP on your phone) and a beautiful sporty 3-day for both cyclists and mountain bikers (program already partly published on this website). If it is not allowed by the government this year, this is already ready for the new season.
A few days before the start of Ghent-Wevelgem, just in front of the Biking Bar... This could have been a great first anniversary party, just 12 months after what was alreaday a real stunt-opening... We had planned to write today an extraordinary, positive and enthousiast article... Full of news about new tours, programs, a VIP-day with the cycling classic of 29 March... For the first time starting in Ypres, in stead of 'Ghent'... The Biking BOX-cycling experience center was about to 'explode' in the most positive way of its significance. But then came 'corona'... Video? Klik of kopieer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WC_W8lSv3w
The Biking Bar as a haven of peace center for the bicycle fans, that's indeed what Biking Box has become. Now also with superb front terrace! See here the images during the fitting. Freddy Maertens, 2-times world champion cycling and 3-time winner of the Green Jersey in the Tour de France was also our guest, as he is the official Ambassador of Biking Box! This coincided with our multi-day "Belgian Cycling Classics ' that we organized for 20 New Zealand and Australian bicycle tourists They had a ' meet and greet ' with the cycling legend during a cosy get-together in the Biking Bar!
Biking Box... Biking Events... it's all part of our cycling experience that has been created to offer a rich and wide choice of activities. Biking Box Cycletours as such has a proven track record in the mean time, whether guided or self-guided tours in the area of In Flanders Fields. Everything so far has been done from our passionate drive for cycling and historical heritage. As a former cyclist and cycling journalist Kurt Titeca and his wife Renate Drappier, have for years worked on this concept? They satisfied an international as well as national clientele specifically focused on the hiring, supervising and organizing of cycling in and to In Flanders Fields/ Kemmelberg-area. In addition, there is Kurt's journalistic background (10 years active as professional cycling editor and publicist) . Also 20 years of experience within the "LCMT.be" as multi-day mountainbike and road cycling happenings in Belgian and Luxembourg Ardennes, In the more recent Remembrance Years Kurt operated as cycling guide in "Flanders Fields".
From this growing activity in recent years and given the need to provide a full welcome and something more ... we have launched the dream of linking the OUTDOOR cycling paradise around Ypres with the INDOOR cycling experience center. To give you an even more warm welcome and also great après bike services in the Biking Bar or on the massage table... Or just enjoy the new brilliant garden-terrace already baptized 'the WIPERS VELODEROME'. On the way to complete your "cycling experience" for Ypres and In Flanders Fields we will add all kinds of services and products that are linked to the world of cycling.
You will - as we do already - be able to get reliable touring bikes, race bicycles and of course the 'booming' E-bikes! Being a bicycle visitor you can get all suitable information about custom made tour programs, packages and numerous guided or self-guided routes ... The Biking Box cycling experience center is your best lead-out to get a brilliant day and even multi-day bike tours/holidays.
The bicycle tourist will have the opportunity to get a shower, to enjoy a nice cup of coffee before starting in the morning, and of course the best après-bike suggestions of this area! Regional cuisine or healthy sport/bike-tasting products (of course including the rich listing of local beers and even some wine from our vinyards).
Think of a yummy dessert or pancake, would this not be a tailormade sweetie for every bicycle tourist? Or just get the barista's coffees/hot chocolate? Little by little we want extend the kitchen with suitable and original food stuff.
A remarkable piece of art in a remarkable landscape: the 600.000 clay statues, representing all the dead in Belgium during World War I and for always connected with present generation. A message towards the future, expressing HOPE, represented in 40.000 kids-clay statues who break out of the huge Egg. Protection and a feeling of threatening as well. It's part of our bicycle tour in the southern part of the Ypres Salient.
A superb cycling tour, you can never beat on a car or bus: with off-road tracks (on our rental mountainbikes or hybrid bikes) we cycle from coal mine city of Lens towards the ridges of 1915 battles 'N.D. de la Lorette'. Incredible history but at the same time specific cycling fun. Also possible with E-bikes or classic bicycle on the asphalt-roads. But so much more intense when going off-road through woods and former battlefields.