Already during the first stop, the women rave about their home country: Luxembourg is a terrific country for cycling holidays, offering a rich variety of terrain from north to south. Today, the Velosvedettes cycle along Luxembourg’s Ardennes, an undulating, mountainous landscape with gorgeous panoramic views. They pant and chat riding uphill, stop for a quick cooling break with a view over Bourscheid castle, dart in tandem down narrow tree-lined streets and calmly cruise around small villages.
“At the beginning, we just wanted to ride together,” says Liz Van Rijswijck. “But it’s really grown into friendship and mutual support.” In 2018, Liz officially co-founded the Velosvedettes along with Tamara Jung and Xenia Pfeiffer as a group for women who enjoy touring Luxembourg together by bike. The women, who are between 25 and 65, don’t see themselves as feminists but at times do consider their group a “movement”.
“We empower each other,” says Noémie Colletin who handles the cheerful and diverse group’s social media. “If one of us is off her game, the others simply adjust their pace. I love that.” Noémie bought her first bike only three years ago. “Today, I can’t even imagine my life without cycling,” she says, laughing.
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