Hicle Cycle Route of the Year

The aim of the Hicle Cycle Route of the Year competition is to stimulate regional governments and tourist services to put good quality cycle routes in place. You can apply new or recently radically renewed routes for this. Routes in your own country or routes abroad are eligible. An independent jury will evaluate these and announce the winner during the Fair in Utrecht.

You could submit routes for the 2025 election until June 1st 2024. 

Read below the criteria on which the routes are assessed.


Judging criteria bicycle route

Criteria bicycle route

  • new route or recently radically modified route
  • multi-day route (minimum 130 km)
  • own signage (node routes: only with 'own' signs, or logo/sticker) on the entire route
  • as many separate cycle paths or quiet roads as possible
  • good quality road surface
  • safe route (little traffic, no dangerous obstacles)

Judgement based on

  • scenic beauty and variation
  • separate cycle paths, or very quiet country roads
  • no traffic or industrial noise
  • as few crossings of roads with motorised traffic as possible, and safe crossings where present
  • quality of the road surface
  • signage should be present, but not disturbing in the landscape
  • facilities like benches and picnic tables at right spots
  • sufficient provision of food and drink outlets
  • bike repair facilities and overnight accommodation and information about these
  • information about special flora and fauna 
  • clear website, guide book or map
  • suitable for children and older cyclists
  • no conflicting situations between users
  • a minimum of bothersome barriers like gates, thresholds and stiles
  • access to public transport with a bicycle at the start, end and various points between
  • originality of the theme
  • creativity in removing barriers
  • added value of the route (for example adding the missing link between routes)
  • other points that make the route really special

Winners Hicle Cycle route of the Year

2024 Van Gogh Drenthe Fietsroutes in the Netherlands
2023 EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena in Belgium
2022 Royal Canal Greenway (Ireland)
2021 Iron Curtain Route from Gmünd in Austria to Bratislava in Slovakia
2020 La Dolce Via (France)
2019 N8 Baltic Sea Route (Denmark)
2018 Kattegattleden (Sweden)
2017 La Vélo Francette (France)
2016 Van Goghroute (Netherlands)
2015 Alpe Adria Radweg (Austria and Italy)
2014 Vennbahn (Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg)
2013 Vélodyssée (France)
2012 Havelradweg (Germany)
2011 Radwegenetz Dahner Felsenland (Germany)
2010 Voie verte Trans-Ardennes (France)