Baltic Sea Route is Cycling
Route of the Year 2019
The N8 Baltic Sea Route in Denmark has been chosen as Cycling Route of the Year 2019. The presentation of the trophy that accompanies the award was made by the jury to the representatives of the route on the opening day of the ‘Fiets en Wandelbeurs’ at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.
The Baltic Sea Route is 820 km long, making it the longest national cycling route in Denmark. Running via no fewer than twelve islands, eight bridges and five ferries, it conveys the cyclist along the coastline that alternates between lovely and gentle to wild and rugged. From sandy beaches to cliffs. The route was established many years ago, but has been radically renewed and reconfigured to form a figure of eight.
New cycle paths
'A large part of the route is very peaceful,' according to the jury’s report. 'New cycle paths have been laid which are far away from the motorways. The signposting is excellent. Facilities have been thoughtfully provided with picnic places, coffee kiosks, B&B’s and camping sites.'
The jury gave honourable mentions and accompanying certificates to four other routes nominated for the trophy: Ciro Bike Trail in Bosnia-Herzegovina, La Véloscénie in France, Romeinse Limesroute in the Netherlands and the Sydostleden in Sweden.
The N8 Baltic Sea Route is the successor to the Kattegattleden in Sweden, the Cycle Route of the Year 2018. The members of the jury: Wouter Bazen, Jessica de Korte, Luc Oteman and Bert Sitters.
The Cycle Route of the Year is an initiative of the ‘Fiets en Wandelbeurs’. The aim being to stimulate governments, regional tourist authorities and services to lay out multi-day cycle trails.