Who are the Coureurs du Courage?
Who are the Coureurs du Courage?
What we do
Founded in 2016, Coureurs du Courage organises challenging trips for cyclists. Our mission is to support cyclists in realising their dreams and goals, whether this is getting in better shape or cycling a complete Grand Tour. We offer a wide range of trips, which are graded by our own category system. All trips are guided by professional and experienced staff, with a true passion for cycling. Our motto: You concentrate on cycling, we take care of the rest!
Is this for me?
You don’t have to be a (ex-)professional cyclist or pack years of experience on the bike to join our trips: passion for cycling, good health and perseverance are far more important. Our trips in the past have proven this, with people from all ages, genders and different levels of stamina joining in. Bringing people together to share their passion for cycling and 'de koers' is one of our core values!
Cycling responsibly and safely is of paramount importance to us. To guarantee this we work together with renowned coaches, always designate a road captain during our social rides, help you out with technical & nutrition support and set out a list of house rules. These can be found over here and we ask you to respect and follow these rules when riding with us.
The history of the Coureurs du Courage dates back to the 4th of May 2016. On this day we had our first meeting after having just been told a couple of days earlier that our dream and goal (of cycling the Tour de France one day ahead of the pro’s) might not take place this year. “To hell with it!” we said that memorable day and decided to organise it ourselves. A courageous and heroic feat, by a couple of 'cycling tourists' – as we were mockingly called by a former Tour de France-rider. But how do you go from being just a participant to an organizer in barely two months? And will we have enough time available besides our day-time jobs to pull this off?
All this mockery, bad fortune and doubt didn’t hold us back and it was therefore only logical to name ourselves 'Coureurs du Courage': only bravery, heroism is what it took for us to complete the most daring challenge of our lifetime. The name kind of grew on us during the Tour and will always be a reminder of what it takes to cycle something so extreme as a Tour de France: COURAGE!
The lead man behind Coureurs du Courage is Daan Loeffen. His passion for the course comes from watching the Tour de France at the camping poolside bar as a little boy. This passion has turned into a cycling fever in which experiencing the fun and challenge of cycling yourself come first. This has resulted in many challenging bike trips all around the world. As a participant, guide and off course organizer. He has ‘infected’ several people with his cycling virus and believes many will follow.
As Coureurs du Courage, we believe in the power of being strong together. You cannot cycle a Tour alone, so we are happy to help build the cycling community in our country. We therefore have a warm heart for the following people / companies / sites:
Here you can read everything about cycling in South Limburg. You can download various (free!) routes and there are many useful tips for (starting) cyclists. Beautiful portal to explore The Dutch Mountains!
The Eindhoven Cycling Cafe. The ideal base for a tour in the area. Open every day and they also broadcast all (important) cycling races on a big screen. Cheers!
Jos Kramer is De Gangmaker. Besides the fact that he organizes many great Social Rides, he also has a lot of knowledge of coffee, beer, wine & De Koers. Organizing something around the race with a drink or snack? Jos is your man!
You can come to 2RIDE.NL for all your logistical and material challenges in the field of cycling. With expert, enthusiastic and personal advice, this is highly recommended. Renting bicycles? 2RIDE helps you on your way!
At the bottom of the Amerongse Berg you find bicycle cafe De Proloog. Top location in an even nicer area, in the middle of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. A nice extra: they offer (free!) routes for a great ride!
In search of an address to train in the spring or autumn? Check out the website of Bici de la Luz. Dutch owners Bart and Suus give you a personal and professional tour around the Alpujarras, a marvellous cycling area. A welcome change to the usual suspects Girona or Mallorca.