Brussels, as seen by its cyclists

Brussels, as seen by its cyclists :: © cactus brussel à vélo

This article dates from 2019, the year Brussels hosted the start of the Tour de France. It remains relevant today.

Well-known Brussels inhabitants are on hand to take you by bike through the neighbourhoods they love.

2019 is a special year for Brussels as the city is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx's first victory in the Tour de France and hosting the Grand Départ of the 2019 Tour de France. It's a unique opportunity for the European capital to celebrate cycling and to highlight its cultural heritage. Through their video testimonies, Olivia Borlée, Michaël Roskam and Nick Ramoudt take us on two wheels to visit "their Brussels". Let yourself be guided by the cyclists of Brussels.

  • Olivia Borlée

    Neighbourhood: Uccle Saint-Pierre
    Age: 33
    Occupation: Designer (former Olympic champion)
    Cyclist since day 1



    Brussels by bike

    Olivia uses her bike to commute to work and to her meetups in the Dansaert neighbourhood. When her training on the track is not demanding enough, she cycles to the Trois Tilleuls stadium in Boitsfort. 

    Her favourite neighbourhood

    Olivia loves walking around the Flagey neighbourhood. Having studied at the La Cambre in the neighbourhood, she likes to stroll along the Ixelles Ponds and sit on the terrace of the Belga during the summer. 

    View of the city

    Several places in Brussels offer a panoramic view of the city, but Olivia's favourite is the breathtaking view of the historic centre of the capital from the Mont des Arts.

    Brussels, a green city

    Brussels has over 8000 hectares of green space, or nearly half the region. Olivia loves to walk in the Bois de la Cambre, one of the many parks abundant throughout the capital. A green oasis with over 122 hectares, the Bois truly allows oneself to disconnect.

  • Michaël R. Roskam

    Neighbourhood: Canal
    Age: 46
    Occupation: Director (Bullhead, Racer and the Jailbird, The Drop, etc.)
    Has been a cyclist for some time



    Brussels by bike

    Michaël primarily uses his bike for rides along the banks of the canal and in the Dansaert neighbourhood. He also takes it for a spin around each part of the capital alongside the Brussels public transport.

    His favourite neighbourhood

    Michaël highly enjoys strolling around the Dansaert neighbourhood and the Rue de Flandres in the centre of Brussels. He likes to sit and sip a delicious cocktail from Life is Beautiful.  Then, he will head towards Velofixer to repair or accessorise his bike.

    View of the city

    With his eye as a director, he likes to take in the view from the bridge that overlooks the Parckfarm on the outskirts of Tour & Taxis.

    The Tour & Taxis greenbelt

    Michaël quite likes to stroll through the Tour & Taxis park to breathe and enjoy the beauty and architectural contrast with the neighbouring buildings. Inaugurated in 2014, this park is a true cultural meeting place for the residents of the Laeken, Molenbeek, and Brussels city neighbourhoods.

  • Nick Ramoudt

    Neighbourhood: The Marolles
    Age: 44
    Occupation: (Former) manager of the Fuse nightclub
    Cyclist since 2005



    Brussels by bike

    Nick regularly cycles to Fuse. For as long as he has been able, he has cycled to seamlessly attend his meetings.

    His favourite neighbourhood

    As soon as we asked which Brussels neighbourhood he liked to roam through, Nick did not hesitate to reply, 'The Marolles'. Having lived in the neighbourhood for years, he likes to grab a coffee on the terrace of the La Clef d'Or and look for good deals on vinyl records in the Place du Jeu de Balle flea market.

    View of the city

    For Nick, one of the most beautiful views of the city is found atop Forest Park.

    Forest and its park

    When Nick needs to take a break among greenery, he goes to Forest Park. Bordered by the gorgeous Avenue des Villas, it offers 13.5 hectares of greenery to enjoy a moment of relaxation while remaining close to the city's lively atmosphere.