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cycling and cross-country

 

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For many years now, cycle races have been increasing in popularity. Cycling as a sport in Thimister reached its zenith in 1962 when a Thimisterian won the world title. Yes, on 1st September 1962 in Salo, Italy, Marie-Rose Gaillard won the main title, to the great pleasure of all the local population.

Every year from 1978 to 2008, the cycle club expertly organised several races, some for young people, and some just for young girls. From the Belgian, Walloon and provincial races and the Triptyque des Ardennes Championships to lesser known races there are plenty of occasions for lovers of cycling to meet up.

Since 2008, the communal administration, in partnership with la Société Flèche Ardennaise and la Jeunesse de Thimister has organised "Liège - La Gleize", a trial race for international amateurs held on the first weekend in August.

Lovers of cross-country cycling, make a note in your diaries for your favourite sport on the first Sunday in July. On that day, le Cercle Familial organises a 12-25 km race; a big outing that cross-country cyclists will not want to miss for anything in the world.

Most of the circuit follows the old railway 38 line and small paths lined with thousands of flowers in bloom at this time of the year.