Rainbow Gravel Ride

Brace yourself for a day full of gravel on Sunday October 6th, because alongside the World Gravel Championship, the Rainbow Gravel Ride is on the programme! Before the absolute world top of the gravel peloton will battle for the rainbow jersey, you will get the chance to explore the beautiful course. Gravel a few hours ahead of the pros on the same course and then cheer for your favourite riders!

During the Rainbow Gravel Ride, you will have the opportunity to gravel the local loop in Leuven of about 50 km. With a mix of challenging gravel sections, forest paths and unspoilt nature, the Rainbow Gravel Ride is a not-to-be-missed gem for any gravel lover! The beautiful nature along the way will make you forget your efforts for a while. Discover the beauty of the region from your gravel bike!


Discover the course

From the start in Leuven, you quickly dive into the National Park Brabantse Wouden National Park. Only since 13 October 2023, this magnificent nature reserve has been designated a National Park. During the Rainbow Gravel Ride, you are almost constantly in the Meerdal forest. Lush forests, untouched nature, real gravel sections,… As a gravel rider, you will soon feel at home.

Riding through beautiful and well-maintained paths, you’ll cycle almost as far as Bierbeek, after which you cross over to Sint-Joris-Weert along the Weertsedreef. A small loop takes you to the iconic Zoet Water. The spot where last year’s epic European/Belgian Gravel Championships ended with Jasper Stuyven as the winner. Then the challenging ‘Poggio of Heverleebos’ awaits, after which you continue your way over some enchanting gravel roads in Heverleebos, along the idyllic banks of the Dijle, until you finally reach the finish zone of the Gravel World Championships in the vibrant city centre of Leuven.

Enjoy a challenging course in the heart of the city and throw your arms in the air under the finish arch, just like the future gravel world champion will do. Then you can quietly ‘roll’ to the finish line, ready to enjoy the Gravel World Championships. Support along the course where you just rode, or cheer on your favourite in the city centre. A day full of gravel not to be missed!

50 km // 300hm

Start & finish: Leuven

Online registrations (until Saturday 5 October 23h59)

Below are all the rates for the Rainbow Gravel Ride.


Special price (until 05/10/2024)

Day registration (06/10/2024)     

50 km

€ 25

€ 30

Would you rather register on site?

That’s possible, and we will give you your frame plate immediately after payment. The registration stand in Leuven will be open on Sunday 6 October 2024 from 09h30 – 10h30. At 10h00, the starting gun will sound and you can start your gravel ride.

Group registrations (until Sunday 22 September 23h59)

Would you like to take on the challenge together with colleagues and friends? Then you can register as a group until Sunday 22 September.

Practical info

The organisation provides sufficient parking close to start and finish. This way you can safely park your car.

The exact address will appear here soon.

Start and finish location

Sporthal Heverlee (3001, Hertogstraat 182, 3001 Leuven)

Start times


At 13h, everyone must compulsorily leave the course to ensure the safety of the pro race. As a result, you can start the Rainbow Gravel Ride from 10h to 10h30. Early starters and fast gravel riders can do 2x the loop themselves if they reach the finish line before 13h.

Starting is possible between 10h and 10h30. This gives you plenty of time to cover the course, be at the finish line on time and be ready to cheer on your favourite rider!

  • A frame plate
  • Provisioning en route
  • Free coffee at the start
  • Medal
  • Medical service & technical assistance at supplies and start/finish
  • Insurance (no helmet = not insured)
  • Signallers on the course and at the start/finish location
  • A signposted route
  • Guarded bicycle shed
  • Changing rooms & showers
  • Enjoy the World Gravel Championship after the finish!

Scan & ride

Register online and receive your ticket via email. This way, you can immediately collect your frame plate upon presentation of your ticket at the Scan & Ride counters and you won’t have to get off your bike!

Day registration

Would you rather register on site? Then be sure to place your bike in the secure bike park!

The registration booth will be open on Sunday 6 October 2024 from 09h30-10h30. At 10h00, the starting gun will sound and you can start your gravel ride.

During your ride, enjoy an extensive supply of sports drinks, water and a wide range of biscuits and fruit.

*Supply only on presentation of the frame badge!

Everyone is required to leave the course at 13h. So be sure to start your gravel ride on time and be back at the finish on time. The finish line officially closes at 13h.

Changing rooms and showers

Provided changing rooms and showers will be displayed here soon.

Breakdown on the road?

Technical assistance is provided at the start and refreshments. Can’t get there? Then call the emergency number on the back of your frame to make use of our mobile breakdown service.

Medical assistance is available at the start and at the feeding stations. In case of urgent medical assistance, call 112.


Can I pass on or resell my registration to someone else?

This is possible on your own initiative. Please contact info@golazo.be by 22 September 2024 at the latest.


The organiser advises everyone to avoid strenuous efforts for which you are not physically prepared. Make sensible choices regarding the distance you want to cover and/or the pace you want to impose on your body.

If you want to perform sports at a high intensity, it is best to have yourself checked annually by a (sports) doctor. The submission of medical certificates is not compulsory.

It is up to the athlete to decide how to deal with the information provided during a medical check-up. The organiser bears no responsibility in this respect.

Do you feel sick, cough, sneeze or have a fever? Given the current health situation, we advise you to stay at home and not come to the event.


The Gravel World Championships aims to be the greenest and cleanest gravelevent and is committed to sustainability. As a participant of Rainbow Gravel Ride, you too play a role and can do your bit! How? Respect the highway code, comply with traffic regulations, be courteous to other participants, don’t leave rubbish behind, don’t urinate in public and have respect for nature. We count on a sporting attitude from all participants. This way, together we will ensure a clean Gravel World Championship! Thank you!