Bike Friends Network
Enabling visitors to get ahead of the peloton a community based Bike Friends Network is a new scheme which is signposted by a series of small, red 'Bike Friend' symbols. The scheme has brought together over 30 participating hotels, attractions, shops and cafes in Vejle and the surrounding area with the aim of providing a little extra hospitality for its two wheeled guests.
Along the way there are places to get a repair kit or borrow a bicycle pump, maps to indicate the safest local bike routes and stops to take on water, buy refreshments or take a comfort break.
Varying in length and challenge, options include:
The hilliest routes
Denmark's undisputed toughest bike route, a 230 km trail with 3,000 thigh burning metres of total ascent. The route, which is on the outskirts of Vejle, offers several loops to reach all the hills in the Vejle Ådal valley whilst avoiding roads with heavy traffic and forms part of 16 new Super Routes across the region. These can be downloaded to a bike computer, allowing GPS to be the guide. The towns of Jelling, Børkop, Give and Egtved also offer their own Super Routes and with very different challenge levels on each of the routes, there is something for everyone.
For Mountain bike enthusiasts
In August 2020, the brand-new Vejle Bikepark opened in the forest of Sønderskoven. The bike park has five different levels of difficulty ranging from 'easy' to 'extreme', including two-metre high jumps and almost 100 different challenges, and easy access nearby to an eight km Mountain bike track.
It is part of a further option to go off-road on a series of 12 signposted mountain bike tracks. Stretching over 58 km in total, one possibility is a route through the rolling woodlands of Nørreskoven on the outskirts of Vejle. The 5km route meanders along both sides of the steep gorge of Bybækken, looping in a figure of eight and features two different difficulty levels. The 3km blue loop is aimed at recreational mountain bikers, whilst the red loop has steep and very challenging assents and descents which are more suited for experienced riders to test their skills along serpentine downhill single-tracks requiring more technical know-how.
Family friendly options
For a more leisurely ride cyclists can take a journey through Danish history on the Medieval Route from Jelling to Lunderskov. Pedaling through meadows and near ancient burial sites, the pathway follows the route of an historic thoroughfare for wayfarers and cattle drovers. On the 46km route visitors can visit Jelling, the UNESCO World Heritage site where the rune stones bear witness to the Viking Age and represent Denmark's 'birth certificate'.
Near Egtved is the Bronze age burial site and museum of the 'Egtved Girl' where the fascinating story of her life and death is told. Be sure to also take a break at Ravning Bridge, to see the few remains of Viking King Harald Bluetooth's 750m-long oak bridge, which he built to cross the Vejle Ådal valley.