Cycling and Huy have a long-standing love affair. After the health crisis that marred the two previous editions, cycling fans will soon throng the roadsides of the Mur de Huy all along the 900-metre slope where the race will be decided.
Huy's passion for cycling goes a long way back. The first cycling race there was held on 15 August 1869, on the occasion of the annual fair. A velodrome was built in 1919.
The Flèche Wallonne first visited Huy in 1936, tackled the Mur de Huy for the first time in 1982 and has had its finish at the top of the climb since 1984. The Tour de France went through Huy six times before 8 July 1995, when our town was honoured to host an individual time trial to Seraing. Six years later, the mass-start stage to Verdun began here, while in 2006 the peloton travelled from Huy to Saint-Quentin.
2015 saw an even greater celebration when the Mur de Huy hosted the finish of stage 3 of the Tour de France on 6 July, right where the winners of the two Flèche Wallonne races will be crowned on 20 April.