16,000 riders sign up for Tour of Flanders Amateur Ride
16,000 cyclists will ride the SOLD OUT ‘Ronde van Vlaanderen’ on Saturday 6 April, only one day before the professionals. 4,550 brave souls will ride the entire professional’s race route
The limit of 16,000 registrations has yet again, been reached. The limit was introduced a couple of years ago to enhance the comfort of the participants and the local residents around the course. The last available spots are in the more exclusive Hors Catégorie formula – for cyclists who want a little extra.
This year again, the 139 km ride has 5,270 participants, the most popular distance. But also the longest distance (229km) is scoring high in numbers: no less than 4,550 brave souls will ride the entire professional’s route, starting in Antwerp. 4,030 participants will ride the 174 km and 2,150 riders chose for the shortest distance (74 km).
The finish line is the same for everyone and is located in Oudenaarde, the same as for the professionals one day later. The start and finish village will be at the Qubus (a little bit further).
Everyone enjoys Traffic signallers, road supplies, technical and medical assistance, a frame sticker and a massage, as well as a bicycle light, increasing the visibility and the safety of the riders. Besides that, there is a starter package for every rider.
The wonderful route and the unique atmosphere are the reasons why thousands of passionate cyclists choose the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo – We Ride Flanders. Mythical ascents like the Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Koppenberg or the Muur van Geraardsbergen fire the imagination of every cycling fan. Every recreational rider can pick a challenge of their own size. The distances vary from 74 to 139, 174 or 229 kilometres. Start and finish lines of the first three distances are located in Oudenaarde. The longest track (229km) starts in Antwerp and goes all the way to Oudenaarde. Just like in the previous editions we provide a shuttle service from Oudenaarde to Antwerp for the participants who choose the 229km professional race route.
Riding the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo – We Ride Flanders guarantees a 100% experience along the way. Giving everything you have got on the same track and only one day before the professionals race and being encouraged by the many supporters… as a recreational cyclist this will be the closest you will get to the feeling of being a pro.
1,100 women will participate on 6 April. This year there are remarkably more foreigners at the start. 57,72% of the participants hasn’t got the Belgian nationality, compared to 49,86% last year. These numbers prove the international attractivity of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. For many foreign cycling tourists, We Ride Flanders is a bucket list event. Many of them were the first to sign up, as soon as the registrations were open. They will contribute to the cycling tourism in the region and the local economy, as many of them have planned a multi-day trip to our country.
63 different nationalities will be represented during We Ride Flanders. Almost 50% is Belgian and the other half comes from the Netherlands, England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. But also Americans, Australians, and Canadians have found their way to the Flemish Ardennes. Even Russia, Peru, India and Mozambique will be represented.
Belgium 6,765 participants
The Netherlands 2,874 participant
United Kingdom 1,832 participants
France 1,318 participants
Italy 863 participants
Germany 589 participants
Spain 408 participants
Denmark 202 participants
Norway 194 participants
USA 184 participants
For more information, please visit www.werideflanders.com
We Ride Flanders is part of the Continental Ronde van Vlaanderen Series, including:
5 April Tour of Flanders Business Pelotons
6 April We Ride Flanders
15-16 June: Retro Retro van Vlaanderen
8 September Vlaanderens Mooiste
5 October Ronde van Vlaanderen Offroad
For more information, please visit www.continental-rvvseries.be