Courses for We Ride Flanders Announced!
A day before the Tour of Flanders, 16,000 fans of cycling traditionally get the opportunity to prove themselves in the Tour of Flanders Sportive - We Ride Flanders. On Saturday 4th April, the ultimate challenge will be a tour of 235 km from Antwerp to Oudenaarde, although you can also opt for shorter rides. The detailed course maps for all distances have been announced today
The jewel in the crown of the Tour of Flanders Sportive - We Ride Flanders - is the 235 km distance. The route is almost identical to the one laid out in front of the wheels of the pro-riders the day afterwards, but without the extra loops added in for the pros in the heat of the finale. That brings the total for Greg Van Avermaet and co to 267 km, however, the 235 km for the cycling fans also feature all hills and cobbled sections, with the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg as the concluding pieces. The start is on the Plantinkaai in Antwerp. From there the route continues via the (traffic-free) Waaslandtunnel and through the Waasland to Zottegem, where the cyclists will thud over the cobbled sections and climb the hills of the Flemish Ardennes. There will be plenty of provision stations along the way.
The course has three cobbled sections in total and 16 hills (of course a good number of them are also covered in cobblestones). The legendary Muur van Geraardsbergen is also one of the features. Furthermore, names like the Berendries, Eikenberg, Koppenberg and Taaienberg will be music to the ears of cycling fans. The finish is in Oudenaarde, by the Qubus, and closes at 8pm. You can set off from Antwerp between 7am and 8am. Those who think that the 235 km distance is too much of a good thing can also opt for a ride of 177, 142 or 74 km. All these tours start and end in Oudenaarde and take in the challenging diptych of Oude Kwaremont-Paterberg in the heat of the finale. Thanks to a video chip in the frame plate, everybody will be able to relive their most heroic moments again afterwards.
There Is Still Time To Sign Up!
Participating in the Tour of Flanders Sportive - We Ride Flanders is guaranteed to be a top experience. Riding the course of the Tour of Flanders a day before the pros and being cheered on by the many spectators... there is no other way for cycling fans to get closer to that pro-rider feeling for a day. If you want a taste of that as well, you can still register, but be quick, because the maximum limit is 16,000 participants.
Are you looking for the perfect outfit for the Tour of Flanders Sportive - We Ride Flanders, then be sure to take a look at the all-new web shop. We Ride Flanders is working together with Sportful and BUFF for that. A smart, design cycling jersey or shorts and matching socks, cool head or neckwear,...? You can find it all in the web shop!
You can register for the Tour of Flanders Sportive - We Ride Flanders, study the course maps and visit the web shop via www.werideflanders.com.
We Ride Flanders is part of the Continental Flanders series consisting of:
3/04 Tour of Flanders Business Pelotons
4/04 We Ride Flanders
30-31/05 Retro Ronde van Vlaanderen
3/10 Ronde van Vlaanderen Offroad