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In Line With Tradition, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo Opens the Spring Classics Cycling Season

It’s not only for the pros that the new season really gets off to a start with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but for the recreational cyclist too, the first weekend of March is all about the Flemish Ardennes. On Sunday 1 March, the new season of the Etixx Classics Tour opens with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo!

The extra day that this leap year contains is the day on which the professional peloton has its first ride through the Flemish Ardennes. But the day after, thousands of cyclists will conquer typical Flemish climbs and iconic cobbled streets. The route, starting and finishing in Ghent, takes the participants for an exploratory ride on the battleground of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Three different distances offer everyone the chance to get a taste of the unrivalled opening classic!

In Line With Tradition, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo Is Opening Our Spring Cycling Season

Tour for Flandriens

Just like the pros the day before, recreational cyclists are faced with one big challenge after another. If you want to feel like a Flandrien for a day, then Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo is definitely the right place to be. The longest circuit (150 km) is packed with classics. The Molenberg, Berendries and Valkenberg also add to the variation in the circuit. With Jagerij, Kerkgate, Haaghoek and Paddestraat, cobblestones are not left out either. The highlight of this tour is undoubtedly the section on the Muur van Geraardsbergen, including Kapelmuur, a little piece of cycling heaven on earth.

For those who prefer to limit the elevations and the cobbled areas, two shorter circuits are also on offer. During the 105 and 70 km circuits, you will undoubtedly get acquainted with the wonderful spring vibe that surrounds our opening classic.


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You can register online until Saturday 29 February at 11:59 p.m. via You can also find our complete spring calendar there.

Etixx Classics Tour: Feel Like a Pro

The Etixx Classics Tour is a series of 10 bucket list events for the passionate cyclist from home and abroad, where the participants cycle along the route of the most beautiful and renowned Flemish cycling classics. It is always held the day before or the day after the professional race, which ensures a maximum experience.

For the 3rd year in a row Etixx is the proud title partner in the Etixx Classics Tour. “We have been supporting professional cyclists in achieving their ambitious sporting goals for many years. But also you as a cycling enthusiast and amateur athlete set goals for yourself. You can also count on us for proper guidance and provisioning! Fuel your goal. Feel & ride like a pro!”

About Peloton

The Etixx Classics Tour is part of Peloton. Peloton brings together the 40 most beautiful and acclaimed Belgian tours under one umbrella. Peloton stands for quality, fun, challenge, safety and health and puts the experience of the participants central.