Gent Wevelgem is the start of Flanders Classics week and one of the best sportives of the year. The race changes slightly each year but is defined by the middle section packed with tough climbs, some off-road riding on the Plugstreets and most of all from the daylong battle with strong headwinds. The aim of the game is to find a good group and share the workload, taking turns on the front and spending most of the time out of the wind. Getting dropped or trying a kamikaze attack can come back to haunt you quickly.
This new section of the pro race & sportive is over unpaved roads running through WW1 battlefields and trenches. Ride past the Christmas Day Truce memorial as part of this stunning section.
One of the classic climbs in Flanders, the Kemmelberg packs a mighty punch with a long drag to the cobbles and then a 20% ramp on slippy stones. Brutal!
Come early on Friday and join us as we ride over to watch the finish of E3 Harelbeke. On Sunday, choose from a range of options for watching the race including our full day experience.
One of our favourite sportives of the year and an event that experienced sportive riders love to come back to every year. The event is much smaller than the Tour of Flanders and most of the peloton are locals. The route is mostly flat over exposed lowlands of Western Flanders. The route goes past many WW1 battlefields & cemeteries with some sections on the unpaved Plugstreets close to the trenches. The main climb in the race is the very steep Kemmelberg but by far the biggest challenge is the fight against headwinds.
Arrive early in Kortrijk. After lunch we set off for a warm up ride and check out the finish of E3 Harelbeke.
The sportive has a rolling start, you can choose to start any time between 7am and 10am depending on route.
Pro race day. Lots of options for this, the start is in Deinze where there is a lively atmosphere. There are hospitality options at the start, finish, in Ypres or on the Kemmelberg.
Choose between our full day race experience catching the action with the fans or a hospitality package at the finish line, in Ypres or on the Kemmelberg
The routes change slightly every year and our maps are from 2018. There are typically 4 routes -the shortest skips all the climbs so can be a good sportive for the less experienced rider. All the others follow the pattern of fighting the wind, then hitting the climbs, then the Plugstreets and home. You can ride shorter routes on the day so for the more experienced riders, we suggest going either for the full route or the 136km.
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The easiest way to get the Kortrijk is by car from Calais which is just under 1hr30. Alternatively, you can get the Eurostar to Brussels and then onto Kortrijk - the station is opposite the hotel. If you are flying, Brussles airport is an hour away. We run transfers from both Brussels airport & Eurostar station, ask us for details.
At the start of the sportive, bring your registration print out to collect your race number. If you have a Proximum Challenge Membership Card from 2016 or 2017, you can use that for this sportive.
The sportive starts & finishes by the pro race finish in Wevelgem. At the race village there is mechanical support and food & beer vendors.
On Friday we do a short coffee spin from Kortrijk to Harelbeke and watch the finish of the E3 race. This is a nice way to get in the mood for a weekend of riding and classics. We get back late afternoon with plenty of time to shower and have an early dinner. Well worth arriving early Friday for this ride.
Choose between 2 to 4 night breaks in Kortrijk. Coming out for longer? Get in touch with us for packages including the Tour of Flanders. Join us for a warm up ride on Friday and then add an optional pro race package on Sunday. Can't find what you want below? Put your dates into the date picker to see all available options.
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