Gent Wevelgem with Sportive Breaks
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.
Guided Warm Up Ride on Friday: Join us from 2pm as we lead a 50km guided ride with a few cobbles. We ride the last part of E3 Harelbeke just before the pros and watch the sprint finish.
Mechanic at the Hotel: On Friday & Saturday morning our expert mechanics are on hand to make sure your bike is in perfect condition, or rent one of our Ridleys, designed for Flanders riding.
Private Feed Stop: 50km before the finish we have a private feed stop with mechanical assistance. Drop off a day bag in the morning so you can collect at the feed & enjoy some proper, savoury food as well as OTE nutrition.
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Lots of climbing but either shorter rides or an easier day mixed in. Challenging but suitable for most riders.
Rolling terrain with the occasional climb. Social riding suitable for all riders.
Shorter, flatter days suitable for newer riders.
One of the best cycling weekend’s of the year, Gent Wevelgem is the start of Flanders week & a more intimate sportive than the much bigger Tour of Flanders. Most of the peloton are locals so you will get a lesson in how to ride in the wind and on the few cobbled sectors. In recent years the race has included the gravel Plugstreets – famous WW1 roads going through battlefields.
Each year sees the race change slightly, so there is always something new to discover. The next edition’s sportive will start and end in Wevelgem but the pro race will start in Ypres rather than Deinze. However, the famous mid-section is still part of the race; promising tough climbs, off-road riding and a battle against strong headwinds.
What is the Gent Wevelgem?
Since 1934, Gent Wevelgem is frequently referred to as a ‘sprinters classic’, stemming from the flat terrain at the end of the race allowing for a final push to the finish line. However, wind and rain, along with multiple climbs and cobbled roads, means that this event is not for the faint-hearted.
On the sportive there are multiple race routes so that cyclists of all experience levels can take part in the gruelling yet satisfying race. The long route drops into France on an undulating route. All three options include the Kemmelberg as the main climb on a route that features headwinds, cobbles, a couple of climbs & some gravel sections. The main challenge is battling the winds, this is a sportive to use your brain as well as your legs and share the work in groups – getting stick on your own in the wind can be a lonely ordeal.
Most people drive to Gent Wevelgem - Kortrijk is a short 1hr30 drive from Calais. Private transfers available from Brussels (BRU). Contact us for details
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