Gent Wevelgem

Wevelgem - 24th March 2018

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Gent Wevelgem 2018 Information

Terrain

Cobbles
Cobbles

Country

Belgium
Belgium

Difficulty

Moderate
Moderate

Riders

3,500
Riders

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Gent Wevelgem 2018

If you’re used to riding on your own, then get some group riding into your Wevelgem preparation. You really need to know how to ride in a bunch and, more importantly, not lose contact with the rider in front. Once you’ve lost that wheel, you’ll be bumping along in the gutter waiting for another train to come past and hope you can jump onboard… the windy flatlands of Flanders are not the place to be out on your own when there are either 135kms or 220kms separating you from a strong alcoholic beverage.

The middle section of this sportive is the hilly bit, as the route swings away from the blank green/grey fields and over some of the ridges fought over so intensely during the First World War. The key climb is the iconic Kemmelberg, a sharp-sloped cobbled killer that would rank amongst the hardest if it were in this event’s better known brother, the Tour of Flanders. From here the route drops into the beautiful town of Ypres before a flat section back to the finish line in Wevelgem.

Gent Wevelgem Routes

Routes tbc but likely to be a range of options from 60km to 220km. The two longer routes (135 & 220km) head into France along the windy, flat lanes of Flanders. The middle section of the ride is hilly culminating in the cobbled Kemmelberg. Unlike Flanders, Roubaix and other big sportives in this part of the world each spring, cobbles don't play a big role in the ride. Its all about the wind with riders keeping in tight groups. Each corner brings rapid accelerations into the next straight, lose the wheel by a couple of metres and you're in trouble!

Long Route (220 km)

Gent Wevelgem is all about surviving the wind but this route is also slightly rolling. The ride heads out from Wevelgem quickly into wide open land exposed to the winds from the start. The climbs in the middle of the route are fairly gentle with a couple of exceptions and the cobbles are well worn and smooth.

Gent Wevelgem short route 2017

Distance: 220 Km. Elevation: 1200 M.

Medium Route (135 km)

The medium route takes in all of the highlights of the long route - ride through Ypres, over the Kemmelberg and plenty of time in the wind to get the real Gent Wevelgem experience

Gent Wevelgem medium route 2017

Distance: 135 Km. Elevation: 1000 M.

Short Route (85 km)

A very flat route taking out the climbs in the middle of the sportive & pro race. The short route is a loop to Ypres giving riders an experience of riding in the wind without cobbles and climbing.

Gent Wevelgem long route 2017

Distance: 85 Km. Elevation: 300 M.

Interesting Gent Wevelgem Facts

A Multi National Ride

This is a very rare sportive that takes in two countries. The route heads from Belgium into northern France and then back into Belgium again.

WW1 Battlefields

Not only does the route go through the famous town of Ypres where every night The Last Post is played, but the key climb (the Kemmelberg) was the scene of two battles in 1918.

Gent Wevelgem 2018 FAQ

Getting There

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.

Documents Required

ID & print out of your race number.

What to Pack

Early in the season so very likely to be changeable weather so bring overshoes, arm warmers etc for all conditions.

Registration

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 2015 or 2016, you can use that for this sportive.

Start & Finish

The sportive starts & finishes by the pro race finish in Wevelgem. At the race village there is mechanical support and food & beer vendors.

WHERE TO STAY

ACCOMMODATION FOR Gent Wevelgem 2018

Kortrijk

There are a small number of hotels in Wevelgem itself (where the ride starts & finish) but preference is to stay in Kortrijk (6km away). The town is lively with a large square and plenty of bars & restaurants. The hotels are of much higher quality and several pro teams base themselves here during the Flanders classics.

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