Gent Wevelgem

Wevelgem - 30th March 2019

Cobbles

Terrain

Cobbles

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

3,500

About Gent Wevelgem

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.
The route starts in Wevelgem with a rolling start. The sportive has become more and more popular in recent years and in the first few kms you will find some big groups. The first main stop is Ypres where the short routes split from the mid & long. All routes take in a similar pattern - long exposed sections and then the climbs. The longer routes head into France and take in a mix of short, steep climbs and a couple slightly longer. The hardest and most famous climb is the Kemmelberg, the main time you experience cobbles.
After the climbs, you quickly hit the Plugstreets. These off-road sections make the route really interesting as they go past WW1 monuments including the Chistmas Truce point & trenches.
From here, the route back is along the river where you can experience tailwinds on a very quick, flat section all the way back to the finish line.

Clive, Gent Wevelgem, 2017: "It was maybe the best event I have ever done. A very special setting to be amongst the Flanders battle fields, memorials and war cemeteries. Not a hard ride, apart from the wind which was grinding by the end. So, a great event & great hotel choice. "

The Routes

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.

215km Route 215km

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. The extra kms from the medium route is flat but very exposed.

DISTANCE  215 Km       ELEVATION  1221 M.

136km Route 136km

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. The main difference between the short route is the amount of climbs in the middle of the route, a relatively flat route gets very lumpy in the middle with several tough climbs.

DISTANCE  136 Km       ELEVATION  1036 M.
Gent Wevelgem medium route 2019

91km Route 91km

A short route but taking in a lot of the best highlights of the race. The 91km option starts on the flat farm tracks fighting headwinds before Ypres. From there, you head to the mighty Kemmelberg, then onto the unpaved roads of the Plugstreets before a quick sprint to the finish in Wevelgem.

DISTANCE  91 Km       ELEVATION  507 M.
Gent

60km Route 60km

A short but fun ride giving a good feel for the race. You do the first 30km of the 91km route to Ypres and then head down to the border before catching the quick river path back to Wevelgem.

DISTANCE  60 Km       ELEVATION  226 M.

Where to Stay

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.
As with most Flemish towns, there are a couple of big squares filled with bars and restaurants. Friday night is chips night and the Frituurs are busy. Get involved for some local carb loading!

 

FAQs

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. We run transfers from both Brussels airport & Eurostar station, ask us for details.

Documents Required

You will be sent an e-ticket which you scan at the start & collect 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. The cobbles are fairly smooth and the Plugstreets are compact. Even so, we would suggest 25 or 28" tyres suitable for the spring classics.

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 2016 or 2017, 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.

Book Your Sportive Break

 
Check in
 
Check out
 
Guests
Sportives Newsletter INSIDER DEALS + EUROPEAN CYCLING UPDATES: