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Sportive Date 28th Mar 2020
Nights Available 2 to 4 Nights
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Gent Wevelgem

Wevelgem Belgium
4* Hotel in Kortrijk
Sportive Entry
Warm Up Ride
Private feed station
Optional Extras Bike Rental Available
Sportive Overview
Gent Wevelgem By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

Gent Wevelgem

Gent Wevelgem Two To Four-Night Packages

Many consider Gent Wevelgem to be one of the most enjoyable sportives of the year, and a fantastic start to the Flanders Classics week. Book with us to enjoy the sportive and race like a true local.

Each year sees the race change slightly, so there is always something new to discover. The route for the 2020 Gent Wevelgem sportive sets the starting line from the Grote Markt rather than the usual start in Deinze. However, the famous mid-section is still part of the race; promising tough climbs, off-road riding and a battle against strong headwinds.

This year’s race begins on the 28th March, with our Gent Wevelgem breaks starting on the 26th or the 27th (depending on the package you choose).

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.

There are multiple race routes so that cyclists of all experience levels can take part in the gruelling yet satisfying race.

Cobbles

Terrain

Cobbles

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

3,500

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Cycling the Plugstreets

    The 2020 route introduces a new section: the Plugstreets. Expect unpaved roads taking you through the battlefields and trenches of World War One. This route also runs through the Christmas Day Truce memorial, adding to the already memorable experience.

  • Conquering the Kemmelberg

    One of the many classic climbs boasted by Flanders is planned into the Gent Wevelgem experience. The Kemmelberg includes a long drag before hitting the cobbles, followed by a 20% ramp over slippery stones. A brutal climb offering colossal bragging rights.

  • Double the fun

    Double up on your experience by joining us on Friday as we cycle to the end of the E3 Harelbeke to watch the pros cross the finish line.

    For the race on Sunday, we have organised a range of options so that everyone can enjoy the race.

Itinerary

Gent Wevelgem With Sportive Breaks

This sportive lets you experience the event through the eyes of a local. As a smaller event that the Tour of Flanders, most of the other attendees are locals.

Although there are a couple of exciting climbs to contend with, the majority of the route is flat, covering exposed lowlands and offering the perfect opportunity to take in the World War One cemeteries and battlefields. Some sections run very close to the trenches, promising an experience like no other.

Why Book With Us

  • Great hotel in Kortrijk
  • Free warm up ride on Friday
  • Sportive entry delivered to your hotel
  • Private feed stop on the sportive
  • Pro race watching options

Itinerary

Friday 27th March

● Arrive in Kortrijk in time for lunch.
● Enjoy a 50km coffee spin where we will see parts of the E3 Harelbeke (including a cobbled section and a climb).
● We will check out the E3 finish line before heading back to the hotel.
● Evening meal.

Saturday 28th March

● Set off on the sportive with a rolling start.
● Starting times are open from 07:00 and 10:00 depending on your chosen route.

Sunday 29th March - Pro Race Day

● A variety of options are available, depending on how you would like to spend your day.
● The starting line is in Ypres and guarantees a lively atmosphere.
● Our race day package includes watching the start of the race before cycling a route that offers fantastic views from three vantage points. We end the cycle at the finish line and celebrate with a picnic lunch and beer.

Hotel

Parkhotel Kortrijk

Stationsplein 2, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium

    About the Hotel

    A Sportive Breaks Gent Wevelgem package includes accommodation in the 4* Parkhotel Kortrijk. This luxurious hotel is only a 6-minute walk from the landmark Grote Markt square. Includes a wellness spa, indoor and outdoor pool with a restaurant and bar.

    Other Services

    • Pro Race Day Package

      Our pro race package includes a day of watching the race through the eyes of a local. Our guide, Henk, will lead us to three different areas where we can spy the race before heading to the finish line in Wevelgem.

       
    • Gent Wevelgem Bike rental

      If you are concerned about transporting your bike overseas to the event, we offer a bike rental service. For Gent Wevelgem, our bikes will have Ultegra groupset and 28mm tyres, perfect for the terrain we will be covering.

       
    Routes & FAQs

    The Routes

    Gent Wevelgem Route

    The routes are a little different each year; the below map covers the 2019 route to give you an idea of how the 2020 route will look. Typically, there are four routes to choose from, the shortest of which avoid the climbs; making it an excellent option for riders with less experience or are looking for a more relaxed day.

    The remaining routes involve battling against the wind, conquering some difficult climbs and exploring the newest section - the Plugstreets.

    Gent Wevelgem medium route 2019
    Gent

    Choose the Route

    Ride Distance: 215

    Elevation gain: 1221

    The primary mission throughout this sportive is to beat the winds. Heading away from Wevelgem, you will quickly be exposed to the forces of nature over this rolling terrain. Climbs within the middle section are considered to be reasonably gentle, although there are a couple of exceptions. The smooth cobbles offer some reprieve.

    Ride Distance: 136

    Elevation gain: 1036

    Even though the medium route is shorter, you can still expect to enjoy all of the highlights boasted by the longer route. You will ride through Ypres, take on the Kemmelberg and, of course, experience your fair share of wind. Expect this relatively flat route to throw out a few lumps amid your cycle, with some pretty tough climbs along the way.

    Ride Distance: 91

    Elevation gain: 507

    This may be a shorter ride, but there will still be plenty of highlights to enjoy. Beginning on flat farm tracks, you will have to battle headwinds before reaching Ypres. Following this, you will tackle the mighty Kemmelberg before hitting the unpaved roads of the Plugstreets. After your breath has truly been taken away by the memorials and cemeteries from World War One, take a quick sprint towards Wevelgem and the finish line.

    Ride Distance: 60

    Elevation gain: 226

    The shortest ride available on this sportive, but still a fun, feelgood race. The first 30km follows the same roads as the 91km route. Once you reach Ypres, you will then head down towards the border and follow the river path back to Wevelgem.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Getting There

    The easiest way to travel to Kortrijk is via car from Calais. A comfortable journey taking approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Alternative options include:

    ● Taking the Eurostar to Brussels and then heading to Kortrijk, a station just opposite the hotel.
    ● Flying into Brussels airport (located one hour away).

    Sportive Breaks run transfers from both the Eurostar station and the airport. If you would like to utilise either of these, please get in touch.

    Documents Required

    You will need an e-ticket to collect your race number to take part in the race. These will be sent to you.

    What to Pack

    The race takes place early in the season, so overshoes, arm warmers and clothing suitable for all conditions are recommended. The Plugstreets are compact, and the cobbles are smooth, so 25” or 28” tyres are best suited for this sportive.

    Registration

    You will need a printout of your registration to collect your race number. If you hold a Proximum Challenge membership card (2016-2017), you should be able to use this.

    Start & Finish

    Both the start and finish of the Gent Wevelgem are located in Wevelgem. There is mechanical support in the village as well as vendors selling food and beer.

    Warm up Rides

    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.

    Travel Packages

    Popular Packages

    There are packages available with breaks spanning two to four-nights in Kortrijk. If you are interested in extending your stay, get in touch with the team at Sportive Breaks, who can discuss packages that include the Tour of Flanders.

    All of our Gent Wevelgem packages include:

    All Packages Include:

    • A warm-up ride on Friday.
    • Entry to the sportive - with your entry pack delivered to the hotel.
    • Access to a fantastic hotel in Kortrijk.
    • A private feed stop during the sportive.
    • Options to watch the pro race.
    2 Nights: 27 - 29th Mar 20203 Nights: 27 - 30th Mar 20204 Nights: 26 - 30th Mar 2020
    Summary Price Quantity Total  

    Single Package for 1 Person
    1 x Sportive Entry: All routes
    Cobbles masterclass on Friday
    Single room at Parkhotel Kortrijk with breakfast

    £299 £299 Book Now

    Twin Package for 2 People
    2 x Sportive Entry: All routes
    Cobbles masterclass on Friday
    Twin room at Parkhotel Kortrijk with breakfast

    £499 £499 Book Now
    Summary Price Quantity Total  

    Single Package for 1 Person
    1 x Sportive Entry: All routes
    Cobbles masterclass on Friday
    Single room at Parkhotel Kortrijk with breakfast

    £399 £399 Book Now

    Twin Package for 2 People
    2 x Sportive Entry: All routes
    Cobbles masterclass on Friday
    Twin room at Parkhotel Kortrijk with breakfast

    £599 £599 Book Now
    Summary Price Quantity Total  

    Single Package for 1 Person
    1 x Sportive Entry: All routes
    Cobbles masterclass on Friday
    Single room at Parkhotel Kortrijk with breakfast

    £499 £499 Book Now

    Twin Package for 2 People
    2 x Sportive Entry: All routes
    Cobbles masterclass on Friday
    Twin room at Parkhotel Kortrijk with breakfast

    £699 £699 Book Now
    Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

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