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Sportive Date 30th March 2019
Nights Available 2 to 4 Nights
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Sportive Overview
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Tour Overview

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.

Cobbles

Terrain

Cobbles

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

3,500

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Riding the Plugstreets

    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.

  • Tackle the mighty Kemmelberg

    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!

  • Double pro race experience

    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.

Itinerary

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.

Why Book With Us

  • Choice of hotels in Kortrijk
  • Free warm up ride on Friday
  • Pro race watching options

Itinerary

Friday 29th March

Arrive early in Kortrijk. After lunch we set off for a warm up ride and check out the finish of E3 Harelbeke.

Saturday 30th March

The sportive has a rolling start, you can choose to start any time between 7am and 10am depending on route.

Sunday 31st March

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.

Hotel

Other Services

  • Pro Race Hospitality

    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

     
Routes & FAQs

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.

Gent Wevelgem medium route 2019
Gent

Choose the Route

Ride Distance: 215

Elevation gain: 1221

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.

Ride Distance: 136

Elevation gain: 1036

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.

Ride Distance: 91

Elevation gain: 507

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.

Ride Distance: 60

Elevation gain: 226

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

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.

All Packages Include:

  • Accommodation in Kortrijk
  • Free warm up ride on Friday
  • Sportive Entry
3 Nights: 29th Mar - 1st Apr 2019
Summary Price Quantity Total  

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

£489 £489 Sold Out

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

£379 £379 Sold Out
Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

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