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The Tour of Flanders sportive attracts a massive 16,000 riders from across Europe.
For years this was one of the most decisive climbs of the race. The steepest section is 19.8%.
The easiest way to get to Oudenaarde is by driving - approx 1hr45 from Calais. Alternatives are flying to Brussels (1hr away) or Eurostar.
Race packs can be collected on the morning of the sportive in Antwerp for the long route and Oudenaarde for the medium & short or between 2pm & 7pm on the Friday (de Qubus, Lindestraat in Oudenaarde).
There is a rolling start for all routes. The long route should start in Antwerp between 7am and 8am. The medium and short routes start in Oudenaarde between 7am and 9am for the medium and 7am and 10am for the short route.
All routes finish in Oudenaarde.
The best base for the medium or short routes is Oudenaarde.
Not only are you right by the start / finish of the race so you don't have to worry about traffic & parking which can be an issue, but the town is the centre of world cycling for the weekend with lots going on.
The great Tour of Flanders museum is here and on the Sunday you can get the bus to Paterberg / Kwaremont or watch at the fan park by the finish line.
A new location for the long route and start of the pro race. Antwerp is the best choice to stay if you are riding the full route as the start is early. There will be a shuttle from the finish back to Antwerp in the evening.
Antwerp is considered one of the coolest towns in Belgium.
A smaller town but very conveniently located to the south of Oudenaarde close to the sportive start and on the way back to Calais. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars in town and the hotels here are very good value and of a high standard.