Tour of Flanders

Antwerp / Oudenaarde - 6th April 2019

Cobbles

Terrain

Cobbles

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

16,000

About Tour of Flanders

The Tour of Flanders weekend is a fantastic celebration of our sport by one of the most passionate cycling loving regions on earth. There are a variety of sportive routes available, all including the classic finish of the Oude Kwaremont & Paterberg.
While Roubaix is all about cobbles and the Ardennes classics are all about sharp climbs, Flanders is a mix of the two with some brutal cobbled sectors and steep cobbled climbs. The most famous of these are the Koppenberg, Muur & Paterberg with gradients pushing 20%. The sportive is so popular and the roads so narrow that on these climbs it is a challenge to get passed the numerous riders that walk up the steep sections.
The route finished with a long flat sprint to Oudenaarde finishing in the race village with a large beer tent and food vendors to help bring your energy back.

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. "

The Routes

There are four routes for the Tour of Flanders - a full 229km starting in Antwerp and three shorter distances starting in Oudenaarde. All routes finish in Oudenaarde. The long route is the closest replica to the pro race but the first 80km are pretty dull. The routes out of Oudenaarde are all action packed from the beginning. The key feature of the routes is the relentlessness of the bergs, coming at you every 5 to 7km so by the end your legs are well and truly sapped. The classic climb of the Kappelmuur in Geraardsbergen is only on the 229 & 174km routes. All routes finish with the Kwaremont / Paterberg double before a quick sprint home.

229km Route 229km

The full route leaves at 7am from Antwerp and heads south to the Flemish Ardennes. The first 80km is uneventful but the remaining 150km more than makes up for it with climbs and cobbles coming every 7km.

DISTANCE  229 Km       ELEVATION  2160 M.

174km Route 174km

Arguably the best route of all the choices. This starts & ends in Oudenaarde for convenience and goes out to the Muur before hitting the classic sections closer to home.

DISTANCE  174 Km       ELEVATION  1853 M.

139km Route 139km

Traditionally the most popular route, the mid distance starts and ends in Oudenaarde and is jam packed with action. The first climb is after 9km and then there are cobbles or climbs every 5km.

DISTANCE  139 Km       ELEVATION  1497 M.

74km Route 74km

Short but action packed with 11 climbs or cobbled sections packed into a relatively short distance. This route still takes in tough climbs like the Koppenberg, Kwaremont & Paterberg so you will get a real feel for Flanders.

DISTANCE  74 Km       ELEVATION  919 M.

Where to Stay

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.

Antwerp

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.

Kortrijk

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.

 

FAQs

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Oudenaarde is by driving - approx 1hr45 from Calais. Alternatives are flying to Brussels (1hr away) or Eurostar.

Documents Required

We will deliver your entries to your hotel on the Friday.

What to Pack

The cobbles are not as extreme as Roubaix but there are some long, uncomfortable sections. Wider tyres than normal are recommended. The sportive has been ridden in warm sunshine and snow so be prepared for everything. If you are riding the long route, lights are recommended as the start is at first light.

Registration

We deliver your race packs to your hotel on Friday. Long route transfers to Antwerp leave Oudenaarde at 05:30. If you are staying in Antwerp there is a return shuttle at 19:00 or 20:00.

Start & Finish

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.

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