The Tour of Flanders is the race of the Flemish cycling season. It is for World Champion Peter Sagan, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet and other top riders, but also for those who ride themselves! The Tour of Flanders will start in Antwerp and a fourth distance has been added.
Saturday 1 April 2017 will once again be a cycling festival to look forward to! One day before the pros, thousands of amateur cyclists will ride "their" Tour of Flanders. Suffer on the steep hills and cobbled roads, enjoy the picturesque, winding roads through the Flemish countryside and take in the incomparable atmosphere during "Flanders 'Most Beautiful'.
Antwerp new start - extra distance is added
Newly added to this edition is a fourth distance of 180 km which ensures each participant has a course tailored to his or her needs. Those taking part can choose from four different distances with the two longest courses (180 km and 230 km) departing from Antwerp, just like the pros, while the two shorter courses (75 km and 130 km) depart from Oudenaarde.
For the participants departing from Antwerp, the start on the Grote Markt will be followed by a new run-up part along seven cities and towns of the Tour of Flanders (Sint-Niklaas, Hamme-Zogge, Berlare, Aalst, Erpe-Mere, Herzele and Zottegem) in the direction of the Flemish Ardennes and its legendary hills. Besides the well-known hills such as the Oude Kwaremont - Paterberg, the Wall of Geraardsbergen has once again been included in the course.
The internationalization of the Tour of Flanders Cyclo has long been an established fact, which was proven last year since for the first time, the Tour included more foreign riders than Belgians. Everyone wants to ride in the tracks of the area "Flanders", especially those coming from the Anglo-Saxon countries and Scandinavia as there has been an increasing interest in this Flemish race. Following this, the Tour of Flanders Cyclo has now been given the subtitle "We Ride Flanders" in its communication.
Registrations opened today, 1 November
As previously, in 2017 public authorities request the organisation to ensure the safety and comfort on the course which can be achieved by limiting the participants number to 16,000. Therefore, it is very important to sign up quickly if you want to be sure of your race number.
Signing up is possible as of now, Tuesday 1 November, on www.werideflanders.com.