Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo
When? Saturday, April 6, 2019
How far? 139km, 174km, 229km
Start location? Antwerp (229km), Oudenaarde (the others)
Type of ride? The exact route the Ronde van Vlaanderen will follow the next day. All the legendary cobbled sections and, for those who dare the 229km version: the long, flat approach from Antwerp. This event attracts thousands of cyclists. Also, large numbers of race fans positions themselves along the route. They cheer the amateur riders on, almost as enthusiastically as they do the pros. This make the entire experience special for all. You even get to ride over the official finish line at the end. It can get extremely busy at some of the short cobbled climbs. This writer has had to wait in the line for the Koppenberg in the past. Add an extra day to your trip and watch the race the next day on the roadside. At the top of the Koppenberg there’s a café and a giant TV screen. A great spot to watch the race and nurse your legs from the previous day’s efforts.
Price? Early bird €60, on the day €70 (229km)
Website: Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo