The Ghent-Wevelgem Cyclo is familiar to cycling tourists from Belgium and abroad. That's because this WorldTour classic "in Flanders Fields" is an absolute must for the true cycling fan. Prepare to suffer as you climb the infamous Kemmelberg, fight the merciless wind in De Moeren and make your way through the semi-paved "Plugstreets". All this in a stunning landscape replete with historic references to the First World War. As the icing on the cake, you can punch the air under the finish arch on Vanackerestraat, just one day before Peter Sagan's successor.
You have a choice of 4 distances: 60, 91, 139 or 215 km.
Feel Like a Pro
Without a doubt, Ghent-Wevelgem is a classic for truly hardened souls, with a course that isn't just challenging to cyclists because of the terrain, with two demanding climbs of the Kemmelberg and a passage along the semi-paved "Plugstreets", but certainly also due to the wind.
Here, the winner's podium is reserved for real champions such as Peter Sagan, who vanquished Elia Viviani and Arnaud Démare in a mighty final sprint last year. His victory won Sagan a place amongst those Ghent-Wevelgem record-holders with three Flanders Fields triumphs.
One day before the professionals pass through, you can experience for yourself how it feels to jounce over the Plugstreets and brave the wind and hills in and around the Heuvelland and Westhoek, immersing yourself in a gorgeous region overflowing with (cycling) history! Ride like a pro, feel like a pro!
Explore the formidable Ghent-Wevelgem course with four circuits varying in length: 60 km, 91 km, 139 km or 215 km.
The 60-km circuit (223 metres of elevation, 1 provision point) provides a breathtaking journey through history. You will cycle past many military cemeteries and memorials, with the Menin Gate in Ypres as the absolute climax. Are your legs up to a bit more than that? Then opt for the 91-km circuit (490 metres of elevation, 2 provision points) and in addition to the sights of the Ypres region, tackle the infamous Kemmelberg.
For more experienced cycling fans, we also offer a 139-km circuit (934 metres of elevation, 3 provision points) and a 215-km one (1084 metres of elevation, 4 provision points), providing participants with seven additional hills to conquer, including the Monts des Cats, Mont Noir and Mont Blanchisserie. The "Plugstreets", incorporated into the professional race two years ago, are included in the 91, 139 and 215-km circuits as well.
Whichever distance you choose, you will have a gorgeous finish along the banks of the Leie and then under the finish arch on Vanackerestraat.
GPX downloads will be available 2 days in advance through Route You.
Discover some of the highlights of the course below.
1 Passage de moeren
A standard feature of Ghent-Wevelgem is the strong winds in De Moeren, pretty much guaranteed to blow someone off-track each year. Forewarned is forearmed! Who will drop out and who will make it?
2Mont des Cats
The Mont des Cats in the municipality of Godewaarsvelde in French Flanders is 2650 m long, with an average gradient of 7.6% and maximum incline of 19%. Make sure to admire the beautiful abbey as well, home of the trappist beer "Mont des Cats" since 2011.
This "black hill" (Mont Noir) is located in French Flanders, at the border between Westouter and Sint-Janskappel in Belgium and the French domain of Boeschepe. It features a 2500 m climb, with an average gradient of 4.8% and maximum incline of 9%. It's named for the De Zwarte family, whose mountain this was in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The undisputed highlight of Ghent-Wevelgem is the Kemmelberg, a real cyclist's nightmare. With a maximum incline of 23% and paved in cobblestones, it's immediately obvious why the Westhoek's best-known hill inspires such fear.
A new addition as of 2017 is the passage over the "Plugstreets", incorporated in the route to commemorate the Christmas ceasefire of 1914. The Plugstreets comprise three stretches of semi-paved road, measuring 5.2 kilometres in all. The first two stretches have a slight incline and are situated in open areas where the wind roams unchecked. Good luck!
- Assistants to sign the way / the start/finish
- Plenty of provisions* at each checkpoint, offering Etixx sports nutrition and drinks, water and a wide choice of fruit and biscuits
- Technical assistance and breakdown service
- Info card showing the hills, cobblestone sections and provisions zones
- Excellent signage along the route
- Time and video recording (91, 139, 215 km)
- Medical service at every checkpoint and at the finish
- Coffee before the race start
- Secured bicycle shed
- Changing rooms with showers
- Massage at the race finish
* Provisions on production of number plate only! Participants without a number plate will not be admitted to the circuit.
COLLECTION OF PARTICIPATION PACKAGE
Did you register in advance? Perfect! You will receive an E-ticket upon registration, with that ticket you can get your participant pack at the Scan & Ride desks. Our Scan & Ride system allows you to get all your necessities to start your ride, without having to get off your bike!
You don't want to register in advance? No problem, you can register at the designated registration zone at the event where we will hand over your participant pack. Make sure to put your bike in the secured bicycled, that way you got all the time you need to register, without having to worry about your most precious possession.
The registration stand opens on
- Friday March 29:
- All distances: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday March 30:
- 215 km: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
- 136 km: 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
- 91 km: 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.
- 60 km: 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.
START & FINISH
- 215 km: 7.00 - 8.00 a.m.
- 136 km: 7.30 - 10.00 a.m.
- 91 km: 7.30 - 11.00 a.m.
- 60 km: 7.30 - 11.00 a.m.
The finish in Wevelgem will officially closes at 6:30 p.m.
Chosen your route? Great! Please find the prices for the Ghent-Wevelgem Cyclo below.
|Breakaway (through 18/03)||13 €||15 €||17 €||19 €|
|Peloton (after 18/03)(**)||16 €||18 €||20 €||22 €|
It makes sense to register early!
Get off to an early start and register before 18/03. This puts you in the breakaway group and gives you a better price.
Missed the breakaway and only registered after 18/03? Not to worry. The Peloton will still apply, making the Ghent-Wevelgem Cyclo a fantastic event.
*Please note: Your registration includes a deposit of €5 for your number plate, which contains a chip. Deposits are returned at the finish or exchanged for an original T-shirt.
**Peloton Cycling Team members always profit from the "Peloton" rate
GROUP REGISTRATION (until 18/03)
- For a group registration, you must have at least 10 people (across various distances); if you are with fewer persons, your group will be cancelled and you will lose the reservation.
- Group registrations may only be done using the official online registration module. Excel lists etc. are no longer accepted.
- On the registration form, you must first create a group. You will then receive an e-mail with your group name and group code. (You can manage the group at all times with the help of this code and your chosen password (do not forget this!)). Subsequently, you can add or remove participants. Only the group leader may validate participants. You can add as many participants to your group as you wish.
- Registrations can be collected as a single package (all together) or individually. Please clearly indicate this on the registration form. If you choose to collect all race numbers together, this can only be done by the group leader. For individual collections, all participants will receive a separate confirmation e-mail with all information required to successfully collect their race number.
- Once the group is complete, the group leader must pay for the entire group. Registrations are confirmed only when the group has been submitted and paid for. At this time, NO CHANGES may be made to your group. Subsequently, changes to your group can only be made on-the-spot at the registration stand. For this, an administration fee of 5 eur will be charged per change made.
- CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION MODULE
The organisers advise everyone to avoid any form of serious physical activity for which they are not adequately prepared. Make sensible choices about the distance you ride and/or the pace you set for yourself.
Anyone who aims to improve performance and compete at high intensity should see a (specialised sports) physician for a check-up. There is no requirement to produce a medical certificate.
It is up to the participant to decide how to use the information resulting from a medical check-up.
The organisers cannot be held liable in this respect.
More information about health & sports can be found here.
Exercise is fun, healthy and safe for most people. However, some people have an increased risk of problems during physical activity, which may require extra medical follow-up. If you meet one or several of the conditions below, it is recommended you contact your doctor or undergo a sports-medical examination before taking up more intensive forms of exercise:
- You are taking medication to treat high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease.
- At some point you suffered from coughing, shortness of breath or other breathing disorders during or after efforts or you have asthma.
- You smoked in the past 5-10 years or you have not stopped smoking for longer than 6 months after a period of 5-10 years.
- You have high blood pressure and/or increased cholesterol value
- You fainted or became dizzy during or after an effort
- You have ever had palpitations, arrhythmias or pain in the chest during or after doing exercise or you have ever been told that you have a heart murmur
- A member of your family, younger than 55, suddenly died because of health problems (cardiovascular disease, cot death)
- You have problems of the liver, kidneys or thyroid gland, diabetes
By registering you automatically accept the general terms and conditions.
General terms and conditions
You have registered for an event of We Ride NV, having its registered office at Ottergemsesteenweg-Zuid 808, 9000 Gent, VAT BE0687.797.702, hereinafter referred to as PELOTON.
PELOTON is your single point of contact for all your questions. PELOTON can be reached every working day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone: 011/45.99.00 - E-mail: email@example.com.
- Article 1. Registration
At the time of registering, the Participant declares to be at least 18 or to have his legal guardian's consent to register for the event.
The registration is only valid if the registration form has been completely and truthfully filled out, the registration fee and payment for extras have been paid in full and these general terms and conditions have been accepted.
Article 2. Right of withdrawal
The registration falls under Art. VI, 53, 12° WER for which the right of withdrawal is excluded.
In case of non-participation, regardless of the reason, the registration fee and possible extras cannot be reclaimed.
Article 3. Cancellation of the event
If the event is cancelled on the grounds of exceptional circumstances, PELOTON shall, in so far is possible, offer the participants an equivalent alternative in the form of the possibility to register for free for a new/the next edition of the same event, or another event of PELOTON. For each event PELOTON will decide which of these alternatives apply to the event.
Under no circumstance can PELOTON be obliged to reimburse the registration fee and possible extras (such as merchandising, T-shirts, training schedule, charity, etc.).
Article 4. Participation
Participation in the event is only possible with a valid registration and if the following age requirements have been met: Cycling events
Participants under the age of 16 must always be accompanied by a person older than 18.
During the participation, proof of registration (number on chest, handle bars, wristband, etc.) must be visible at all times.
The participant shall always respect the environment. The participant shall look after his/her own safety and the other participants. Participants must follow the instructions of the organisation, medical teams and police.
Participants shall at all times wear a helmet during cycling events. The Highway Code needs to be respected.
The organisation reserves the right to exclude participants from participation who do not respect the provisions of these general terms and conditions or pose a danger to themselves or third parties.
Article 5. Prices
The specified prices are always in Euros and inclusive of VAT, unless explicitly specified otherwise.
Article 6. Payment
On registering, the participant must pay the full amount of the registration (registration fee and extras) using the provided online payment system.
PELOTON believes it has taken all possible and relevant precautions and as such acts as a normal and diligent online-seller. Possible theft can therefore not be invoked against PELOTON.
Article 7. Change of registration
Participants who want to transfer their registration for an event to another person can do so on the day of the event on-the-spot. The administrative cost as indicated on-the-spot is payable for this.
Participants who want to change the distance can do so on-the-spot, on the day of the event. The administrative cost as indicated on-the-spot is payable for this. If a supplement is owed for the newly chosen distance, this will also be charged.
Article 8. Healthy & safe sports
Participation requires good health. The participant declares to meet this condition. Before participation, the organisation recommends a preventive sports medical examination at a certified sports doctor.
Article 9. Personal details and intellectual property rights
All information of the participants is for PELOTON's administration. PELOTON and her partners will use the information for purposes of subscription to the Event and marketing and communication purposes. The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 relating to data processing lays down the access right to the data and the correction thereof. At all times the participant can request the correction of his/her personal data based on the contact details specified in these general terms and conditions.
Through your participation to the event you declare you agree with a possible use of your details, photograph or portrait right in print, film, video, etc. for promotional purposes of PELOTON and its events, without claiming payment for this.
The participant states he/she is familiar with the fact that techniques may be used that allow his/her exact location to be tracked at any moment by picking up signals of the chip, included in the proof of participation which the participant is wearing. The participant gives consent to PELOTON to make this information public so that it can be viewed by everyone.
The participant gives consent to PELOTON to track his/her location real-time (live tracking) as described above, to save this data in a file, to provide it to third parties and to publish it online, through social media and mobile applications.
Article 10. Comments/complaints
Comments need to be submitted via one of the channels specified in the heading. PELOTON shall always, in all reasonableness, try to treat every comment within 10 days upon receipt through one of the aforementioned channels. If this is not possible, it shall also be notified to the participant and an alternative timing is suggested.
Article 11. Validity of clauses
If one or a number of articles of these conditions are void or unlawful, for whatever reason, this does not prejudice the validity of the other parts of the conditions.
Etixx Sports Nutrition
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Don't forget: a good preparation is half the battle! GOOD LUCK!
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