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Gent-Wevelgem Sportive

28.03.2020

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There are a great many reasons not to miss out on this ride. Gent-Wevelgem is one of the greatest spring classics that Flanders can boast, and it offers a unique combination of world and cycling history. During the fourth sportive of the Etixx Classics Tour we will not just be sending you on your way to some great challenges in the Heuvelland. Instead, you will also be immersed in the décor of the Great War. Even 100 years later, history still has a massive influence on this region, and Gent-Wevelgem leaves nothing to the imagination. You will feel the goose bumps on your arms as you ride by impressive war monuments and give the best of yourself on the steep climbs of the Heuvelland. This is the ideal tour bar none for cycling citizens of the world who are in search of a unique experience!

The start and finish of your tour are both located in Wevelgem. You will finish under the official arrival arch on Vanackerestraat where the professional riders will battle for victory the next day. Choose your distance (225, 140, 95 or 65 km), register, and cycle through history together with us!

It would be best not to wait too long though, because in 2020 the number of participants is limited to 7,000!

Feel Like a Pro

Gent-Wevelgem takes its riders through Flanders Fields, the battlefield of the Great War. Riders describe the experience as a hellish day on the bicycle during which the wind in particular has a major influence. Once the riders have reached De Moeren, the battle really breaks out. The Plugstreets provide tension that is finally released on Kemmmelberg. Can you fend off the wind like no other? And will you, like Alexander Kristoff in 2019, go on the attack on your own in order to survive the selection? Ride Like a Pro, Feel Like a Pro!

ROUTE

Your date with history starts in Wevelgem. The longest tour (225 km) will take you on a ride past historic monuments, interspersed with sporting challenges. Just like the professional riders one day later, you too will battle the wind in De Moeren and eat dust on the Plugstreets. Hill 63 and Christmas Truce are just two of the many iconic locations on your route. For example a passage under the world-famous Menin Gate. Enjoy the ride and above all do not forget to eat enough, because we are going to climb the number-one hill of the Heuvelland: Kemmelberg. Add to that climbs such as the Monteberg and Baneberg, and you will be more than happy to reach the finish arch in Wevelgem.

To give everyone the opportunity to experience the story associated with Gent-Wevelgem to the full, we are also offering shorter tours to give riders a sporting acquaintance with the Great War. During the tours of 140, 95 and 65 km, we are easing up on the challenges for you a little, but we will still be immersing you just as much in a slice of world history.

GPX downloads will be available 2 days in advance through Route You.

These iconic elements are part and parcel of your tour:

Discover the highlights

Course overview

225 km - 1353 elevation gain
Kezelberg Military Cemetery
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Menenpoort
Bevoorrading Ieper
John McCrae - Monument
De Moeren
Bevoorrading Leisele
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Bevoorrading Poperinge
Baneberg
Zwarteberg
Bevoorrading Bailleul
Belfort van Belle
Ravensberg
Zwarte Molen / Speelberg
Monteberg
Kemmelberg
Lettenberg
Kraaiberg
Nieuw Zeelandstraat
Irish Peace Park
La Hutte / Hill 63
Christmas Truce
Ploegsteert Memorial To Be Missing
Bevoorrading Komen
Aankomst Wevelgem
140 km - 928 elevation gain
Kezelberg Military Cemetery
Menenpoort
Bevoorrading Ieper
Bevoorrading Leisele
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Bevoorrading Poperinge
Baneberg
Zwarteberg
Bevoorrading Bailleul
Belfort van Belle
Ravensberg
Zwarte Molen / Speelberg
Monteberg
Kemmelberg
Lettenberg
Kraaiberg
Nieuw Zeelandstraat
Irish Peace Park
La Hutte / Hill 63
Christmas Truce
Ploegsteert Memorial To Be Missing
Bevoorrading Komen
Aankomst Wevelgem
95 km - 591 elevation gain
Kezelberg Military Cemetery
Menenpoort
Bevoorrading Ieper
Monteberg
Kemmelberg
Lettenberg
Kraaiberg
Nieuw Zeelandstraat
Irish Peace Park
La Hutte / Hill 63
Christmas Truce
Ploegsteert Memorial To Be Missing
Bevoorrading Komen
Aankomst Wevelgem
65 km - 298 elevation gain
Kezelberg Military Cemetery
Menenpoort
Bevoorrading Ieper
Aankomst Wevelgem

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

PARTICIPATION PACKAGE

  • Accident insurance (no helmet = not insured)
  • 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
  • Medical service at every checkpoint and at the finish
  • Coffee before the race start
  • Secured bicycle shed
  • Changing rooms with showers
  • Time and video recording for each participant

* Provisions on production of number plate only! Participants without a number plate will not be admitted to the race circuit.

PARTICIPATION PACKAGE

We will send you an e-ticket as soon as you register online. Upon presentation of your e-ticket (printed or on a smartphone), you can pick up your number plate on site:

  • Friday Registrations: do you prefer not to lose any time at the start of your favourite cycling route? Then come and pick up your participation package on Friday 27/03. (4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
  • Scan & Ride: on Saturday morning (28/03) you can pick up your number plate at the Scan & Ride desks. Thanks to the Scan & Ride, you don't even have to get off the bike, and you won't lose time at the start of your favourite cycling route!

You don't want to register in advance? No problem, on Saturday you can register at the designated registration zone at the event where we will hand over your participant pack.

The registration stand opens on Saturday 28 March*:

  • 225 km: between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • 140 km: between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • 95 km: between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • 65 km: between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

*Unless the maximum number of participants has been reached in the online registration tool before Saturday 28 March.

Accommodations

Mobile homes: Toekomststraat 45, 8560 Wevelgem

A mobile home parking is provided at Toekomststraat 45 in Wevelgem (parking Global Estate Group). Please note: you can only park here, there are no accommodations, electricity or water connections available.

REGISTER

START & FINISH

Start

Sint-Pauluscollege
Vanackerestraat 16
Wevelgem

  • 225 km: 6.30 - 8.00 a.m.
  • 140 km: 7.30 - 10.00 a.m.
  • 95 km: 7.30 - 11.00 a.m.
  • 65 km: 7.30 - 11.00 a.m.

Finish

Sint-Pauluscollege
Vanackerestraat 16
Wevelgem

The last provisions stand closes at 5:30 p.m. If you arrive later we will not be able to consider you as an official participant and you will be required to take the shortest route to the finish. The finish in Wevelgem officially closes at 6:30 p.m.

Number of provisions:

  • 225 km: 5 provisions
  • 140 km: 4 provisions
  • 95 km: 2 provisions
  • 65 km: 1 provision

Bike Rental

ist Ride Get familiar with the Flanders region of Belgium, a region rich in cycling history, with iconic steep & cobblestoned roads! The Gent-Wevelgem Sportive is a fantastic event for those who love steep climbs! Make the most out of this event with one of the top-of-the-range road bikes from Listnride, which can be rented at the starting line!
Save yourself time, trouble, and money by simply renting a bike. All you need to bring is your helmet, pedals, and of course: you!

Rent your bike here!

Etixx Sports Nutrition

To support you optimally during the selection of your most appropriate nutrition to help energy levels, hydration, muscle increase, recuperation,... before, during and after training and in the lead-up to a race, please have a look here.

We would like to guide you with this specific and adapted nutritional schedule for the Gent-Wevelgem Sportive, with an indication on where the refreshment stations are located.

You can find a general nutritional schedule below.

Etixx voedingsschema

Don't forget: a good preparation is half the battle! GOOD LUCK!

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CHARITY: VZW STOP DARMKANKER

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And your contribution can be life-saving. While signing up you have the possibility to donate 5, 10 or 15 euro to vzw Stop Darmkanker.

More information on www.stopdarmkanker.be

Sportograf

SPORTOGRAF.COM is the official photo service of the Gent-Wevelgem Sportive. These photographers have acquired a good reputation in recent years with their fully digital service and competitive prizes.

In view of the fact that they themselves are active cyclists, they have an outstanding feeling from the perspective of the participant.

Find your pictures here after the event.

Contact

We are very much interested in how you have experienced our event. Please send us your remarks, reactions or ideas. We would love to hear from you.

ORGANISATION & PRESS

Peloton
Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808
9000 Gent
Belgium
Peloton