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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 - 95 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
  • Massage at the race finish
  • 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

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

REGISTRATION

Chosen your route? Great! Please find the prices for Gent-Wevelgem Sportive below.

Prices (*) 65km 95km 140km 225km
Breakaway (through 16/03) 13 € 15 € 17 € 19 €
Peloton (after 16/03) 16 € 18 € 20 € 22 €

* Children under 12 years of age ride for free. Registration is only possible at the event.

It makes sense to register early!

Get off to an early start and register before 16/03. This puts you in the breakaway group and gives you a better price.

Missed the breakaway and only registered after 16/03? Not to worry. The Peloton will still apply, making this spring classic a fantastic event.

Attention! In 2020 the number of participants is limited to 7,000!

View the participation package here.

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.

GROUP REGISTRATION (until 16/03)

  • 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

HEALTH

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 .

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.

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