Gent-Wevelgem Cyclo is a well-known event for cycling enthusiasts in Belgium and abroad. This WorldTour classic 'in Flanders Fields' is an absolute must-do for true cycling fanatics.
Prepare to suffer on the famous Kemmelberg, fight against the relentless wind in De Moeren and make your way through the semi-paved Plugstreets. To cap off a heroic ride you will get to throw your arms aloft as you cross the finish on the Vanackerestraat, one day before we find out who will succeed Greg van Avermaet.
Feel Like a Pro
Gent-Wevelgem is undoubtedly a classic for true Flandriens, challenging riders not just with its course - especially after the addition of the unpaved Plugstreets - but also because of the weather. Here only true champions triumph, including last year's winner Greg Van Avermaet. Van Avermaet impressed on the Kemmelberg and won a mighty sprint against fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire. The day before the pro race it's your turn to experience what it feels like to ride on the Plugstreets, fight against the wind and the hills in and around Heuvelland and immerse yourself in a beautiful region steeped in (cycling) history.
Choose between four distances: 60 km, 91 km, 136 km and 215 km.
The 60 km ride (352 altitude metres, 1 supply post), is an impressive journey through history. You will ride past many military cemeteries and memorials with the Menin Gate in Ypres as the absolute highlight.
If you are up for a bigger challenge, go for the 91 km (666 altitude metres, 2 supply posts). In addition to the attractions of the Ypres region, you will also head to the notorious Kemmelberg.
Participants on the 136 km course (1296 altitude metres, 3 supply posts) and the full 215 km distance (1697 altitude metres, 4 supply posts) will face another seven climbs including the Mont des Cats and the Zwarteberg. The Plugstreets, a new introduction to last year's pro race, will also be a part of the 91, 136 and 215 km courses.
GPX downloads will be available 2 days in advance through Route You.
No matter which distance you choose, you will finish in style on the banks of the river Leie.
Discover some of the highlights of the course below.
1 Passage de moeren
A windy passage through the coastal area of De Moeren is a regular fixture of Ghent-Wevelgem. Almost every year the wind is inviting riders to race in echelons. Who will catch the right echelon and who will get dropped?
2Mont des Cats
The Mont des Cats in French-Flanders, in the town of Godewaarsvelde, is a 500-metre climb with an average gradient of 9% and a maximum gradient of 14%. Make sure to enjoy its beautiful surroundings, including the abbey.
The Zwarteberg is located on the border with Westouter in Belgium and Sint-Janskappel and the district of Boeschepe in France. The climb takes approximately 2500 metres and has an average gradient of 4.8% to 9% maximum.
The Kemmelberg remains the standout feature of Ghent-Wevelgem, a true nightmare for the riders. With a maximum gradient of 23% and strewn with cobbles this is the toughest climb of the lot.
A passage over the "Plugstreets" was a new addition during last year's event as a tribute to the Christmas truce in 1914. Three passages of semi-paved roads with a total distance of 5.2 kilometres added some extra spice to the race. The first two sectors have a slight incline in wide open meadows where the wind has free rein.
- Accident insurance (no helmet = not insured)
- Stewards to show the way / the start/finish
- Plenty of refreshments* at each checkpoint, offering Etixx sports nutrition and drinks, water and a wide range of fruit and biscuits
- Technical assistance and breakdown service
- Info card showing the hills, cobblestone sections and refreshment zones
- Excellent signage along the route
- Time and video recording for each participant
- Medical service at every checkpoint and at the finish
- Secured bicycle shed
- Changing rooms with showers
- Massage at the finish location
* Refreshments only given to those with a number plate only! Participants without a number plate will not be admitted to the race 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 feel like registering 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 shed, that way you got all the time you need to register, without having to worry about your most precious possession.
ACCESSIBILITY & PARKING
START & FINISH
- 215 km: 7.00 - 8.00
- 136 km: 7.30 - 10.00
- 91 km: 7.30 - 11.00
- 60 km: 7.30 - 11.00
The finish in Wevelgem will officially closes at 6:30 p.m.
Chosen your route? Great! Please find the prices for the Gent-Wevelgem Cyclo below.
|Breakaway (through 12/03)||13 €||15 €||17 €||19 €|
|Peloton (after 12/03)||16 €||18 €||20 €||22 €|
It makes sense to register early!
Get off to an early start and register before 13/03. This puts you in the breakaway group and gives you a better price.
Missed the breakaway and only registered after 12/03? Not to worry. The Peloton will still apply, making this classic springtime opener 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.
GROUP REGISTRATION (until 12/03)
- 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 Peloton, a cooperation between GOLAZO SPORTS NV, having its registered office at Schoebroekstraat 8, 3583 Paal-Beringen, VAT BE 0442.115.211, hereinafter referred to as GOLAZO and FLANDERS CLASSICS NV, having its registered office at Harensesteenweg 228, 1800 Vilvoorde, VAT BE 0818.388.802. hereinafter referred to as FLANDERS CLASSCIS; together referred to as ORGANIZER. GOLAZO and FLANDERS CLASSICS are your point of contact for all your questions. GOLAZO can be reached every working day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone: 011/45.99.00 - E-mail: email@example.com; FLANDERS CLASSICS can be reached every working day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone: 02/303 35 00 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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, ORGANIZER 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 ORGANIZER. For each event ORGANIZER will decide which of these alternatives apply to the event. Under no circumstance can ORGANIZER 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: Running events
- From 10 km: at least 12 years old at the time of participation
- From 21 km: at least 16 years old at the time of participation
- From 42 km: at least 18 years old at the time of participation
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. ORGANIZER 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 ORGANIZER.
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 ORGANIZER's administration. However, it may be passed on to the parties who are under contract to ORGANIZER. The Protection of privacy act of 8 December 1992 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 ORGANIZER 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 ORGANIZER to make this information public so that it can be viewed by everyone. The participant gives consent to ORGANIZER 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. ORGANIZER 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
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 Cyclo , with an indication on where the refreshment stations are located.
You can find a general nutritional schedule below.
Don't forget: a good preparation is half the battle! GOOD LUCK!
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