Cyclo 237km - 200km : 7am - 8am
Unofficial start (parking, transport luggage, pick-up starting numbers)
2. de Qubus, Lindestraat in Oudenaarde
Cyclo 141 km: 7am - 9am
Cyclo 74 km: 7am - 10am
The last check point will be closed at 7pm. If you arrive here later, you're no longer an official participant and you will be obliged to follow the shortest road to the finish. The finish in Oudenaarde will be closed officially at 8pm.
You can reach the car park N60 (Westerring) from Ronse or Gent. On the N60 (Westerring), follow the signs provided by the organisers.
You will not be able to get to the Qubus by car.
From 1 February 2017 Antwerp has a low emission zone. In this zone only vehicles are allowed that comply with certain emission norms. For more information on where the LEZ is and if your car is allowed, go to: www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/nl/lez
From Oost- and West-Vlaanderen: via E17 (Gent- Antwerp) and E34 (Knokke - Antwerp)
From Limburg and Oost-Antwerpen: via E313 (Luik-Antwerp), E19 and A12
From Oost- and West-Vlaanderen: Via E17 (Gent - Antwerp)
From Oost- and West-Vlaanderen: Via E34 (Knokke/Zelzate-Antwerp)
From the Netherlands and North Antwerp: Via A12 (Bergen Op Zoom - Antwerp)
From Mechelen or Brussels: Via E19 (Brussels - Mechelen - Antwerp)
From Oost- and West-Vlaanderen: via E17 (Gent- Antwerp) and E34 (Knokke - Antwerp)
From Limburg and Oost-Antwerpen: via E313 (Luik-Antwerpen), E19 and A12
will receive their package by post, one week before the event.
can pick up their number on the spot at the preregistration booth. One week before the event they will get their number by email. With this number they can pick up their tag at the preregistration booth.
Friday 31/3 between 2 pm and 7 pm in Oudenaarde.
Saturday 1/4 from 7 am in Oudenaarde or Antwerp (237 km - 200 km).
Thanks to Brussels all participants of the Skoda Classic Challenge 2017 will receive a 15% discount on the following Brussels return flights operated by Brussels Airlines (not applicable to code share partners):
This promotion applies to flights with destination Brussels from the 29th of March 2017 until the 9th April 2017 (excluding tax and supplements).
If you want to enjoy this discount, just make your reservation at the bottom of this page using the reservation form. Making a reservation is possible from 5/1/2017.
As soon as you have completed the online reservation through the website's widget, get in touch with the Brussels Airlines sales team at 00 32 2 723 23 62 (week days: 09:00-19:00 / Saturday: 09:00-17:00) Caution! Bike transport will have to be requested in advance.
The call center assistant will be able to confirm the transportation of one bike per passenger and will explain the procedure in terms of packing and check-in.
We kindly request that you respect the traffic code and do not urinate in public. You will find a sufficient number of toilets at every refreshment station and at the top of every climb.
The police will punish those who do not respect this code of conduct.
Provisions only if you show the We Ride Flanders-tag !
If you don't have the tag, you will not be given access to the course.
Shimano will provide breakdown cover at 4 spots. Should you suffer a flat tyre, chain breakage or brake cable failure? Shimano will be there to get you on your way again.
A number of cycle mechanics will be standing by, along the route, to provide help where needed. If a cycle mechanic is not able to help you out, you can always call the emergency number on the check card. Transport will arrive shortly to pick you up.
A small number of rental bikes will be made available by Prompt on site in Oudenaarde.
Participants who want to make use of this service need to reserve a bike in advance: https://www.prompt.cc/tourofflanderscyclehire.aspx
The organisation and police will ensure that the Highway Code is observed. Offenders will be punished.
So as not to put the future of the event at risk, we therefore expressly ask that you observe traffic regulations, but also that you do not leave any litter behind or urinate outdoors.
We are counting on the sporting attitude of all participants. If everyone cooperates, April 1st will again be a day to celebrate!
We Ride Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge and the Paris-Roubaix Challenge form the holy triangle of the Classics sportives.
SKODA has an extra treat in store for everyone who rides these 3 races.
You can collect your gift (backpack) next to the deposit reclaim stand in Liège on 22 April!
More info: www.skodaclassicchallenge.com
SPORTOGRAF.COM is the official photo service of the Tour of Flanders. 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.
Support cars are not allowed: they challenge the safety of participants and cause unnecessary jams.
This is why they will be disallowed on several stretches across the course.
The ultimate challenge is to ride the entire course from Antwerp to Oudenaarde (237km) as the pros will do the day after. However, the routes of 200km, 141km and 74km will also leave you plenty of opportunity to get to know the steep climbs and the cobblestones.
The cycle routes are completely signposted with these arrows:
Nicknamed 'Vlaanderens Mooiste' ("Flanders finest"), this is one of the most mythical hills in the Flemish Ardennes. Famous, among other things, for the Tour of Flanders, and the annual Koppenbergcross cyclocross race. Every year, a proportion of the participants dismount to make the steep cobbled climb on foot, and the image of Fabian Cancellara doing just that a few years ago, his chain draped round his neck after it broke, is still clear in our memories.more info
Famous due to the fact that not only the Tour of Flanders, but also the E3 Harelbeke and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad all pass this way, this hill has now come to be nicknamed the Boonenberg, because this is where Tom Boonen makes his first attack every year.more info
At 2,200 m. the Oude Kwaremont is the longest paved climb in Belgium. Since 2011 it has taken on a more important role in the final of the Tour of Flanders. Together with the Paterberg it is now part of the final lap. In 2012 the pros climbed it a total of three times.more info
Since 2011 this has been the absolute killer in the Tour of Flanders. Where the Oude Kwaremont is a long climb, the Paterberg is a steep narrow cobbled incline of 360 m. with a maximum gradient of 20.3 %. It was here, last year, that Fabian Cancellara outrode Peter Sagan, ultimately going on to triumph solo in Oudenaarde.more info
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The organising party advises avoiding intense physical activities without being properly prepared. Ensure that you make wise decisions regarding the distance you wish to cover and/or the tempo you want to maintain. If you want to take part in competitive sport and at a high intensity, it is advised to undergo an annual medical examination.
It is not obliged to present medical certificates. It is up to the sportsman/woman to decide how he/she wants to interpret the information received during a medical examination. Thus, the organising party cannot be held responsible for any matters regarding this.
Balanced nutrition is crucial for every sportman or -woman and a course requires a specific preparation. To be ready you have to anticipate.
One week before the race: Choose foods that are rich in carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice, oats, fruit, gingerbread and dried fruit to ramp up your energy levels. You don't have start bingeing, but the last week you can definitely take some extra food to optimise your muscle glycogen stores. Make sure to drink around 1.5 litres of water per day.
The day before the race you might want to choose foods that are easier to digest. Don't eat massive portions of vegetables and fruit, avoid fats, eat a moderate amount of protein and fibre. Of course you need an ample amount of carbs.
Choose whatever makes you comfortable. Don't try new things and avoid strong spices, spicy dishes or food with a high amount of fat.
Examples: pasta with tomato sauce and chicken, rice with a small amount of vegetables and lean meat or fish, sandwiches with lean fillings.
The final meal before the race: You should eat this meal 3 hours before the warming up. This permits you to build up your energy reserves before the effort. The meal should be light and easy to digest.
Take 150 to 250 ml of isotonic sports drink every 15 or 20 minutes.
This is ideal for gentle exercise as it allows your body to absorb 30 grams of carbohydrates per hour. If your training gets more intensive, you can bump this up to 60 grams of carbs per hour. That's the same amount of sports drink plus a granola bar, energy bar or energy gel.
While exercising your body will lose a lot of fluids through sweating.
Try to gain back 150% of your fluid losses within six hours after the exercise. How do you know how much fluid you lost? Check our website www.foodforenergy.be to take the fluid test.
Hydratations tips for a good race: Don't wait until you're thirsty. Drinking is essential for your health and body weight, every amount of water that gets lost should be recovered. You have to drink regularly, every 15 to 20 minutes, even by cold weather.
It's essential to drink before, during and after sporting.
It's recommended to pick your drinks well.
Water is sufficient for efforts less than one hour. After one hour the shortage of carbs and natrium should be compensated by drinks of the 'isotone' type.
Het is essentieel te drinken voor, tijdens en na het sporten.
Our +: Drink regularly, this is 1 or 2 sips every 5 to 10 minutes.
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|* Did you know that: a loss of water of 2% of body mass can reduce the sport performances by 20%.|
|* You have to drink AT LEAST 0.5 liters each sporting hour|