Ronde van Vlaanderen

“This is serious. This is Belgium”

  • ‘De Ronde’ (Tour of Flanders)
  • The Women’s Ronde
  • The Eddy Merckx Route (46km)
  • ‘Plan Beer – Oudenaards Bruin Route’ (31km)
  • Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen
  • ‘Koers is Religie’ – Cycling is a Religion; Fathers Church, Roeselare

The Monuments

The Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen – or ‘Vlaanderens Mooiste‘ – ‘Flanders Finest’) is one of the 5 Monuments of Cycling – along with Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Il Lombardia. The race was first run in 1913 and the 100th edition was raced in 2016, these are my photos of edition 102


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Photos by Me – Maps and Graphics sourced from the Web

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Ronde van Vlaanderen on the Oude Kwaremont

The Tour of Flanders race (260km) starts in Antwerp, winds its way south-west via Sint-Niklass and Aalast to the East Flanders ridge where the Tour of Flanders hills are located, and then finishes in Oudenaarde.

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Kwaremont is a village on this ridge where the race goes from being linear in nature into a merciless frantic loop with around 18 climbs including 3 accents of the Oude Kwaremont and twice up the Paterberg (see Map)

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Ronde van Vlaanderen voor Vrouwen

The Women’s Tour of Flanders has been held every year since 2004 on the same day as the men’s race

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The Eddy Merckx Route (46km)

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“Eddy Merckx won his last race in the town of Ruien on September 17th, 1977, and this ride starts where he triumphed last and includes 4 of the most iconic climbs in cycling’s Classics; the Oude Kwaremont, the Paterberg, the Kluisberg and the Hotondberg and a decent down the Rampe.”


‘Plan Beer – Oudenaards Bruin Route’ (31km)

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A cycling route starting and finishing in the leading beer city of the Flemish Ardennes Oudenaarde, with Flemish cobblestones, steep slopes and magnificent views.


Oudenaarde

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Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen

The Tour of Flanders visitors Centre in (Markt 43, 9700 Oudenaarde)


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Roeselare

http://www.koersisreligie.be/en/exhibition

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