The Tour of Flanders race is famous for many things: tales of hard men and legendary riders battling the elements, fearsome stories of cobbled ‘muurs’ and ‘bergs’ that break riders, and cheering fans awash in Belgian beer and frites.
Mix in gravel paths, muddy segments, spicy climbing zones and a thousand amateur gravel cyclists turns the race into Flanders Gravel – Europe’s newest monumental gravel race.
With routes of 80, 120 or 160km on 2-4 July 2021, organiser Flanders Classics offers something for every graveleur, from beginner to expert.
Starting in Oudenaarde, Belgium, the awesome Ardennes routes roll in the shadow of the world famous Koppen, Kemmel and Oude Kwaremont bergs, setting the stage for much pain, suffering and on-the-bike fun.
The three-day event is co-produced by retired road pro, Laurens ten Dam.
“Gravel rides are not only cycling events that combine the best parts of road cycling and cyclocross, they are true total experiences,” said ten Dam. “After the trip, I hope we will get to relax at the bonfire with a cool beer in our hands, some music in the background, and all of that at a unique setting.”
Should Flanders Gravel need to be rescheduled, like it’s sister road event the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive now 18 September, a back-up date of 16-18 October is planned.
More details and registration information available at the Flanders Classics web site.