"Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride" Eddy Merckx

Everyone Flandrien

Time to get out and about and go exploring!

However much of the Tour of Flanders you’ve seen, there is no ignoring the miles and miles of beautiful Flemish roads and tracks just waiting for you and your two wheels to go exploring and enjoy both the scenery and the sunshine.

Celebrating the 100 years since the first Tour of Flanders, in 2013 special focus is put on Bruges woodland and the Lys Valley Area, where you can follow in the tyre-tracks of the first Flandriens, some of whom originated from this very area. There are 6 unique cycling routes and they are for all ages and abilities, so no one need be left behind. There is also a free mobile app and all the information available online right here.

The routes can be looped around and extended or shorted, so if you’re very ambitious you could do 50km in one day. Each route has a different focus and experiences involved so you can learn something new about the Flandriens, from their training to their wages, the bikes to their outfits! By designing the routes carefully, you can stop off at cycling museums, cycle cafes and enjoy photos and stories.

For those who like things to do out of the saddle as well, there are 7 interactive exhibitions so you can hop off, get a drink, then look over photos, and memorabilia that tell the story of the Flandriens. You can also attempt a sprint on a replica Flandrien’s bike, and the fastest times will be into win a unique VIP visit during the spring classics of 2014! You can also share your photos! Imagine how gorgeous you’d look in some lycra!

You thought cycling was just about pedaling? Then think again!

Towns involved: Roeselare, Waregem, Bossuit, Tielt, Torhout, Gistel