On Saturday March, 1st all cycling fanatics should go to Kuurne, where you can ride the third edition of the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Cyclo. This event marks the real start of the Flemish cyclo season. The pro race is one of the best viewed cycling races in Flanders. Together with the Omloop het Nieuwsblad it’s called the Flemish cycling opening weekend. Some of the well-known winners are Mark Cavendish, Tom Boonen (twice), George Hincapie and Johan Museeuw.
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Cyclo takes place the day before the pro race. Last year the pro race was cancelled due to bad weather. Nonetheless more than 2000 cyclists rode the cyclo with temperatures of -4° C, sure to prove everyone they were real Flandriens.
Bearing in mind it’s the beginning of the season, you can choose for a ride of 40, 65 or 95km. The cyclo takes you through the typically Flemish countryside. You’ll have to climb some hills such as the Kwaremont, Tiegemberg and Nokereberg. It wouldn’t be a Flemish cyclo if you didn’t had to face some cobblestones. Therefore the 95km ride takes you to the 2km long Varent, a cobblestone section also known from the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The finish line is the same as for the pro riders the next day. During the race there are two extensive provisions (one for the 40km).
Off course a real Flemish cyclo doesn’t end at the finish. In the meeting point you can discuss your race enjoying a famous Belgian beer. Yeah, you can even drink a Kwaremont . Hope it doesn’t feels so hard as it’s cobblestoned brother.
Saturday, 1st March 2014 from 08.00
Where to register, start and end?
8520 Kuurne (Belgium)
End of registrations
40 Km: 14.00
65 Km: 13.00
95 Km: 12.00
40 Km: 5 euro
65 Km & 95 Km: 6 euro
This includes provisions and insurance.
Guarded cycle shed
At the start and the end you can leave your bike in a guarded cycle shed for free
Check the website (in Dutch) for additional information.