This year it will have been exactly one hundred years since the First World War came to an end. 2018 will be a year in which people all over the globe commemorate the ending of the Great War. Flanders Classics and the Ghent-Wevelgem Organisation believe this centennial provides an ideal opportunity for establishing a new race in a region that will eternally be associated with its historic battlefields:
The Great War Remembrance Race.The Great War Remembrance Race (GWRR) will entice cycling fans from Belgium and abroad to visit the beautiful Westhoek area for a unique racing experience with international allure: a combination of history and cycle racing. This one-day competition will become a sports highlight of the autumn season, a first-class event to suitably honour the sports heroes of today and the heroes of the Great War who gave their lives for our freedom.
Through the organisation of this new one-day competition (Category 1.1), Flanders Classics and the Ghent-Wevelgem Organisation have a clear goal in mind: to expand the international cycling calendar with a renowned classic. Although this first edition of the Great War Remembrance Race is intended to commemorate the ending of the First World War 100 years ago, this race is also intended to safeguard continuing awareness of this historic war, so that we will never forget. Or as Rudyard Kipling expressed it in his poem: "Lest we forget…"
Check out this video in which race director Scott Sunderland talks about what the Great War Remembrance Race means to him and many others:
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