Following the preventive actions taken against COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), the Tour of Flanders, initially scheduled for Saturday April 4th, 2020 has been postponed to Sunday September 20th, 2020.
Despite this unfortunate but necessary postponement, the 16,000 cyclists registered each year for the Tour of Flanders will still be able to enjoy the historic routes and the friendly atmosphere of this iconic event on Sunday, September 20th, 2020.
This cyclosportive event allows amateur cyclists of all levels to experience the Tour of Flanders at their own pace and level of difficulty, mixing pain and pleasure on the hills and cobblestones of Flanders, one day before the professionals’ race. To ensure accessibility to a maximum of riders, four distances are offered by the organizers:
- 235 kilometers, largely following in the professional race’s tracks from Antwerp to the Pride of Flanders in Oudenaarde
- 177 kilometers, covering the end of the professional race’s tracks but departing from Oudenaarde for simpler logistics
- 142 kilometers, a demanding course around Oudenaarde to discover Flanders on small cobblestone roads
- 74 kilometers, a more accessible course around Oudenaarde, perfectly suited for a first experience of the Tour of Flanders
No matter the distance chosen, the Tour of Flanders is the opportunity to channel your inner Eddy Merckx or your inner Tom Boonen on the paved and hilly roads of Flanders! See you in Oudenaarde on September 20th, 2020 for one of the world’s greatest cycling festivals!
The Tour of Flanders offers four cyclosportives of different distances.
The 74, 142 and 177 kilometer rides will start from De Qubus, in Oudenaarde. The 74-kilometer hike will complete a loop southeast of Oudenaarde, crossing the villages of Maarkedal, Ronse, Oude Kwaremont, a highlight of the race, then Berchem and Kerkhove before returning to Oudenaarde from the southwest and crossing the finish line in front of Donk Lake. The 142-kilometer hike will first pass through the villages of Mater and Roborst, between Zwalm and Zottegem before descending onto Rozebeke, Michelbeke, Nederbrakel and then return to Oudenaarde where it’ll join the 74-kilometer hike route to the finish in front of Donk Lake. The 177-kilometer hike has an identical route to that of 142 kilometers, but adds a 35-kilometer loop at Nederbrakel. Cyclists will venture to Geraardsbergen and the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen before rejoining path with the common route at Opbrakel.
The 235-kilometer hike will start from Plantinkaai in Antwerp, just like the professional race. The race will cross the Scheldt through the Waasland tunnel before setting off towards Oudenaarde. It will first pass through Kruibeke, Hamme and Aalst before rejoining the route of the 177 km course at Zottegem until the finish in Oudenaarde.
Solid and liquid supplies will be offered regularly along the different routes.
Saturday September 19, 2020 :
- 12PM – 7PM : Race kit retrieval
Sunday September 20, 2020 :
- 6AM – 9AM : Race kit retrieval
- 7AM – 8AM : Starts of 235 km and 177 km
- 7AM – 9AM : Start of the 142 km
- 7AM – 10AM : Start of the 74 km
- 12PM – 8PM : Massage booths at arrival
- 8PM : Finish line closure