Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour of Flanders – who's going?
not this year, hopefully next. did it in 2011 and the experience has yet to be beaten.
Nope, Paris-Roubaix for us this year. Proper pavé!
We do both in a weekend. 70 odd miles of Paris Roubaix on the friday, Ronde sportive on the saturday, very close together, if you use Brugge as a base.Posted 4 years ago
If you haven’t picked up your entry pack in Oudenaarde the day before then you have to go to the stadium and pick it up there on the day. You will then you are directed to the Grote Markt which is the official start.Posted 4 years ago
I’m picking my number up in Oudenaarde so I get an extra half hour in bed and go straight to the market square and get on with the ride without the faff.
Plop_pants, I’m staying in the Parkhotel Bruges on Vrijdagmarkt.
Last year I was at the Novotel.. rode out to Jan Breydel Stadium and then started, so know the route. Just seems a bit funny to go from centre of Bruges out to the start, then ride back into the centre of Bruges..! Oh well, it’s all kilometres in the legs. A bit like the first 10kms of Milan San-Remo I s’pose.
Marge – no need to worry about ‘exclusivity’ on the course if you’re doing the 259kms… by the time you reach the hills most/all the people riding the shorter routes will have cleared off.Posted 4 years ago
Pretty much acclimatised to it now. Windchill of -7 on my ride on Sunday and pretty much that today.
Digger, I was going to suggest that I could pick your number up with mine from Oudenaarde on Friday. I’m staying in the IBIS at Brugge railway station so could meet up but I’m not sure it will be much help as our hotels aren’t that close.Posted 4 years ago
Plop_pants.. many thanks mate, that is a very kind offer. Don’t want to put you to any trouble and it probably is better if I just get it Sat morning at the stadium.
I’ll be on a black/white carbon Colnago with red Hope hubs on the wheelset and wearing a black & white jacket or rain jacket if anyone passes and wants to say ‘Hi’!Posted 4 years ago
Everyone survive ok?
As I wasn’t sure about finishing it due to the threat of snow I got in a fast group just to see if I could get to Oudenaarde before blowing up.Posted 4 years ago
Of course the weather was fine so hitting the hills with wobbly legs didn’t help but I managed to staved off the dreaded ‘bonk’ until 30 miles to go. After that it was just a misty haze.
Another fantastic event that just gets better each year!
Have a look at the pictures on the RVV Cyclo site of the riders doing the shorter distances on the Koppenberg. Total gridlock. I dabbed for the first time on the Koppenberg after a rider fell in front of me putting me over onto the only damp bit on the climb. Rear wheel slipped like it was on ice. Managed to get going again though.Posted 4 years agokennypSubscriber
Typing this from a hotel outside Oudenaarde, where Omega-Pharma were earlier. Amazing weekend. We did a recce ride on Friday, including climbing the Koppenberg, then rode the 133 km route yesterday and spent this afternoon on the Kwaremont with thousands of drunk Belgians. Add in brilliant beer, chocolate and some of the finest steaks I’ve ever tasted and it makes for an altogether near perfect few days away.
Great cycling country. Bikes have total right of way everywhere in Flanders and the people are hugely into their bike racing.Posted 4 years ago
OMG that was HARD!!!!
I bonked after 6hrs.. just didn’t eat enough (although I thought I had and was regularly stuffing my face). The rest was done at a snail’s pace took me 2hrs longer than last year, and I was fitter, lighter and in better shape. Oh cr@p.
The temperature didn’t help me as my body slows down in the cold, and then it started snowing very lightly toward the end too…
It wasn’t that hard last year – what happened???Posted 4 years ago
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