Amateurs riding the Tour of Flanders course

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  1. jeff828

    jeff828 New Member

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    Has anyone ridden the "cycling tourist ronde van vlaanderen ride" that is held in April the day before the pro's race the Tour of Flanders.
    http://www.sport.be/cycling/rondeva...deren/2007/eng/
    Pictures http://www.rvv.be/2007/eng/fotos/wi...risten2007.html

    This is a ride that is open to the public and you get to ride the same exact course, with all the climbs, that the pro’s will ride the next day. How cool would it be to ride the course, then watch the pro’s race the next day in person the way the Belgium’s do!!
    Does anyone have any advice/tips on riding the event, either from personal experience or knowledge because they live in Belgium? Here are some quick questions

    ...Is the start and finish in the same cities every year?
    ...Are the shorter courses always started in Ninove?
    ...What is the temperature usually in April?
    ...Is it hard to rent a car & drive the roads in general?
    ...If you stay in Brussels, do all the hotels fill up fast?
    ...Are there any sites where I could read peoples blogs/experiences/advice?
    ...Is it easy to follow the course to see the pro's racing? I’ve read where people watch them pass on a climb, then take back roads to get to another point watch them and so on.
    ...Are there better sites than this one for information? http://www.sport.be/cycling/rondeva...deren/2007/eng/


    Any advise would be appreciated
     
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  2. lverbrae

    lverbrae New Member

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    Hey Jeff,

    Yes I have done this ride 2 years ago and I am living in Belgium, Flanders where the race is held.

    So let me answer your questions:

    ...Is the start and finish in the same cities every year?

    Not each year , but the latest editions started in Brugge and finished in Meerbeke [Ninove ]. Also the case for 2008.

    ...Are the shorter courses always started in Ninove?

    the 70K and 140K do start and arrive in ninove, yes.

    ...What is the temperature usually in April?

    well usually i would say around 15 degrees Celcius.
    Can be wet and windy :)


    ...Is it hard to rent a car & drive the roads in general?
    Belgium is a civilized country Jeff. We do have roads and cars.
    Arriving in the airport would be no big deal to rent a car from any of the major rental services.

    ...If you stay in Brussels, do all the hotels fill up fast?
    do no stay in Brussels , go to Flanders and pick a town like Gent
    which is central.

    ...Are there any sites where I could read peoples blogs/experiences/advice?

    Yes of course: start with subscribing at http://www.sport.be/cycling/rondevanvlaanderen/2007/eng/
    for more Advice you can contact me if still needed.

    the nr 1 rule to do the full course is to have the necessary endurance.
    That means you should be fit enough todo 280 km's in 1 day.

    the nr2 rule is , do not start too fast, the first 180 kms are flat and a lot of foreigners are spending too much energy on these roads. Remember the final 100 km's are TOUGH packed with 20 short but steep hills [20% and more] and curblestones like Paris-Roubaix.

    the nr 3 rule , have an adapted geering set , a 12-27 cog is a minimum
    and a triple is adviceable if you are above 75 Kilograms.



    ...Is it easy to follow the course to see the pro's racing? I’ve read where people watch them pass on a climb, then take back roads to get to another point watch them and so on.

    NO it is not easy !!!!
    It would not be easy for a foreigner to around that day.
    On that day , it is chaos , everybody wants to be along the track as many times as possible, everywhere there are tents and people partying to see the racers fly by and drink and eat. It is D-day in Flanders , thousands of people on the streets cheering the riders , were only the 10 fittest stay ahead for the last 2 hills around Geraardsbergen, that is the place i would avice you to go and watch the madness.
    ...Are there better sites than this one for information? http://www.sport.be/cycling/rondeva...deren/2007/eng/


    Any advise would be appreciated[/QUOTE]
    That is it Jeff , I am already subscribed for the 2008 version.
    Follow me , we ride this 280 km in 10 hours.
    Start in Brugge at 7 am
    Ninove , a sprint like the pro's on the same arrival spot around 5 pm.

    Regards
    Luc
     
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