Tour of Flanders Sportive and Pro Race 2014

A few club members had a great weekend in Belgium last month riding the famous cobbled climbs of Flanders.

We stayed in the old city of Ghent which had many lively bars and restaurants to keep us busy in the evenings (and early hours of the mornings too!).

We then set off early on the Saturday to take part in the 85 mile sportive which tackled all of the cobbled climbs of that the pros ride the next day. Including the Koppenberg, Oude Kwaremont and the final sting in the tail, the Paterberg.
This was an amazing experience, riding with approx. 15,000 cyclists!
The weather was great and we all had time for a few beers in the square in Oudenaarde afterwards.

The following day we all set off in free buses up to the Kwaremont again to watch the pros do battle. This was certainly the place to be, with them completing 3 ascents with hour intervals and the local Belgians getting more and more lively as the day went on. Wow what atmosphere!! It’s like their FA cup day, and there were a few worse for wear in the fields and on the side of the roads by the end!
I reckon this will be an annual pilgrimage for me from now on and just can’t believe it’s taken until now to go!!
What a great weekend.

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