You’ve seen pictures, read stories and probably watched the legendary Ronde van Vlaanderen on TV. Do yourself a favor and experience this classic course for yourself.
On Saturday, March 30, 2013—the day before the professional race—the Tour of Flanders is open to anyone with a few Euros and a desire to ride part or all of the race route. Riders may choose one of three distances: 80 or 140 kilometers, which depart from Oudenaarde in the Flemish Ardennes, or the 240-kilometer route that starts in the ancient Belgian city of Bruges.
Registration is now open for the 2013 cyclosportif ‘Ronde’ but the organizers are limiting the event to just 16,000 participants. Though 16k may seem like a pretty lofty goal, when Paved visited the fabled Tour of Flanders roads in 2011, nearly 19,000 other riders were there with us.
Sign up soon if you want to get your inner Flandrien on.