Cycling in Flanders
Flanders: Year-round Cycling Destination Par Excellence
The nickname Flandrien was given to track cyclists from Flanders in the 1910s and 20s, and today refers to intrepid cyclists who ride in all types of weather, never give up and always go on the attack. One of the many colourful details that underscore the importance of cycling in Flanders.
Flanders is home to the challenging ‘Ronde van Vlaanderen’ (Tour of Flanders). A one-day road race in the Flemish Ardennes that needs no introduction for the true cycling fanatic, it challenges cycling’s top athletes with multiple hills and punishing cobblestones. It is one of Europe’s oldest – and most difficult – cycling competitions. For hard-core cycling enthusiasts, a trip to Flanders is nothing less than a pilgrimage to the sport’s most hallowed grounds.
Ride on the roads where natives such as Eddy Merckx, Johan Museeuw and Tom Boonen became legends. For the die-hard cycling fan and serious athlete, there’s one sure-fire way to win your bragging rights: by participating in the Tour of Flanders cyclo, an amateur cycling event held the day before the professional race.
And throughout the year, serious cyclists can pit themselves against the Flandriens by following one of the three Tour of Flanders cycling routes, which cover all the main sections of the race and every famous climb. Other unique cycling opportunities include a ride on the indoor track at the Flemish Cycling Centre Eddy Merckx in Ghent, organising a cycling event with a famous professional cyclist, or a meeting at the Tour of Flanders visitor centre in Oudenaarde!