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New Tour of Flanders route

dave milnedave milne Posts: 703
edited February 2014 in Pro race
Koppenberg near the end. no finishing circuit, oude karemont and paterberg only used twice

http://t.co/g3FXN7ScJ5

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  • dave milne wrote:
    Koppenberg near the end. no finishing circuit, oude karemont and paterberg only used twice

    http://t.co/g3FXN7ScJ5

    Oude Kwaremont is listed 3 times on that link. :?
  • I am pleased with this news of the finishing circuit's demise. May we not see its like again.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • so it is. hadn't noticed sorry
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,560 Lives Here
    Still basically a circuit. I'm looking at it with different eyes this year...I'm riding the sportive the day before.

    Fewer repetitions. I like the oude kwaremont 3 times (for the race). Nice to see the steenbeekdries back.

    Koppenberg late on is, erm, pretty full on and might neutralise it for a while before suddenly reducing it to a handful.
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    dave milne wrote:
    Koppenberg near the end. no finishing circuit, oude karemont and paterberg only used twice
    http://t.co/g3FXN7ScJ5
    Oude Kwaremont is listed 3 times on that link. :?
    Happily it's the first at 105 Km's then 10th at 205 Km's.
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/no-fini ... f-flanders
    The result of this makeover is a much more unrelenting finale in terms of the hills the riders will encounter. Now the first climb on the race after just 108km, the Oude Kwaremont is tackled again almost 100km later, followed by a first ascent of the Paterberg. From there the riders continue to the fearsome Koppenberg, which now sits just 45km from home, the closest it has ever been to the finish.

    Following it in rapid succession are Steenbeekdries (39km from the finish), the Taaienberg (37km), the Kruisberg (35km), the Oude Kwaremont (17km) and Paterberg (13km).
    A favourite of mine the Kruisberg (a little Pave climb) is still in there again.
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
  • Until the closing stages go through Geerardsbergen again it wont be the same for me :(
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,560 Lives Here
    That final 5 is slightly terrifying me.... cor.
  • Looks good. Will stop someone like Nuyens sitting the f in the entire time then winning.
    Contador is the Greatest
  • That final 5 is slightly terrifying me.... cor.

    I would have thought Haaghoek would be more of a worry for a little fella like yourself. :D
  • rayjayrayjay Posts: 1,384
    Much better. I know it's not good for the riders but when it rains it's much more exciting .
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,560 Lives Here
    That final 5 is slightly terrifying me.... cor.

    I would have thought Haaghoek would be more of a worry for a little fella like yourself. :D

    Yeah never thought of that bit.....
  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,111
    I'm looking at it with different eyes this year...I'm riding the sportive the day before.

    Me too - doing the long one?
  • MartinGTMartinGT Posts: 475
    Until the closing stages go through Geerardsbergen again it wont be the same for me :(

    The same for me, especially having cycled up it myself :(
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,560 Lives Here
    bigmat wrote:
    I'm looking at it with different eyes this year...I'm riding the sportive the day before.

    Me too - doing the long one?

    Believe so.
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    MartinGT wrote:
    Until the closing stages go through Geerardsbergen again it wont be the same for me :(
    The same for me, especially having cycled up it myself :(
    I agree also but then I used to ride around the Berg's some 20 and more years ago on quiet Saturdays on the day before RVV, Het Volk or others.
    I think the RVV course this year is better laid out than last year and hopefully the Selection will come earlier before Ronse maybe. ?
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
  • "It will be exciting for the spectators, but also for the riders themselves is something new," said Boonen. "I think this final a lot more interesting than the previous edition."

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gallery ... ers-course
    Contador is the Greatest
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