Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

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Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby durhamwasp » Sun Nov 26, 2017 17:11 pm

Looking at doing one of Gent-Wevelgem, Doors dwar Vlaanderen or E3 Herelbeke sportives in March, anyone done any of them and any recommendations? All look good!
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby thecycleclinic » Sun Nov 26, 2017 21:47 pm

I want to enter one but how there appears to be no website
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby durhamwasp » Mon Nov 27, 2017 00:14 am

Don't think entry is open yet. Last year Cancellara Classic entries opened on Dec 20th.
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby PoweredByIdris » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:36 am

Yep - did G-W last year and I seem to remember that entries opened quite late.

Didn't sell out however (there were on-the-day sign-ups), so you can go ahead and book your accommodation. The Ibis in Kortrijk was cheap and bike friendly, and did an early breakfast for the sportive riders.

Great course as if the weather's good, the full circuit is a great day out, but if the weather's poor you can always turn off onto the 145km course which includes all the highlights (Ypres, Kemmelberg and the other climbs)

Super-friendly, cheap (10 euros), low numbers, constantly given right-of-way by cars (not much traffic encountered anyway), and beer and frites at the finish made it a really fun day.

Watching the pros can be done either side of the sportive day with the finish of E3 10-15 mins ride away on the Friday, and G-W on the Saturday.

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby ATYapton » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:55 am

We booked G-W through
Www.sportivebreaks.com
Ignore the bits about accommodation and you should get entry only

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby kirkee » Sat Dec 30, 2017 14:35 pm

Planning a trip to do the GW with a small group of riders in 2018. Its one I've been thinking of for a while as its a lesser known race to the monuments. A few of us have done the more popular RVV and Paris Roubaix events before, I hope its a good day out. Don't know really what to expect from the event as its not loaded with hellingen or pave as the other major classics are, so looking forward to finding out. A few of us are going to do the full distance ride, riding through the old WW1 battlefields and memorials adds another aspect to it. Did consider the Omloop few years ago but its a shorter sportive thats like a mini RVV so would give that a miss in favour of the big one in April.
All the registrations look open, 19 euros for the 220km GW, bargain and no early shuttle needed to start either.
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby philbar72 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:51 am

Looking forward to Gent Wevelgem this year.

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby Shirley Basso » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:58 am

Am doing AGR this year

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby durhamwasp » Thu Feb 15, 2018 08:14 am

We are signed up for E3 Harelbeke. €14 entry, typical European value not like the rip-off sportives in the UK.
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby PoweredByIdris » Thu Feb 15, 2018 09:35 am

Interested to hear your thoughts on E3 Durhamwasp. Could be on the cards for next year

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby durhamwasp » Thu Feb 15, 2018 09:43 am

I'll be writing something about our trip, and will share it on here! Fingers crossed for dry weather...
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby kirkee » Tue Mar 20, 2018 22:02 pm

Were doing the Gent Wevelgem this Saturday. Just found out that the Johan Museeuw classic sportive runs the next day. I dont know if any of the riders on the trip will do it but if the legs are still there who knows!!!
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby durhamwasp » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:23 am

Can't recommend the E3 Sportive enough! Brilliant day of cycling in great weather on legendary climbs! And all for just £12 entry.
Here's our report and photos here: https://snookcycling.wordpress.com/e3-harelbeke/
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby kirkee » Tue Mar 27, 2018 13:27 pm

durhamwasp wrote:Can't recommend the E3 Sportive enough! Brilliant day of cycling in great weather on legendary climbs! And all for just £12 entry.
Here's our report and photos here: https://snookcycling.wordpress.com/e3-harelbeke/

Good to meet you there over a cold Kwaremont! Great ride had by all!
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby durhamwasp » Tue Mar 27, 2018 17:41 pm

kirkee wrote:
durhamwasp wrote:Can't recommend the E3 Sportive enough! Brilliant day of cycling in great weather on legendary climbs! And all for just £12 entry.
Here's our report and photos here: https://snookcycling.wordpress.com/e3-harelbeke/

Good to meet you there over a cold Kwaremont! Great ride had by all!

Yes, defo! Sounds like you had a class long weekend, we might copy that next year!
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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby PoweredByIdris » Wed Mar 28, 2018 09:04 am

durhamwasp wrote:Can't recommend the E3 Sportive enough! Brilliant day of cycling in great weather on legendary climbs! And all for just £12 entry.
Here's our report and photos here: https://snookcycling.wordpress.com/e3-harelbeke/


Great write-up DW - looks like that'll be going on the list for next year

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby CarbonClem » Tue Apr 02, 2019 09:44 am

Just dragging this thread up ...

Just back from doing the 2019 G-W Sportive. Thoroughly recommend it, superb route through the WW1 battlegrounds, riding through the Plugstreets past the Christmas Truce spot, under the Menin Gate and climbing the Kemmelberg were highlights. Well organised, well marshalled, easy free parking and all for under 20 euros. There was a 5 euro deposit on the number/timing chip which you could get back or exchange for a tee shirt, I kept mine as a memento.
I did the weekend, so watched E3 on Friday, Sportive on Saturday and watched G-W pro's climbing the Kemmelberg on Sunday - all in beautiful sunshine. Stayed in Gent which was a bit of a way out, but I was with my wife so that was 'her' part of the weekend.

Highly recommended.

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby philbar72 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 08:52 am

have to agree about the E3/ GW weekend. the GW course is great fun (2nd time I've done it now). stayed near Wevelgem in a really nice airbnb. will be back in the summer hopefully.

I wrote up a report on the KW website. http://www.kingstonwheelers.com/index.p ... cle&id=250 it needs some images....

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby davetex » Wed Apr 10, 2019 05:32 am

Great write up,one to pencil in next year.

Thinking of this area for an autumn stay to get some miles in too.

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Re: Belgian Early-Spring Classic Sportives

Postby durhamwasp » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:14 am

Hoping to do GW or LBL next year, and possibly go back to Oudenaarde for a long weekend in early October. Great place!
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