On Thursday, April 1, Flanders Classics will launch the brand new virtual De Ronde course within the Proximus Cycling eSeries and in cooperation with RGT Cycling. Johan Museeuw, triple winner of the Tour of Flanders, will also be present. After a live Q&A session, he will explore the new course during a group ride that every cycling fan can participate in for free.
This time last year, the Tour of Flanders was postponed for well-known reasons. Flanders Classics then came up with a digital alternative. In the meantime, the 104th Tour of Flanders was won by Van der Poel, Flanders Classics rolled out a complete virtual programme with the Proximus Cycling eSeries, and the next edition of Flanders’ Finest is already approaching. The perfect moment to announce a brand new virtual course within the Proximus Cycling eSeries: De Ronde.
"RGT developed a ride of 8.9 km," says Flanders Classics CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel enthusiastically. "The Ronde van Vlaanderenstraat, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg were recreated in detail, from the monument of Karel Van Wijnendaele to the benches on top of the Paterberg. The bends were precisely drawn and the gradient also reflects reality."
On Thursday, April 1, the first group ride on the brand new course is scheduled. From the Ronde van Vlaanderen Centre in Oudenaarde, where the race will finish on Sunday, Johan Museeuw will answer questions from cycling fans in a digital Q&A at 7.30pm. The session will be broadcast live on the Flanders Classics, Proximus and Ronde van Vlaanderen channels.
At 8 pm the Lion of Flanders will be at the start of the group ride for the very first recon of the new virtual course. Cycling fans can ride along for free via the RGT app. The sneak peek below teleports you to the virtual environment:
Nice extra: those who take part can choose to wear the exclusive Tour of Flanders jersey - created by La Passione - in the virtual environment. This way, the brand new course can be inaugurated in style. More information about the exclusive Tour of Flanders collection can be found here.
Who will win the virtual Tour of Flanders?
When the 104th Tour of Flanders was replaced last year by a real lockdown race, many professionals signed up to win the first ever virtual Tour of Flanders. In the end, Greg Van Avermaet was the best on the rollers.
This year, it is the cycling enthusiast’s turn, because on Saturday, April 3, a race for both men and women is scheduled on the new De Ronde course. Registration is possible via www.proximuscyclingeseries.com. The winner will not only receive eternal glory, but will also be awarded an exclusive Tour of Flanders shirt from La Passione.
The new De Ronde course is the perfect, sporty preparation for the cycling grand prix next Sunday. Cycling fans can experience in their own paincave what the final of the Tour of Flanders really feels like and then crawl into their seats on Sunday with a good dose of course knowledge to see who will succeed Van der Poel and Van den Broek-Blaak in Oudenaarde.