We’re already looking forward to Saturday 29 August, when Flanders Classics and Sportvrienden Overijse will be giving it their all for the Druivenkoers. In this way, the collaboration between the municipality of Overijse and Flanders Classics is being further expanded.
Despite the difficult period everyone is going through, Flanders Classics has not been resting on its laurels and is decidedly looking towards the future. Before the postponed spring classics take place this October, a cycling weekend already awaits fans at the end of August. To make this possible, Flanders Classics has joined forces with the organisation Sportvrienden Overijse and the municipality of Overijse for the organisation of the Druivenkoers. The Brussels Cycling Classic will follow a day later.
In the autumn, one of the events planned is De Brabantse Pijl on 7 October. Flanders Classics already had good relations with the municipality of Overijse for several years, because of this classic. Today, the Druivenkoers is a new step in that collaboration and Flanders Classics will in that connection be working with Sportvrienden Overijse to organise the Druivenkoers on Saturday 29 August. In the winter, another co-organisation will follow for the Druivencross in Overijse, which is part of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and in fact better known as the “mother of all cyclo-cross races”.
“The pleasant cooperation with Overijse makes us naturally proud to be able to expand our partnership,” says Tomas Van Den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics. “The Druivenkoers is not only a great race, but the area around Overijse is also increasingly becoming known as a cycling hotspot. Just look at the successful Brabantse Pijl Cycling Route that was recently set up. And then, of course, there’s the finale of the World Championship road races that will be coming into this region next year, with a finish in Leuven. Cycling is hot in and around Overijse.”
"After this tough spring, we are happy and proud that the Druivenkoers has got a place on the calendar," says Inge Lenseclaes, mayor of Overijse. "Overijse is a true cycling village and this year we have been able to seal that by working together with De Sportvrienden Overijse and Flanders Classics. I'm sure the riders are already looking forward to the beautiful course in our region. Overijse is ready to support, albeit from a safe distance. It will undoubtedly be an extraordinary edition!
A 192 km-race awaits the pack on Saturday 29 August, starting and finishing at the Stationsplein in Overijse. The race is set in the area around Overijse, in the undulating Druivenstreek (grape-growing region) south of Brussels.
The finale consists of five final laps that mainly run through the municipality of Overijse. The climbs of Schavei, Ijskelderlaan, Smeysberg (Huldenberg) and the Bollestraat are included in each lap. With a total of 34 climbs, the circuit has all the facets needed to make it a beautiful as well as challenging race.
Moreover, the list of participants expected for the Druivenkoers is excellent. The six UCI World Teams below will be taking part. Together with 10 UCI Pro Teams and four UCI Continental Teams, they will put their mark on the 60th edition of the Druivenkoers. The names of the participating riders will be announced at a later stage.