Flanders Classics and Gent-Wevelgem have decided not to organise the Great War Remembrance Race this year. Reason for this is that this year the organisation does not feel to be able to bring the race to the level it desires. Among other things, the competition of the Vuelta and a number of other WordTour races in this period makes it difficult to attract a sufficient amount of WorldTour teams. Therefore, it was decided that the first edition of 2018 would not be continued for the time being.
The Great War Remembrance Race appeared on the calendar for the first time in 2018, 100 years after the end of World War I. The race was created for that very reason: to pay a sports tribute to the end of the Great War by racing on its historical battleground. The organisation intended to bring the new race to the level of the other Flanders Classics races in the short term, but for the moment does not succeed in doing so, also because of the organisation of the EuroEyes Cyclassics of Hamburg, the Tour of Germany and the Tour of Spain in the same period.
Tomas Van Den Spiegel (CEO Flanders Classics): “We had hoped to be able to grow with the Great War Remembrance Race to a high level in a relatively short period of time, but we had to be honest to ourselves and we have to admit that this year it didn't look like we were going to be able to organise a race that would suit us as organisers. We still keep believing that ‘de Westhoek’ has the potential to grow to an even more leading region in the world of cycling. Gent-Wevelgem is already proving this since 2013 with their baseline ‘In Flanders Fields’ and the unique course along monuments and cemeteries from WWI. The race will continue to pay a sporty tribute to the end of the Great War.”
For now, the Estonian Mihkel Räim remains the first and only winner of the Great War Remembrance Race.