From 2021 onwards, the Ronde van Limburg will be part of Flanders Classics. The non-profit association "Limburg Demarreert" and the organisers of the Tour of Flanders will therefore join forces for the first time on Whit Monday, 24 May. For the next three years they will be able to count on the support of the provincial capital Hasselt that will be the starting point of the race. The finish will be at the Eeuwfeestwal in Tongeren, which was the case before already.
Now that Flanders Classics and the non-profit organisation Limburg Demarreert have joined forces for the Ronde van Limburg, the organiser of Flanders' Finest, among others, has finally filled in that one blind spot on the list: "A professional race in Limburg was still missing from our calendar," says Flanders Classics CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel. "We're really looking forward to Whit Monday and are happy that the city of Hasselt will be supporting this classic. Just like in many of our other races, we will now cooperate in the Ronde van Limburg with the provincial capital as starting point, which we think is an important commitment that contributes to the image of the race."
A cooperation of 3 years is what the city of Hasselt is signing up for. "The Ronde van Limburg has a rich tradition," says Steven Vandeput, Mayor of Hasselt. "As city council, we want to underline that tradition. Together with Flanders Classics, we hope to put this classic and our city as a sports and experience city back on the map."
"With the arrival of the Ronde van Limburg in Hasselt, we strengthen our position as a true sports city," says alderman for Sport Habib El Ouakili proudly. "It is a fantastic boost for cycling in our city. Together, we can turn this Ronde van Limburg into a true classic."
IN THE HEART OF HASPENGOUW
After the start in Hasselt the peloton heads south into the undulating Haspengouw. Not only does a challenging course await them in the heart of the fruit-growing region, Limburg also shows off its green and tourist assets in two Ronde van Limburg villages. "In Borgloon, the peloton will undoubtedly be confronted with a challenging course in a setting that is known as the Pearl of Haspengouw," says alderman for Leisure Kim Mommen.
Next the peloton heads for Bilzen, with two passages through the Alden Biesen estate. "We are very pleased to welcome the Ronde van Limburg", says alderman for Sport Peter Thijs. "Bilzen has a rich history as a fervent race town, thanks to the many exciting races and local cycling heroes. We are now setting out to breathe new life into this unforgettable sporting heritage. We are doing this by investing in cycling facilities, supporting youth cycling competitions, and bringing in top cycling events. Such as the Tour of Limburg. Because in Bilzen, the race is at home, from start to finish."
Then a final with 3 local laps awaits in Tongeren. The finish is on the slightly sloping Eeuwfeestwal in the first city of the country, where the enthusiasm is great already: "We are delighted that, after a gap of one year, we can once again be the arrival city for the Ronde van Limburg," says Mayor Patrick Dewael. "Under the new wing of Flanders Classics, this fantastic event will gain even more importance. Tongeren is cycling, and we are going to stress this once again with the Ronde van Limburg 2021!
Vzw 'Limburg demarreert' and Flanders Classics are looking forward to an exciting race day on Whit Monday. More information: www.rondevanlimburg.be