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DETAILS 3 DAY STAGE RACE

MOUNTAINBIKE VAN VLAANDEREN

PARTICIPANT PACKAGE

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Here you will eventually find the competition rules, technical guide, start list and briefing.

 

 

 

Fully marked course that weaves through the woods and fields in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes.

All dangerous sections will either be clearly marked with a sign or identified by a course marshal.

Plenty of feed zones, equipped with toilets.

A packet with high quality energy gels and performance bars.

Technical and medical assistance available throughout the course.

After each stage, there are two chiropractors ready to help treat any complaints you may have –

   free of charge. This service is offered in conjunction with Chiropraxie Vlaamse Ardennen.

Free camping within walking distance from the start/finish (with toilets, but no electricity or water

   hookup). Pre-registration via email to peter@mountainbikevanvlaanderen.be is required.

Showers, toilets, bike wash and secure bike parking at the start/finish.

Live time tracking and results.

After each stage, leader’s jersey and award ceremonies for the top three per category.

Free photos thanks to media partner Mountainbike.be.

Personalized number plate plus official roadbook and goodie bag.

Three coupons for free drinks in the cosy Flanders Mountain Bike village.

Free pasta party Saturday evening.

Free pancake buffet after Sunday’s stage.

Finisher t-shirt for each participant who reaches the finish.

 

Optional:

One-day license (required for participants without a racing license):

15 euros for the three days, for insurance coverage.

To be paid during the online registration.

CONCEPT & SCHEDULE

 

 

Mountain bike of Flanders:

Three days of racing against the clock through the Flemish Ardennes' most epic terrain.

Alone or as a duo!

 

The overwhelming success of our first edition screamed out for a sequel: from 10 to 12 August 2018, you can reclaim your biker-heart in the Flemish Ardennes. Racers, recreational riders of all levels, kids and spectators alike will all be catered to once again to ensure a memorable event. In between the races, everyone is welcome to take a stroll through our extensive expo zone.

 

The ingredients for our 3 Day Stage Race remain the same: cobblestone climbs with names such as that of a clock, fairytale forests and picturesque villages, knitted together with the most beautiful trails that the Flemish Ardennes have to offer. Our recipe for success changes only slightly for this edition: a new formula for our prologue and new trails for our shortened Saturday stage. Enjoy the feast!

 

The number of participants is limited.

 

The complete schedule:

Friday 10 August 2018

13:00 - 17:00: 3 Days Prologue  - 40 km

(3 timed specials for a total of 11 km) - 550 alt

 

Saturday 11 August 2018

12:00: 3 Days Stage 1 - 127 km, 2160 alt

Post-stage : Pasta party

Other happenings: MTB fun ride (7:30-10:30) - expo zone & test rides

 

Sunday 12 August 2018

11:00: 3 Days Stage 2 - 100 km, 1600 alt

Post-stage: Pancake party & fun & cosy afterparty

Other happenings: MTB Kids Series event, expo zone & test rides

 

Start and Finish: Donkvijver (Donk Pond), Minderbroedersstraat, Oudenaarde

 

 

COURSE

  • 10.08.2018 - 3 Days  Prologue

    40 km (3 timed specials for a total of 11 km) - 550 alt

     

    The prologue has seriously grown over the past twelve months: it’s no longer three, but forty kilometers long. Eleven of these kilometers, spread over three ‘sections’, are against the clock. The kilometers connecting these time trial sections can be ridden at your own pace, so that you can fully recover while enjoying the gorgeous views. Along the way, you’ll get to experience – among many other things – the famous Mater and Haaghoek cobblestones. At the end of the prologue, you’ll get a taste of Saturday’s new stage finish.

     

    Duos work together as a team. Times of both riders from the timed sections will be combined.

     

  • 11.08.2018 - 3 Days Stage 1 • 127 km

    127 km (2 laps), 2160 alt, start at 12 noon

     

    Saturday’s stage remains the longest of the 3 Day Stage Race, thanks to 2 rounds of 63 km.  Right after the start, you’ll already be crossing the peak – via offroad - of the legendary Koppenberg climb. Following the famous Leo Pironpad is the brand new highlight of the stage: a tough passage through the Muziekbos woods which will demand much climbing and bike-handling skills.  The second half of the stage is also new for this edition. It starts off with a few long sections through undulating fields that connect the climbs. Here the wind can play a strong role. Towards the end of the stage, you’ll hit a long succession of short, steep ‘bumps’ typical of the Flemish Ardennes.

     

    Participants who are registered as a duo will ride one round each

     

  • 12.08.2018 - 3 Days Stage 2 • 100 km

    100 km (2 laps), 1600 alt, start at 11 am

     

    Our final stage is mainly on the same trails as in 2017. It will again consist of two 50 km laps, which start with a warm-up along the banks of the Schelde River followed by the first climbs around the Oude Kwaremont. Afterwards you’ll hit the ‘crème de la crème’ of our three-day event: the technically and physically demanding section through the Kluisbos forest, which contains a few extensive sections through private land. You’ll return again via the most famous climbs of the Tour of Flanders: the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg – both via offroad. At the end, we take you straight up the famous cobblestones of the Koppenberg.

     

    Participants who are registered as a duo will ride one round each.

     

  • 11.08.2018 - MTB of Flanders Fun Ride

    Challenging terrain with start and finish at Oudenaarde’s Donkvijver pond. Expect lots of climbing as well as some gorgeous views of the Flemish Ardennes. Two distances: 54 km and 44 km.

  • 12.08.2018 - Kids Series

    Singletracks in the woods, short but challenging climbs, as well as wider paths for easily passing other riders: our kids course has everything to make for exciting racing.

    Thanks to our partner DP-Solutions every kid participates for free!

    The schedule:

    • Registrations open at 11:00.
    • 12:00: Dikkebandenrace 7-11 years (kids without racing license)
    • 12:30: Kids Series U9
    • 13:00: Podium ceremony
    • 13:30: Dikkebandenrace 12-18 years (kids without racing license)
    • 14:15: Kids Series U11
    • 14:45: Podium ceremony
    • 15:00: Kids Series U13
    • 15:45: Kids Series U15
    • 16:30: Podium ceremony

     

  • 11 & 12.08.2018 - Expo & Test Days

    Between the races, you can test bikes from various manufacturers present at our expo that’s set up at the Donkvijver pond. Brands as Ridley, Specialized, BH Bikes, Devinci, Kuota and Zanatta were present in 2017.

1 x 40 km          3 'specials' • 11 km of which is against the clock

10.08.2018 - 3 Days Prologue - 40 km & 550 alt

SUMMER BIKE TEST & EXPO DAYS 2017

11.08.2018 - 3 Days Stage 1 - 127 km & 2160 alt

2 x 63,5 km          2 x 1080 alt climbing

12.08.2018 - 3 Days Stage 2 - 100 km & 1600 alt

2 x 50 km          2 x 800 alt climbing

= extra info

SIDE EVENTS SCHEDULE

MTB Fun Ride

For those who don’t have the condition or time to take on the 3-day stage race, our Saturday Fun Ride is a nice alternative. Expect lots of climbing as well as some gorgeous views of the Flemish Ardennes.

Two distances: 54 km and 44 km.

 

Kids Series

On Sunday 12 August we are hosting a Flanders Kids Series race at Oudenaarde’s Donkvijver pond as a side event.

 

The schedule:

  • Registrations open at 11:00.
  • 12:00: Dikkebandenrace 7-11 years (for kids without racing license)
  • 12:30: Kids Series U9
  • 13:00: Podium ceremony
  • 13:30: Dikkebandenrace 12-18 years (for kids without racing license)
  • 14:15: Kids Series U11
  • 14:45: Podium ceremony
  • 15:00: Kids Series U13
  • 15:45: Kids Series U15
  • 16:30: Podium ceremony

 

Expo en Test days

Obsessed with bike technology? At our expo you’ll find some well-known bike-industry manufacturers. Go ahead and test some bikes around the Donkvijver pond.

 

Catering

During the full three-day stage race, the Mountain Bike of Flanders village on the Donkvijver pond is the place to be, where you and your supporters can purchase snacks and drinks at a fair price.

 

Pasta Party (Saturday)

Participants of the three-day stage race can enjoy a free pasta party after Saturday’s stage. Spectators and kids race participants can purchase a coupon for this event.

 

Pancake Buffet (Sunday)

Participants of the three-day stage race can enjoy a free pancake buffet after Sunday’s stage. Spectators and MTB Fun Ride participants can purchase a coupon for this event.

 

 

 

REGISTRATIONS & RACE DETAILS

CATEGORY

RESULTS 2017

G.C. 2017

START LIST 2018

PRICE

REGISTRATION

SOLO

All categories

Solo men

Solo women

18.12-31.12: € 150

01.01-28.02: € 160

01.03-31.05: € 180

01.06-31.07: € 200

REGISTER

Solo men

Solo women

DUO

All categories

Duo men

Duo women

18.12-31.12: € 110

01.01-28.02: € 130

01.03-31.05: € 140

01.06-31.07: € 160

REGISTER

ATTENTION:

• LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS!

 

F.A.Q.

  • Is the Flanders Mountain Bike a race?

    Yes. The Mountain Bike of Flanders is a three-day stage race affiliated with Cycling Vlaanderen as a category Open XCO event. After every stage there will be a published stage result and a general classification. Even though this event is a race, you are completely free to ride at your own pace – as fast or as slow as you like.

  • How does the team-system work?

    Racers in duo ride Friday’s prologue together. On Saturday and Sunday, each team member rides a part of the course – like a relay race. In the stage results as well as the general classification, all the times of the teammates will be combined for a total time. More info on our relay system can be found in the course description of the stages.

  • How does the prologue work?

    You ride a total of 40 kilometers that includes three timed sections. Riders start their prologue every half minute. This also applies to the timed sections where riders start every half minute. Your result is based on the sum of the times in the three timed sections.

    The kilometers linking these sections are also marked but not manned by police or course marshals. You ride these non-timed distances at any pace you choose. Completing the entire 40 km route is mandatory though.

    Duos ride the prologue together. The totaled times of the 2 teammates during the 3 timed sections are added together for your team’s result.

  • Can I register without a racing license?

    Yes, you can. If you have no racing license, you can purchase (in addition to your registration fee) three one-day licenses of five euros per license.

    The 15 euros is to be paid during online registration.

    Attention: If you only have a recreation or cyclotourist license, you will also have to purchase three one-day licenses. This covers your insurance during the stage race. Racers with licenses as youth, elite without contract, masters, etc. do not have to purchase day licenses.

  • How old must I be to enter the race?

    You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Mountain Bike of Flanders.

    Exception: Licensed youth category racers can participate.

  • What if I cannot participate due to illness or injury?

    Your registration can be transferred to another person through to 15 July 2018. As of 16 July 2018, we will charge 25€ for administrative costs.

    For transfers, send an email to  info@mountainbikevanvlaanderen.be

  • Is there camping in the area?

    All participants are granted access to free camping that is walking distance from our main event area where the start/finish is located. You’ll need to contact us well in advance to reserve your spot. Please send an email to peter@mountainbikevanvlaanderen.be indicating if you come with tent, camper or caravan and include the license plate number of your vehicle. No advance reservation = no access to the campgrounds.  The campgrounds are equipped with toilets. Showers, food and beverage options as well as bike wash you’ll find at our main event location. Electricity and water connection.

  • Can I freely choose my start position?

    This is only possible for the prologue on Friday, where you can specify your desired start time between 1 pm and 5 pm during registration. We’ll do our best to assign you a slot that’s closest to your request. Results from Friday’s prologue will determine your start position on Saturday (group start at 12 pm). The overall classification after Saturday’s stage determines your start position on Sunday (group start at 11 am).

  • Is there a time limit?

    Yes, there is a time limit for the stages, which will be announced later. If you finish outside the time limit, you will not be included in the results. You can still race the remaining stage(s) although you will not be included in the general classification.

  • Can I participate with an E-bike or cyclocross bike?

    For those competing on E-bikes, we have created a separate duo-category.   Competing with a cyclocross bike is prohibited.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS 2017

CONTACT

Summerbike vzw • Wolfabriekstraat 8 • 9700 Oudenaarde (Belgium)

info@mountainbikevanvlaanderen.be

+32 (0)474 45 68 74

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