It is the same concept as the previous years, but for the fourth consecutive time the course has been totally renewed: in 2021 as well, our Friday stage remains a warming-up stage for the weekend marathons. On the intermediate sections that are not timed, often on a fairly fast route, you loosen your legs without any time pressure. Accompanied by some competing colleagues if you wish. On Friday you’ll have a better opportunity to get to know them than during the following days. This makes warming up for your ride even more fun than it normally is.
In the three so-called specials, however, things get serious: you will compete in a short time trial (solos ride individually, duos per team) on three explosive, timed segments. The total time in those three specials determines your result – and therefore also your starting position on Saturday. These specials are made for true mountainbikers: from the stone-riddled climb called Leo Pironpad, the nice tracks around Ladeuze (making a comeback!) over the legendary cobblestones of the Koppenberg, which is followed by a brand-new surprise.