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Friday, August 20, 2021

Mountain Bike of Flanders – Stage 1

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 long finish climb to the Hotond Sporthotel tot de lange slotklim richting Hotond Sporthotel..

Location: Flemish Ardennes
Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Start: 14:00-18:00 (starting every 30 seconds)
Distance: 32 km
Climbing: 580 m
Rules: The result is based on the total of the three timed specials. Team mates of duo teams ride the time trial together and have to stay together all the time. Their times in the timed sections will be added up.