Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo
Are you looking forward to cycling away those winter blues again? If so, be sure to register for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo of the Etixx Classics Tour, the opening race of our cycling season! You'll brave the same climbs and toil over the same cobblestones a day after Greg Van Avermaet and his team did. From the Haaghoek cobblestones to the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg, you'll experience the final stretch of this annual opening classic to the fullest. Be sure to mark Sunday 3 March on your calendar, so you don't miss your chance at this historic route through the Flemish Ardennes.
You have a choice of 3 distances: 130, 90 or 65 km. If you opt for the longest distance, you will depart from 't Kuipke in Ghent and finish in Ninove, just like the pros. The other distances depart from Ninove to finish there as well.
Feel Like a Pro
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the traditional opening race in the spring in Flanders. Every year, this is the peloton's first plunge into the Flemish Ardennes. The Flandriens rule when it comes to this circuit's iconic climbs and ancient cobblestone sections. To the pros, the Haaghoek is the circuit's key feature. One day later, you too get the chance to conquer the Haaghoek. Followed by a further selection of traditional Flemish racing delicacies. In 2018, Michael Valgren Andersen succeeded in outsmarting the rest of the pack. Will your ascent of the Muur be as rapid as his, and will you too be the first to arrive in Ninove? Ride Like a Pro, Feel Like a Pro!
Do you love the legendary climbs and cobblestone sections of the Flemish Ardennes? And are you itching for the new cycling season to begin? Then the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo is definitely for you. During this 130-km route, you'll brave ten climbs and five cobblestone stretches. Your challenges will include the Molenberg, the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg. In between, you'll clatter over the cobblestones of the Jagerij, the Haaghoek and more, climbing over 1000 metres and conquering almost 12 km of cobblestones! The finish of both the professional race and the cyclo is no longer in Meerbeke, but in the centre of Ninove, close to the finish line. So, upon arrival in Ninove, the finish of the opening classic will not hold any secrets for you.
Would you prefer a calmer start to the season? No problem; head for Ninove and opt for a shorter distance of either 65 or 90 km. The 65-km circuit is limited to the actual final stretch of the professional Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, with the Valkenberg, Tenbosse and the (in)famous Muur van Geraardsbergen/Bosberg duo. The 90-km route is a little more challenging, including eight climbs and the Haaghoek. Your route will again finish in the centre of Ninove.
Fancy a preview of the circuit? Have a look at the main climbs and cobblestone sections below.
CLIMBS AND COBBLESTONE SECTIONS
The same climbs conquered by the professionals a day earlier now await the cycling tourists. Starting at the famous bridge, a maximum incline of 14.2% and demanding cobblestones take you to the top of the Molenberg.
Last year, the Paddestraat was missing from the route. This year we'll award one of the best-known cobblestone stretches of the Flemish Ardennes the attention it deserves again. Once this 2300-metre stretch of cobblestones is behind you, you can start thinking about the second round of provisions. So, keep it together for a little longer in Velzeke (Zottegem).
This 1.7 km-long, undulating cobblestone stretch in Sint-Kornelis-Horebeke is one of the key sections in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for professionals. Three runs over Haaghoek sorts the wheat from the chaff in this classic opener to the professional cycling season. Race tourists only do it once. But there is no time for rest. Straight on to the steep and narrow Leberg!
(130 km - 90 km)
This Brakel climb has been a standard feature of the spring classics for many years. Cycle-mad Flanders knows that there are no cobbles to be found here, but the figures say it all: 940 metres of climbs, with an average incline of 7%, peaking at 12.3%. And after this climb, four more await!
(130 km - 90 km)
5Muur Van Geraardsbergen
With Brakel behind you, and after a quick succession of climbs, the Muur van Geraardsbergen looms large in the distance. As of last year, the Muur shines in the final stretch of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as well. You're confronted by a solid kilometre of cobblestones, with a maximum incline of almost 20%. In other words, the most iconic climb en route to Ninove!
(130 km - 90 km - 65 km)
Never has that old saying "The last mile is always the longest" been more appropriate than in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo. Get this final cobblestone climb behind you and you are rewarded with a straight, shallow descent to the finish. As long as you don't have a headwind!
(130 km - 90 km - 65 km)
- Accident insurance (no helmet = not insured)
- Assistants to sign the way / the start/finish
- Plenty of provisions* at each checkpoint, offering Etixx sports nutrition and drinks, water and a wide choice of fruit and biscuits
- Technical assistance and breakdown service
- Info card showing the hills, cobblestone sections and provisions zones
- Excellent signage along the route
- Time and video recording for each participant
- Medical service at every checkpoint and at the finish
- Coffee before the race start
- Secured bicycle shed
- Changing rooms with showers
- Massage at the race finish
* Provisions on production of number plate only! Participants without a number plate will not be admitted to the race circuit.
COLLECTION OF PARTICIPATION PACKAGE
Did you register in advance? Perfect! You will receive an E-ticket upon registration, with that ticket you can get your participant pack at the Scan & Ride desks. Our Scan & Ride system allows you to get all your necessities to start your ride, without having to get off your bike!
You don't want to register in advance? No problem, you can register at the designated registration zone at the event where we will hand over your participant pack. Make sure to put your bike in the secured bicycled, that way you got all the time you need to register, without having to worry about your most precious possession.
The registration stand opens on Sunday March 3:
- 130km: between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m.
- 90km: between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
- 65km: between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Ghent (Floraliënhal, Citadelpark 9000 Ghent)
- Cyclo 130km: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Ninove ( PTI - PCVO Dender en Schelde, Centrumlaan, Ninove)
- Cyclo 90km: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
- Cyclo 65km: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
PTI - PCVO Dender en Schelde, Centrumlaan 160, Ninove (65, 90 en 130 km).
The last provisions stand closes at 2:00 p.m. If you arrive later we will not be able to consider you as an official participant and you will be required to take the shortest route to the finish. The finish in Ninove officially closes at 4:00 p.m.
- 130 km: 3 feed zones
- 90 km: 2 feed zones
- 65 km: 1 feed zone
Shuttle service BOOKED OUT
NINOVE » GHENT
For those leaving from Ghent (130 km) there will be a shuttle service (bus transport with cycle trailer) between Ninove and Ghent. The shuttle service is only available in the morning, taking you from Ninove to Ghent. That way you can leave your car in Ninove, take the bus to Ghent, depart from there and after cycling to Ninove, return to your car.
The shuttle service has a single departure time, at 6:30 a.m., and you must reserve a place beforehand. You can reserve your spot during your registration. Cost: €25 per person.
The organisers cannot be held liable for damage to cycles during transportation to the event, during the event itself or at the place of overnight accommodation.
FREE TRANSPORTATION OF HAND BAGGAGE
For those leaving Ghent and cycling the 130 km to Ninove we provide a baggage transport service.
- Departure from Ghent: 9.00 a.m.
- Collection in Ninove: after 12 noon.
Chosen your route? Great! Please find the prices for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Cyclo below.
|Breakaway (through 18/02)||13 €||15 €||17 €|
|Peloton (after 18/02)||16 €||18 €||20 €|
It makes sense to register early!
Get off to an early start and register through 18/02. This puts you in the breakaway group and gives you a better price.
Missed the breakaway and only registered after 18/02? Not to worry. The Peloton will still apply, making this classic springtime opener a fantastic event.
*Please note: Your registration includes a deposit of €5 for your number plate, which contains a chip. Deposits are returned at the finish or exchanged for an original T-shirt.
Participants departing from Ghent (130km) may use our morning shuttle service from Ninove. Please reserve your seat when registering. More information here.
GROUP REGISTRATION (until 18/02)
- For a group registration, you must have at least 10 people (across various distances); if you are with fewer persons, your group will be cancelled and you will lose the reservation.
- Group registrations may only be done using the official online registration module. Excel lists etc. are no longer accepted.
- On the registration form, you must first create a group. You will then receive an e-mail with your group name and group code. (You can manage the group at all times with the help of this code and your chosen password (do not forget this!)). Subsequently, you can add or remove participants. Only the group leader may validate participants. You can add as many participants to your group as you wish.
- Registrations can be collected as a single package (all together) or individually. Please clearly indicate this on the registration form. If you choose to collect all race numbers together, this can only be done by the group leader. For individual collections, all participants will receive a separate confirmation e-mail with all information required to successfully collect their race number.
- Once the group is complete, the group leader must pay for the entire group. Registrations are confirmed only when the group has been submitted and paid for. At this time, NO CHANGES may be made to your group. Subsequently, changes to your group can only be made on-the-spot at the registration stand. For this, an administration fee of 5 eur will be charged per change made.
- CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION MODULE
The organisers advise everyone to avoid any form of serious physical activity for which they are not adequately prepared. Make sensible choices about the distance you ride and/or the pace you set for yourself.
Anyone who aims to improve performance and compete at high intensity should see a (specialised sports) physician for a check-up. There is no requirement to produce a medical certificate.
It is up to the participant to decide how to use the information resulting from a medical check-up.
The organisers cannot be held liable in this respect.
More information about health & sports can be found here.
Exercise is fun, healthy and safe for most people. However, some people have an increased risk of problems during physical activity, which may require extra medical follow-up. If you meet one or several of the conditions below, it is recommended you contact your doctor or undergo a sports-medical examination before taking up more intensive forms of exercise:
- You are taking medication to treat high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease.
- At some point you suffered from coughing, shortness of breath or other breathing disorders during or after efforts or you have asthma.
- You smoked in the past 5-10 years or you have not stopped smoking for longer than 6 months after a period of 5-10 years.
- You have high blood pressure and/or increased cholesterol value
- You fainted or became dizzy during or after an effort
- You have ever had palpitations, arrhythmias or pain in the chest during or after doing exercise or you have ever been told that you have a heart murmur
- A member of your family, younger than 55, suddenly died because of health problems (cardiovascular disease, cot death)
- You have problems of the liver, kidneys or thyroid gland, diabetes
By registering you automatically accept the general terms and conditions.
General terms and conditions
You have registered for an event of We Ride NV, having its registered office at Ottergemsesteenweg-Zuid 808, 9000 Gent, VAT BE0687.797.702, hereinafter referred to as PELOTON.
PELOTON is your single point of contact for all your questions. PELOTON can be reached every working day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone: 011/45.99.00 - E-mail: email@example.com.
- Article 1. Registration
At the time of registering, the Participant declares to be at least 18 or to have his legal guardian's consent to register for the event.
The registration is only valid if the registration form has been completely and truthfully filled out, the registration fee and payment for extras have been paid in full and these general terms and conditions have been accepted.
Article 2. Right of withdrawal
The registration falls under Art. VI, 53, 12° WER for which the right of withdrawal is excluded.
In case of non-participation, regardless of the reason, the registration fee and possible extras cannot be reclaimed.
Article 3. Cancellation of the event
If the event is cancelled on the grounds of exceptional circumstances, PELOTON shall, in so far is possible, offer the participants an equivalent alternative in the form of the possibility to register for free for a new/the next edition of the same event, or another event of PELOTON. For each event PELOTON will decide which of these alternatives apply to the event.
Under no circumstance can PELOTON be obliged to reimburse the registration fee and possible extras (such as merchandising, T-shirts, training schedule, charity, etc.).
Article 4. Participation
Participation in the event is only possible with a valid registration and if the following age requirements have been met: Cycling events
Participants under the age of 16 must always be accompanied by a person older than 18.
During the participation, proof of registration (number on chest, handle bars, wristband, etc.) must be visible at all times.
The participant shall always respect the environment. The participant shall look after his/her own safety and the other participants. Participants must follow the instructions of the organisation, medical teams and police.
Participants shall at all times wear a helmet during cycling events. The Highway Code needs to be respected.
The organisation reserves the right to exclude participants from participation who do not respect the provisions of these general terms and conditions or pose a danger to themselves or third parties.
Article 5. Prices
The specified prices are always in Euros and inclusive of VAT, unless explicitly specified otherwise.
Article 6. Payment
On registering, the participant must pay the full amount of the registration (registration fee and extras) using the provided online payment system.
PELOTON believes it has taken all possible and relevant precautions and as such acts as a normal and diligent online-seller. Possible theft can therefore not be invoked against PELOTON.
Article 7. Change of registration
Participants who want to transfer their registration for an event to another person can do so on the day of the event on-the-spot. The administrative cost as indicated on-the-spot is payable for this.
Participants who want to change the distance can do so on-the-spot, on the day of the event. The administrative cost as indicated on-the-spot is payable for this. If a supplement is owed for the newly chosen distance, this will also be charged.
Article 8. Healthy & safe sports
Participation requires good health. The participant declares to meet this condition. Before participation, the organisation recommends a preventive sports medical examination at a certified sports doctor.
Article 9. Personal details and intellectual property rights
All information of the participants is for PELOTON's administration. PELOTON and her partners will use the information for purposes of subscription to the Event and marketing and communication purposes. The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 relating to data processing lays down the access right to the data and the correction thereof. At all times the participant can request the correction of his/her personal data based on the contact details specified in these general terms and conditions.
Through your participation to the event you declare you agree with a possible use of your details, photograph or portrait right in print, film, video, etc. for promotional purposes of PELOTON and its events, without claiming payment for this.
The participant states he/she is familiar with the fact that techniques may be used that allow his/her exact location to be tracked at any moment by picking up signals of the chip, included in the proof of participation which the participant is wearing. The participant gives consent to PELOTON to make this information public so that it can be viewed by everyone.
The participant gives consent to PELOTON to track his/her location real-time (live tracking) as described above, to save this data in a file, to provide it to third parties and to publish it online, through social media and mobile applications.
Article 10. Comments/complaints
Comments need to be submitted via one of the channels specified in the heading. PELOTON shall always, in all reasonableness, try to treat every comment within 10 days upon receipt through one of the aforementioned channels. If this is not possible, it shall also be notified to the participant and an alternative timing is suggested.
Article 11. Validity of clauses
If one or a number of articles of these conditions are void or unlawful, for whatever reason, this does not prejudice the validity of the other parts of the conditions.
Etixx Sports Nutrition
To support you optimally during the selection of your most appropriate nutrition to help energy levels, hydration, muscle increase, recuperation,... before, during and after training and in the lead-up to a race, please have a look here.
We would like to guide you with this specific and adapted nutritional schedule for the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, with an indication on where the refreshment stations are located.
Don't forget: a good preparation is half the battle! GOOD LUCK!
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