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Everyone loves a good tale. We Cyclists, all love the classics and the stories that were written on those legendary roads. Now it is time for some new chapters, and you can help to ride them. Get ready for the bikepacking adventures, on these legendary roads.
Classics Story, The Northern Way 2021
.A 1200 km self supported cycling adventure on the legendary roads of the Northern Classics with lots of Cobbles & Bergs. You will conquer elements out of 10+ Classic Bike Races.
We’ve worked hard to bring you the most exciting bikepacking event in the world. So sit back, relax and get ready to launch yourself into the most challenging classic bike race.
Feel the classics, taste cycling history, write your own story on the most legendary roads and enjoy the landscapes. 7 days of adventure, no support and just a few rules. We’ll give you an amazing track, the rest is up to you.
An epic journey through cycling history will be provided in this adventure, this will be a personal challenge!
The route will start in Ghent, at ‘t Kuipke, the track where the most famous 6 days race takes place. from there we will challenge you over lots of legendary cobbled roads and bergs.
We will pass by sections of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne Brussel Kuurne, Nokere Koerse, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, E3 Prijs, Gent Wevelgem, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Paris Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race, Brabantse Pijl, Flèche Wallonne, Liège Bastogne Liège Dwars Door Het Hageland and Brussel Cycling Classic.
In 2 of these races there are some gravel sections, and along the route, when we connect the different race passages, we have chosen the most secure roads, so some extra gravel roads are added for your security. But all of these sections will be smoother than the best cobbled section and we guarantee it is roadbike proof. Der Lokomotiv did test ride all with 25 mm tires and did not experience any problem.
The start will be given the day after the pro Riders conquer their Tour of Flanders. So the races are never far. it is likely that the second day you will see some pro riders recon the Roubaix course, please enjoy their passage and give them a big thumbs up.
For those of you, who would like to experience a little more cycling history during their adventure. In Roeselare we pass by Museum Koers, in Oudenaarde CRVV and at the Balenberg, Sven Nys Cycling Center. Your visit is included in the starting price.
On Wednesday the Brabantse pijl starts in Leuven. It should be doable to visit the start and make it in time for the finish party. Although you can not hesitate a lot afterwards. There is still 470 km to ride.
We will finish in Valkenburg at Fixed Gear Coffee, at the feed of the Cauberg. There we will have the finishers party on Friday. On saturday the Amstel Gold Race Cyclo and on sunday the Amstel Gold Race itself will take place and these events will make it impossible to finish later. Because no other riders will be allowed on the course.
There should be enough time to finish this adventure with just daytime riding. Therefore we don’t recommend participants to cycle during nighttime. If you decide to do this, it is mandatory to use an appropriate front and rear lighting as well as a high visibility reflective clothing. Be aware of the fact that cycling consecutively for many days, with few or no rest, can cause hallucinations and drastically lower the threshold of attention on the road and the perception of danger.
Rules & Regulations
- Riders must respect local and national laws and the rules of the road.
- Riders must wear a helmet when riding their Bike.
- Riders must complete the designated route from start to finish under their own power.
- Riders are required to use a provided GPS tracker during their ride at any time.
- The bike must be equipped with a bel, lights and reflective strips (in addition, riders need to have a spare set of lights with them at all time)
- All riders need to have a reflective vest with them all time
- A first aid kit is mandatory
- The use of outside support from third parties is not permitted in any way whatsoever.
- Drafting is prohibited. Exception registered pairs.
- Drafting non participants is not allowed.
- A medical certificate that says you are in good health, free of conditions incompatible with the practice of amateur cycling and, therefore, able to participate in a long distance non-competitive cycling event such as Classics Story, provided by your family doctor is mandatory.
- No insurance, no ride.
- No prize money.
Due to COVID we opted for a social media approach for the checkpoints.. Take a photo or video of yourself at the following keypoints of The Classics and post it on Social Media. Don’t forget to tag Classics Story. We will give an example photo of each of the legendary roads below so that you can recognize them along the way. The Split GPX track will also happen in one of those places. Each of our GPS tracks will give 4 options, you will need to put at least 2 online. The choice is yours.
Checkpoints Track 1: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Nokere Koerse, & Gent Wevelgem
Checkpoints Track 2: Paris Roubaix
- Bois de Wallers
- Moulin de Vertain
- Carrefour de l’Arbre
Checkpoints Track 3: Ronde Van Vlaanderen, E3 Prijs & Dwars Door Vlaanderen
- De Muur
Checkpoints Track 4: Brabandse Pijl & Dwars Door Het Hageland
- Centrum Sven Nys
- Birthplace Eddy Merckx
- Citadel van Diest
Checkpoints Track 5: La Flèsh Wallonne & Liège Bastogne Liège
- Mur de Huy
- La Roche en Ardenne
Col du Stockeu
- La Redoutte
Checkpoints Track 6: Amstel Gold Race
More Legendary Roads you will pass
Of course you will pass more legendary places, so we hope to discover at least 1 freely chosen photo on your social media every day.
We expect that the 2021 edition will still be affected by the COVID regulations that will apply at that time. Since we cannot predict what these will be, we are currently taking 4 scenarios into account.
- We start as planned
- We start but can only ride in Belgium
- Only Belgians are allowed to start & we can only ride in Belgium
- The 2021 edition will be postponed to august 22 to 23 or April 10 to April 4, 2022.
Unfortunately we cannot make refunds, but if due to COVID related reasons imposed by the Belgian or your government, the adventure has to be postponed your ticket will be valid in the next edition.
Registration will be open until March 15th, 2021 unless the 50 available places are filled
Registration for the event is not refundable and is valid only for the current edition.
The Registration cost is
- € 180 before December 31 2020
For those who want to ride as a pair both the riders have to register and pay. Please give us the name of your team and riding partner!
March 15 an email will be sent to all participants including more detailed information, the gps track and a form to be completed. In this form we will request additional information to present the different riders on social media and our website,
Because a part of the course will be in France a valid medical certificate is required to start, you will be able to upload it as a pdf/jpg, when completing the form.
What you get from Der Lokomotiv:
- The Route in form of a gpx file
- Tracking device for the duration of the event
- A dotwatching platform during the event and the publishing of your individual times on our website.
- Official race cap
- An event T-shirt from The Vandal
- A (Vegan) Pasta at the riders meeting, the evening before the start
- Pictures we make during the event (can’t guarantee we have yours but we will try)
- Rider’s insurance.
Every rider must be in possession of a valid insurance (this is usually provided by the cycling association of your country) We recommend every rider to have a travel insurance, for non-European residents travel insurance is mandatory.
- Everything that is not mentioned above
- Your trip to start and back from the finish.
- Any kind of support during your adventure.
- The € 70 deposit for the GPS tracker. Bring in cash to the start. When we get your tracker back, you will of course get your money back.
- Transport of your bicycle case from Ghent to the finish line. Optionally we can transfer one piece of luggage for € 25. To be paid at the start.