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Classics Story, The Northern Way
12 September 2020 @ 08:00 - 18 September 2020 @ 19:00€180
Due to COVID-19 the first edition of Classics Story is, just like the Classics, a bit delayed. Not April 11, 2020 9 am in ‘t Kuipke, Ghent, but September 12 2020 this incredible adventure will be ready to start. I would like to invite and challenge you.
Get ready for the first edition of:
Classics Story, The Northern Way
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 write or ride them. Get ready for a 1200 km bikepacking adventure, on the legendary roads of the Classics. You will conquer lots of Cobbles & Bergs seen in 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 the famous cycling history, write your own story on the most legendary roads and enjoy the landscapes in this cycling adventures. No support and just a few rules. We’ll give you an amazing track and a control card mainly to be used for a drink in some of the nice bike cafés that you will pass by. All The rest is up to you.
An epic journey through cycling history will be provided during this adventure. This is also a personal challenge, one you have never cycled before!
oh yes, if the coronavirus makes our adventure impossible in September, your ticket will automatically be rebooked to the 2021 edition. This will leave Ghent April 10th.
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 Vittoria’s Corsa tires and did not experience any problem.
The start will be given the day before the pro Riders conquer their Paris Roubaix. So it is likely that the second day their race will stop you, please enjoy the passage and give them a big thumbs up. it is absolutely forbidden to ride your bike before the green flag has passed.
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.