In previous posts, I had linked info on cyclotourist events, i.e. untimed randonnées, which are numerous in Belgium, and especially in Flanders (see the posts in the Belgian Cyclo Calendar 2011 category). By the way, a very good website for an uncluttered and simplified calendar is the Go Cycling website.
However, as a reader pointed out, I have not provided any links to Gran Fondo events, or timed Cyclosportives. They are less numerous, and can be fairly easily listed here. It’s interesting that all of them take place in the Ardennes, and are thus located in Walloonia and not in Flanders.
First, the three Bio Racer Ardennes Challenge (registration here)
- Gran Fondo Ardennaise (5 June 2011, Hamoir)
- La Magnifique des Ardennes (25 June 2011, Bouillon)
- Super Grimpeur des Ardennes (20 August 2011, Malmedy)
And the others are:
- The Velomediane Claude Criquelion (27 August 2011, La Roche-en-Ardenne)
- La Christophe Brandt (18 September 2011, Verviers).
And a last one which takes place close by, in Luxembourg:
- La Charly Gaul (4 september 2011, Echternach).
To have a more exhaustive listing including cyclosportives in neighbouring countries, you can use the Cyclobenelux website. All in Dutch, but it is pretty straight forward to get the main informations (click on “Cyclo’s” in the main menu and then use the “Browse Projects” to get the listings per country).
As far as I’m concerned, I’m thinking of doing one in August or September. In the meantime, I’m planning on doing the 136 km circuit of the Tilff-Bastogne-Tilff cyclo. I understand it is quite hard and different from what we are used to here around Brussels hills-wise, but it does not have any pavés. So it can’t be that bad.