Kluisbergen / Oudenaarde
We Ride Flanders once again attracted 16,000 participants to the Flemish Ardennes. Because everyone left in a daze, we didn’t see any major problems due to the crowds. Among the participants was Federal Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo. “It gives me great pleasure that so many people come to enjoy the area where I live.”
15,970 people participated in We Ride Flanders. In plain language, Flanders Tour for Cycling Tourists. It was freezing cold, a killer north wind and yet the participants weren’t cold. We hear from everyone “You knew you had to dress well”. One of the participants was Federal Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo (Open VLD). He drove 75 kilometers. “It was hard to get to the top,” he told us on top of Oude Kwaremont. “There’s a great atmosphere, a lot of people enjoying the area, the area I live in. I’m incredibly proud of it and I’m happy that people appreciate the Flemish Ardennes. So far it’s not too bad, I’m just afraid of Batterberg. I haven’t been able to train enough , so I’m riding course knowledge. But the sun is shining, great, isn’t it.”
We went by bike ourselves and found that things weren’t too bad in traditional jams. Anyone who wants to read “could” bike in both Koppenburg and Batterberg. The last ten kilometers between Kerkhove in West Flanders and the next city of Odenard were especially difficult due to the strong northerly winds. When arriving mainly smiling faces. He took selfies with the access arch, much to the chagrin of the judges, who shouted “Drive” into a megaphone in Dutch. Since more than half of the participants spoke other languages, this made little impression. The cyclists were especially happy to have made it to the end and a picture of where the cycling history would be written on Sunday. Eternal fame streak, one wants a souvenir for that.
Gert van Golen of Peloton is satisfied with the 2022 edition. “I hear from our people in the field that there have been no real problems. Traditional wounds from a fall, but no real great misfortunes. Luckily. Later people started. As a result, there was a better spread, so there were no problems on the slopes. We were lucky because the roads were dry. You can wear an additional jacket against the cold, the rain is different. About thirty people who were registered for the canceled 2020 edition did not attend.”