Entries for the 2022 Tour of Flanders sportive are now open.

The Ronde van Vlaanderen is one of the highlights of the early cycling season. Next year's sportive will take place on Saturday 2 April 2022, one day before the famous pro race.

Riders can once again choose from four distances ranging from 72km to 217km, offering a taste of the legendary Spring Classic complete with its notorious cobbled climbs.

Enter now at www.werideflanders.com.

Don't miss the experience of riding the Tour of Flanders course.
Don't miss the experience of riding the Tour of Flanders course.

The Flanders cyclosportive, also known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo, is one of the most popular in Europe. Each year 16,000 cyclists take to the cobbles to ride the route a day ahead of the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) pro race.

The 2022 Ronde will again be based in Antwerp. However, only the 217km route starts from Antwerp - riders who choose the 177km, 136km and 72km options will start and finish in Oudenaarde, where the main action takes place on the cobbled bergs and rural roads around the town.

Prices are set in three tiers with early entries getting the best rates. Sign up early and you'll pay €70 for the 217km course, €60 for the 177km option, €50 for the 136km route, or €40 for the 72km short course.

The prices will rise by €10 and then by a further €10 as more riders enter, so it's well worth registering as soon as possible to get the best rate.

For riders taking on the 217km distance, a) you're mad and b) a shuttle bus service is available from Oudenaarde to the start in Antwerp. You can usually book this at the same time as registering but the option is not currently available on the website - do check back for updates.

If you go to ride this event make sure you stay for the full weekend to experience the pro riders in the actual Tour of Flanders the next day. This is the race that stops Belgium: when Fabian Cancellara won in 2014, over eighty percent of the population watched his victory either live or on television!

For more details and to book your place, visit the event website at www.werideflanders.com.