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2021 sees the 105th edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen (or Tour of Flanders in English), one of cycling's legendary Spring Classics.
Usually the day before the pros battle it out a sportive is held to allow the public to share the experience of riding the famous cobbles - but this year, with coronavirus restrictions still in place, the official sportive has been postponed from its April date until 18 September instead.
With the 2020 edition cancelled, all entrants will have their place transferred to the 2021 edition. If you are unable to attend on the new date, you will be able to transfer your registration to April 2022.
It's possible that a small number of additional entries will become available through riders cancelling or dropping out. We will update this page as soon as details emerge. Sign up to the Sportive.com newsletter to receive an email alert as soon as entries open.
Those thinking of riding the original, Spring edition of Vlaanderens mooiste ("Flanders' finest") had best be prepared for some serious endurance riding.
The 2020 edition returns to Antwerp for cyclists riding the 237km route, with four options on offer in total: 229km, 174km, 139km, and 74km.
Each route features a generous helping of the trademark Belgian cobblestones to tackle. How tough the route is depends largely on the weather - it can be anywhere from close to freezing to 18 degrees in Belgium in early April and bad weather can make the Tour of Flanders pretty tough for even highly experienced riders.
There are feed stations roughly every 30km along the route, stocked with energy bars, waffles and fruit (mainly bananas and orange segments).
You may want to fit new bottle cages to your bike that will hold your bottles tightly over the cobbled sections - although it is nothing like Paris Roubaix in terms of roughness of surface plenty of riders in previous years have said they lost bottles thanks to having plastic lightweight bottle holders or carbon ones that simply didn't grip tightly enough.
Cobbled highlights to look forward to include:
If you go to ride this event make sure you book yourself into the hotel long enough 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, 85.7% of the population of the country watched his victory either live or on television!
Check out some more information on riding the Tour of Flanders: