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Final finish on prestigious & historic Central Square of Ypres

Daily start at the football stadium of KVK Westhoek (also finish day 1 and day 2)

The organization of the first Flanders Fields Gravel Tour is taking shape. We have an agreement with KVK Westhoek – the football club from Ypres in the 2nd national amateur division – to organize the reception and the start there every day. There are plenty of showers and changing rooms in the catacombs of this footbal ground. And the cafeteria is also large enough to serve as reception area in the morning. In addition, there is a lockable area where your bicycle can be temporarily stored safely (of course also guarded). There is ample parking in the area (see plan). Easily accessible via the Zuiderring and yet close to the center of the fortified city of Ypres. And more than enough space to create a superb finish & après-bike atmosphere.

We may confirm now that final finish on the 3rd day will be drawn at the historic Central Square, just in front of the gothic and very impressive Cloth Hall & Belfry of Ypres.

It will feel great after a final passage through the famous Menin Gate. So via the Menin Street (and Biking Box bicycle experience center) you will make a finish in style at the historic and a very impressive Grote Markt. From there you can cycle back to the football stadium within 2 kilometers (1, 3 miles away only), if you want to shower and change there afterwards or perhaps take your parked car again.

(Nov 11, 2023) You can subscribe now!

Flanders Fields Gravel Tour (May 24-26, 2024)

On Armistice Day (11 November) subscribe page has been opened. From now on you can register to ride the 1st Flanders Fields Gravel Tour. 

In addition we also want to offer you the opportunity to book accommodation in Ypres and the surrounding area during the event. Go to 'lodgings' and make your choice. We will also publish a list of tariffs and the number of rooms/beds available according to the hotels.

You can already take a look at the general outlines of the routes. Shortcuts to make it possible riding a less long distance will also be developped.


1) Can I also participate in the Flanders Fields Gravel Tour with an MTB or cyclocross bike?

Answer: yes, on day 3 the “Roubaix stage” is even possible with a regular racing bike provided that you choose an appropriate (thicker) tire choice. Stage 2 is very suitable on a mountain bike if you do not (yet) have a gravel bike. We are currently investigating whether there are gravel bike manufacturers who would like to rent out some gravel bikes for promotion and testing for these three days. And what are the conditions for using such a bicycle for 3 days? It goes without saying that the bicycle must be returned in the same condition afterwards. The possibility of subsequent purchases must also be included in this rental option.

2) Can I handle those daily distances?

Answer: There are also shorter versions every day with the exception of the opening stage. At 123 km, the 1st ride is also not something for untrained legs. But we assume that anyone who opts for the full 3 days will be able to easily digest those largely flat 123 km. Given the time of year (end of May), anyone who includes this Flanders Fields Gravel Tour in their program should have sufficient preparation time to be able to physically handle this. For comparison: the Ardennes stages in the LCMT mountain bike tour were always around 90 km, unpaved, many elevation meters and even the often rocky descents required effort and energy.

3) What do I get for myregistration amount?

Answer: a high-quality Herfenking cycling jersey, retail value €79, is automatically included in the package. Both for those who ride the full 3-day event and those who can only cycle the weekend stages. Furthermore, the goodie bag is not to be missed, €10 goes to the good “make PEACE not war cause" and you will of course enjoy the signposted top course, supplies, technical assistance, etc. We are convinced that you will come for either the 3-day or Only the weekend formula gives you a lot of value for your money.

4) Can I get accommodation through the organization?

Answer: the youth hotel 'De Iep' already makes 60 beds available that can be booked through the organization. The price for this will be very democratic. In any case, with breakfast and the rooms, which usually have 4 beds, can also be filled by 2 or by 3 without additional costs being charged to the participants. We are also looking at 2 or 3 other similar complexes in the nearby area to see if the same is possible. As soon as a concrete quote has been agreed with those accommodations, you will be able to book them directly online with us. If you are interested, please send an email in advance so that we can keep you informed.

5) How is the 'chrono' organized?

Answer: either via Strava (most people already know this principle, the technical explanation is communicated to everyone anyway. Or via a specialized company. However, for the latter - especially because it is the 1st Flanders Fields Gravel Tour - we require a minimum number of participants who are willing to pay an additional amount of EUR 10 for this. Or we must succeed in finding a sponsor for this (currently the plan) so that every participant can participate in that chrono formula at no additional cost. 2 demarcated chrono zones are organized every day. provided for this time recording. The intention is of course that outside those chrono zones you respect the highway code as well as other road users. How long will those 'chrono zones' be? This depends on their selectivity and the permission to work with signalers here (at any crossings or turns). The 'chrono' remains unofficial. The Flanders Fields Gravel Tour is therefore not an official cycling race or 'race'.

Get this unique and very stylish Poppy-Gravel bikeshirt

During this Christmas period, many of us are quietly starting to defineour cycling dreams and ambitions for next season. The LCMT-new style in 2024 will therefore be a gravel tour: In Flanders Fields and includinga portion of historic cobblestone zones from Paris-Roubaixon the final day.

2 daily timed zones will be announced later for those who enjoy a bit of competition. But also and especially the unique and very stylish souvenir shirt, the Poppy Graveltour jersey - included in your registration package! - appeals to the imagination and should convince you to come over for this 3 days Gravel Tour In Flanders Fields? View the preliminary shirt design here and know that you will get your own FIRST NAME + NAME (or 'nickname' if you prefer) printed on the back (shoulder height).

Member of your own cycling club? Maybe you and your club friends can send us your own club logo? This will also be applied to the side panels, so that the shirt will be completely personalized.

We are now busy reconfirming and looking for (new) sponsor partners. The goodie bag will certainly contain a lot of 'delicious' and 'interesting' items. Registering now is worth it, because until mid-January at a discounted rate!

(Oct 25, 2023) Biking Events presents...

Flanders Fields Gravel Tour (May 24-26, 2024)

Biking Events (since 1999 organizer of the LCMT "mountainbike" more days tour) launches a new cycling event: the 1st Flanders Fields Graveltour. Also a three-day tour but now from the home base where Biking Box (Cycling Experience Center ) is located: YPRES! With this tour we focus on the many cycling and historic (WW I) trails that Flanders Fields offers.

Recently we worked very hard to make this unique gravel three-day event possible. We now officially present this new top weekend in terms of cycling experience in Ypres and Flanders Fields.

The Flanders Fields Gravel Tour incorporates the proven success ingredients of the LCMT. An excellent all-in package: signed tracks, food- and sportdrinks supply zones, goodiebag, massage and mechanic support, a daily time trial zone, as well as many lodging options (see 'lodgings'). You also receive the magnificent Poppy-Graveltour jersey (included in your subscribing amount) of which 10 EUR goes to a to be selected 'good purpose'.

Not in a position to go for the full three days? No worries! It is possible to ride only the weekend stages or the 'open' Saturday stage!

You can ride the Flanders Fields Gravel Tour on a gravel bike, mountain bike or cyclocross bike.

The three-day Gravel Tour is also included in the cycling calendar of Wielerbond Vlaanderen (who has a permit as a cyclist or rider does not have to pay additional insurance).

More info to follow! Powered by LCMT & Biking Box