The Great War Remembrance Cyclo

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Commemorate the Great War from the saddle of your bicycle. The start and finish is Ypres, from where all distances first head off for Flanders Fields via the Menin Gate. You have a choice of 4 distances: 48, 83, 112 and 182 km.

 

If you opt for the 48 km circuit, you will pass by a number of historic locations such as the French cemetery; Saint Charles de Potyze, the Pool of Peace and Hill 60. As a final feat of arms, on every circuit there is a passage via Palingbeek, a challenging cobblestone stretch of 1.3 km in the woods. An extra challenge on the 83, 112 and 182 km circuits is the stretch in Hainaut, where the “Plugstreets” await you: semi-paved stretches that provide great spectacle for the pros in Gent-Wevelgem. The passage via Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British military cemetery on the European continent, and the Passchendaele Memorial Park will make the circuit even more unforgettable. Lovers of hills are best off opting for the 111 or 182 km circuits, because these circuits take in the Heuvelland in West Flanders. A hilly region with among other things a passage via the famous Kemmelberg, the highest hill in the Westhoek! The 182 km course starts at Ypres past the Yser Tower to the West Coast, with a supply point at the Westfront memorial in Nieuwpoort. With more than 800 metres of altitude and the treacherous Westhoek wind, it will be an impressive challenge.

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