This morning we will see the second of the great races in our week at the Classics, the semi-classic Grote Scheldeprijs. Being midweek between Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix it is expected that the top riders will come out to contest this, the oldest race in Belgium
This morning we will see the second of the great races in our week at the Classics, the semi classic Grote Scheldeprijs. Being midweek between Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix it is expected that the top riders will come out to contest this, the oldest race in Belgium.
Previous years the start was in Antwerp. This year it’s the third time the race stays closer to the river Schelde the start of the race will be in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. After a tour of 129,8km between the Western Schelde and the Eastern Schelde trough islands Walcheren, North- and South Beveland in the state of Zeeland, the riders will reach the Belgium border and complete the remaning kilometres to the finish in Schoten. We will stay in Schoten until the finish and return to the hotel afterwards.
The Grote Scheldeprijs is a Belgian semi-classic cycling race which used to start in Antwerp and finishes in Schoten. The event is seen as a race for sprinters, held on flat but windy roads over roughly 200 kilometres.
The first Scheldeprijs was organised by the Antwerp branch of the Belgian cycling federation (BWB) on July 8, 1907, making it the oldest cycle race in Flanders. In its early years, it started and finished in Antwerp, concluding at the now-demolished Zurenborg velodrome.
Today we’ll be a part of the Lotto-Soudal team. We’re having breakfast together with the riders. After breakfast we can check out the bikes the riders will use and we have a quick look at the team bus. After all this, we will ride in convoy to the start area where you can check the other teams.
Once the start is given we’re starting our own Scheldeprijs, not on the bike but by van. We will go from one point to another using the back roads in the Schelde area.
We’re providing a picnic lunch with bubbles, beer and soft drinks. (TBC)