Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

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Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby Dougall » Fri Jun 22, 2012 13:42 pm

Seriously considering doing this next spring.

Has anyone ridden it previously?
Bike wise I'm sorted (Scott CR1) just need to sort wheels nearer the time & add 25 or 28c tyres.
Also can anyone recommend any of the bike tour companies to go with or to avoid?

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby gavcsmith » Fri Jun 22, 2012 15:15 pm

Hi i did it this year, wouldn't do the full ride, do the middle one as it is pretty flat till the last 80kms where the cobbles etc start. Did 10 weeks of training and completed in 6.30. For your bike put on 25mm tires, tighten everything thing up and have fun :lol: it is a great day and well organised event

Don't need a tour group, just took Eurotunnel over, stayed in a campsite near the ride which had caravan's.. All easy and pretty cheap.

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby gavcsmith » Fri Jun 22, 2012 15:16 pm

Hi i did it this year, wouldn't do the full ride, do the middle one as it is pretty flat till the last 80kms where the cobbles etc start. Did 10 weeks of training and completed in 6.30. For your bike put on 25mm tires, tighten everything thing up and have fun :lol: it is a great day and well organised event

Don't need a tour group, just took Eurotunnel over, stayed in a campsite near the ride which had caravan's.. All easy and pretty cheap.

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby Dougall » Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:09 pm

Thanks Gav.

Might check that option out re eurostar & camping. Don't think I'd be capable of doing the full distance so was looking at the 140km option.

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby Beatmaker » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:42 am

I did it back in 2004 and keep meaning to return, hopefully 2013 will be the year as its a fantastic event. We took he ferry over and stayed in a hotel in Ninove. I think all in the whole trip cost me around £200, and a LOT of that was beer!

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby Paul Gannon » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:54 pm

6th April in 2013? Usually the 1st Saturday, really looking forward to this.

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby gsk82 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 13:21 pm

There's a few guys at my club (vc Beverley) looking to go, including me. I've not done it before and to be honest im more bothered about watching the pro race than doing the sportive.

We'll be getting a ferry, I vote Dover to Dunkirk others says hull to Bruges, and either camping of hotelling.
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby blim » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:13 am

Hi Dougall

Do it - once the pain has subsided, you won't regret it. :D And stick around for the pro race on the Sunday: Ronde day in Flanders is an atmosphere every bike fan should savour.

I did it in 2010 and am doing next year's too: it's on Saturday 30th March. I'm going with Graham Baxter/Sports Tours who I know have had some stick over their Etape trips, but they've got their Classics trips nailed. I went with them last time and they were fine. Cost for next year is around £360 i think (not including sportive entry). You can do it cheaper yourself but I'm in Scotland, so petrol etc. would add up to about the same anyway.

The middle length is a good enough test - has all the climbs and cobbles you need. I went with 23mm tyres back and front last time and survived. Good tip is a metal bottle cage: you wouldn't believe the number of bidons that litter the verges around the cobbled sections, popped out of carbon/plastic cages. And padded gloves or double-wrapped bar tape: last time, the Paddestraat took a layer of skin off my hand within 5 minutes.
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby FoldingJoe » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:50 pm

Anybody know where you can book just the entry to the Sportive, online?
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby blim » Mon Sep 24, 2012 14:08 pm

Last year, registration opened in November.

http://www.rondevanvlaanderen.com- still showing 2012 info
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby TheStone » Mon Sep 24, 2012 15:03 pm

How did the 2012 sportive work with the route changes?
It's sort of 3 laps at the end now. Did the sportive do the same?

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby blim » Mon Sep 24, 2012 15:30 pm

Hopefully someone who was there this year can confirm, but I'm pretty sure that they altered the route so that it was no longer an exact replication of the pro race.

Because of the likelihood of logjams & confusion if they did 3 laps of the Paterberg/Koppenberg/Oude Kwaremont, they took in some alternative bergs that weren't on the pro route, before there was a single attempt at the final 3 hills.

Compare:

cyclo: http://sport.be.msn.com/cyclingtour/rondevanvlaanderen/2012/downloads/parcourscyclo.pdf

pro: http://rvv.pro.p.assets.flandersclassics.be/files/525/original/rvv2012-elite-men-map-profile.pdf
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby ugo.santalucia » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:53 am

Nice atmosphere, beautiful course... too many cyclists. When I did it in 2011, we were 20,000. The key climbs were clogged, which did spoil the day a bit.... luckily I had done those roads before, so I had already experienced the Paterberg and Koppenberg...
The new route cuts off the legendary Kapel muur at Geraardsbergen, which was half of the reason to ride the RVV. Even so, it's still a very beautiful course... provided you are not forced to walk up the cobbles

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby hatone » Tue Sep 25, 2012 13:45 pm

The amount of people who enter the RVV puts me off.

You might want to look at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege sportive, the day before the Pros tackle the course. I'm intending to do it next year.

Riding across the Ardennes and back sounds like fun, without repeating loops or riding the same sections.

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby blim » Mon Oct 08, 2012 15:27 pm

Registrations start next month for RVV 2013. This from the http://www.rondevanvlaanderen.com News page in Dutch:

Vanaf begin november kan je je hier inschrijven


"You can register here from the start of November", if my Dutch is correct.
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby durhamwasp » Tue Oct 09, 2012 17:58 pm

Dont go with a tour mate, do it on your own - very cheap using ferry or eurotunnel (with Tesco points if u collect) and then a campsite. Its not more than 90mins from Dunkirk/Dover to somewhere nearby the start. I reckon you could do the whole lot for less than £200, particularly if you find somebody to share the car and accomodation with.

For what its worth, personally i havent and wouldnt do the sportive - too many people (having seen videos and photos of it and the climbs). We did the route on our own another weekend, when the climbs were empty and you could test yourself to see if you could get up them! (2 of our 5 got up the Kopperberg - the 3 who didnt was due to the cobbles rather than it being too steep!)
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby kirkee » Thu Oct 18, 2012 20:02 pm

Im a fan the RVV. Been over 3 times and did the full distance sportive, loved it every time. The first time in 2002 I did it with grayham baxter sporting Tours with a group of mates and it worked out well, not too pricey at the time. The other times 04 and 05 we went across off our own arangments and they were awesome weekends too. I dont know if the Grayham Baxters tours are still running but id say book it on your own as its fairly easy online with loads of hotels as long as you book in advance. You may get lucky as we were one year as we got in the same hotel as Aqua Sapone team were staying in and it was bike spotters heaven! I have no experience of the new route but I used to try to get the hotel as close to Ninove(old finish) as pos get to the start early and get on the coach to Brugges you will get somewhere to park if your early enough. Then at the end ride to the car or hotel if its near enough to the finish. Try to stay to see the pros race, have a few too many hotdogs and Jupilers and travel back on the monday with hangover if pos.

Id say do the full route as the whole thing is an experience from the coach ride to Brugges, massive peletons on the flats for about 160km on the way to the cobbles and hills with the odd rider dissapearing into ditches to the sound of cheering from the other riders! Then the cobbles/hills start. Feed stops were ok, and the routes and organisation was generaly well done. My advice is based on what I new from 7 plus years back, I know its more popular now and the routes changed a bit.

The route finishes in Oudenaarde now so i guess the same will apply? Coach to brugge from there. So hotel as near to Oudenaarde as pos Id say would be the way to go. Id like to go next year, never say never.

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby Beatmaker » Wed Oct 24, 2012 06:18 am

Paul Gannon wrote:6th April in 2013? Usually the 1st Saturday, really looking forward to this.


Where did you get this information? Website says 31st March 2013.

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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby colinsmith123 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 08:48 am

Website link to the Ronde van Vlaanderen 2013

http://sport.be.msn.com/rondevanvlaanderen/2013/eng/inschrijven/
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Re: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive 2013

Postby saprkzz » Fri Dec 28, 2012 09:19 am

I have paid and registered for this and was told by the wife it clashes with a family holiday!! DOH!! Maybe next year :(


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