Ghent and cycling races are inextricably linked. The city is the home base of the so-called “Zesdaagse” (six-day track cycling race) and organises the first race of the season, Omloop het Nieuwsblad, each year. It features the Eddy Merckx track, and a great many icons from the cycling world have a special connection with the city: Walter Godefroot, Bradley Wiggins, Iljo Keisse, Jolien D’Hoore and Tiesj Benoot to only name a few. The organisation of the 2019 Belgian Championship is the cherry on the cake.

This year, Ghent is proud to host the 2019 Belgian cycling championship.
The starting shot will be fired under the city hall. A 223 km course will first take the contestants to a few challenging cobblestone stretches in the Flemish Ardennes. Afterwards they will have to complete seven laps in Drongen, as an homage to Walter Godefroot, who won the Belgian Championship twice. The finish line is situated on a straight stretch along Watersportbaan.

At the finish line a large fan zone will be created for all fans. Golazo and Flanders Classics will work together with the organisers to make this event an unforgettable experience.

For information about the Belgian Cycling Championship, consult www.bkgent2019.be or follow #BKgent on social media.

BK Yellow Ride

Amateurs and families can explore the traffic-free route between Ghent and Drongen during the BK Yellow Ride event and then attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing yellow jerseys while cycling at one location.

Programme

  • ​​​​​​​Elite women: 9.45 am: presentation, 10.15 am: start, 2.00 pm: finish
  • Elite men: 11.00 am: presentation, 12.00 noon am: start, 2.45 pm: 1st passage at the finish line, 5.15 pm: finish
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