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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.
The Great War Remembrance Cyclo is about more than just cycling, which is why we have included an overview of the main passages.
1 Westfront Nieuwpoort
For those who opt for the 182 km, we will stop for provisions at the Westfront memorial in Nieuwpoort. An imposing statue of King Albert I as a soldier provides an appropriate backdrop.
(circuit: 182 km)
2Tyne Cot Cemetery
Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest British military cemetery on the European continent. A passage by this impressive war cemetery is a must on our circuit through the Westhoek. A staggering 11,900 British soldiers found their final resting place here. Make sure to pause briefly to try and comprehend the scale of the hostilities in 1914-'18.
(circuit: 83 km, 112 km, 182 km)
These semi-paved stretches, named after the British nickname for the Hainaut village of Ploegsteert ("Plugstreet"), always provide great spectacle in Gent-Wevelgem. At the entrance to the 2nd stretch we also find the Christmas Truce Monument that represents the symbolism of the Christmas truce in 1914. You can be one of the first to discover these unique roads by bicycle during the Great War Remembrance Cyclo.
(circuit: 83 km, 112 km, 182 km)
You can't talk about a Westhoek circuit without including the Kemmelberg. Of course this iconic element is part of our tour of Flanders Fields. Start limbering up your calf muscles because over its length of 500 metres the Kemmelberg has inclines that average 11.6% with a few of them reaching as much as 22%!
(circuit: 112 km, 182 km)
This challenging stretch of cobblestones of 1.3 km between the trees is sure to be a spectacular addition to the Great War Remembrance Cyclo. In addition to the sporting element, the ComingWorldRememberMe work of art can also be found nearby, a land art installation that gives the victims of WWI a definitive place in our past, our present and our future. Absolutely worth a visit!
(circuit: 48 km, 83 km, 112 km, 182 km)
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