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Brabantse Pijl Sportive

18.04.2020

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On Saturday 18 April, we will be heading towards the grape-growing region and the Zenne Valley for the sixth route of the Etixx Classics Tour. Feel like a pro and make the transition from the cobblestone classics to the longer climbs for punchers, just like the pros. There will be plenty of challenging climbs waiting for you on the revamped circuit of the Brabantse Pijl Sportive! Picture yourself as Mathieu van der Poel or Marianne Vos and test your climbing prowess on the Smeysberg, Bruine Put or 't Schavei a few days after the pros. Are you ready for the challenge? See you on 18 April in Heverlee!

You can choose from 3 distances: 75, 115 or 152 km.

Feel Like a Pro

De Brabantse Pijl is the last spring classic to take place on Flemish soil. The cobblestone sections are exchanged for undulating roads; the hills of the Flemish Ardennes are replaced by longer climbs in the south of Flanders. So, in De Brabantse Pijl it's crucial for the punchy racers of the pack to time their final sprint carefully. In 2019, Mathieu van der Poel emerged as the victor following an exciting race with Alaphilippe, Wellens and Matthews. Van der Poel was able to finish it in the sprint, but perhaps Hertstraat or 't Schavei is the ideal slope for a decisive breakaway for you? Ride your Brabantse Pijl three days after the pros and determine the outcome of the race yourself! Feel like a pro - Ride like a pro!

PARCOURS

New!

During the Brabantse Pijl Sportive on Saturday 18 April, you can choose from three distances: 75, 115 or 152 km. We start and finish in Heverlee, just outside Leuven. The revamped course now corresponds even more closely to that of the professional race. Accept the challenge and cycle along the undulating roads of Flemish and Walloon Brabant. If you choose the 75 km route, you'll be presented with a few challenging hills in Overijse, which determine the finale of De Brabantse Pijl for elite cyclists. After climbing the Smeysberg, 't Schavei and Hagaard among others, your legs will eventually have conquered about 600 metres of elevation. After this hilly zone, the 115 km tour takes you through Walloon Brabant, in the direction of La Hulpe and Genval, putting a grand total of just under 1000 metres of elevation on the counter. Do you want to bring out the Julian Alaphilippe or Tim Wellens in you? Then choose the longest route of 152 km. In addition to the hilly zone in Overijse and the passage through Walloon Brabant, this year's edition will have you heading towards Beersel. The Alsemberg, Bruine Put and Lotsestraat will give you a few extra challenges. This route features just under 1300 metres of elevation.

We've listed a few of the most challenging climbs for you below!

CLIMBS

 

Parcours Smeysberg

1 Smeysberg

In Huldenberg you will encounter the first real challenge of the day: the Smeysberg. With gradients of up to 16%, this hill won't be an easy task, even for the fittest amateur cyclists among you.

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(all distances)

Parcours Hagaard

2 Hagaard

The hilly zone in Overijse is characteristic of De Brabantse Pijl. As an opener of the local tour, the Hagaard is a well-known climb among cycling fans. It may be only 300 metres long, but with a maximum gradient of 16%, the Hagaard is a tough obstacle!

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(all distances)

Parcours Schavei

3 Schavei

In the professional race, 't Schavei always provides a spectacle in the final round of De Brabantse Pijl. In 2019, Mathieu van der Poel flew up this slope with an average gradient of 6.2% and a maximum of 12%. Will you be duplicating the Dutch cycling champion's performance?

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(all distances)

Parcours Bruine Put

4 Bruine Put

The Bruine Put is a new item in the Brabantse Pijl Sportive. The participants in the longest variant cycle to and through Beersel, just like the pros: 800 metres of climbing, with an average gradient of 8%, peaking at 14%... This hill is more than just a nice addition, so get your calves ready!

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(152 km)

Parcours Lotsestraat

5 Lotsestraat

An average gradient of 6% hardly seems worth mentioning in this list, but don't underestimate Lotsestraat! With one hill rapidly following another, you will be feeling this 1-km climb in your legs for quite some time.

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(152 km)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

PARTICIPATION PACKAGE

  • Accident insurance (no helmet = not insured)
  • Assistants to sign the way / the start/finish
  • Plenty of provisions* at each checkpoint, offering Etixx sports nutrition and drinks, water and a wide choice of fruit and biscuits
  • Technical assistance and breakdown service
  • Info card showing the hills, cobblestone sections and provisions zones
  • Excellent signage along the route
  • Medical service at every checkpoint and at the finish
  • Coffee before the race start
  • Secured bicycle shed
  • Changing rooms with showers
  • Massage at the race finish

* Provisions on production of number plate only! Participants without a number plate will not be admitted to the race circuit.

COLLECTION OF PARTICIPATION PACKAGE

Did you register in advance? Perfect! You will receive an E-ticket upon registration, with that ticket you can get your participant pack at the Scan & Ride desks. Our Scan & Ride system allows you to get all your necessities to start your ride, without having to get off your bike!

You don't want to register in advance? No problem, you can register at the designated registration zone at the event where we will hand over your participant pack. Make sure to put your bike in the secured bicycled, that way you got all the time you need to register, without having to worry about your most precious possession.

  • 152 km: 7h30 - 9h00
  • 115 km: 7h30 - 10h00
  • 75 km: 7h30 - 11h00

Accommodations

Tourism Flemish Brabant: +32 16 26 76 20 - toerisme@vlaamsbrabant.be

REGISTRATIONS

START

Heverlee (Kerspelstraat 70, Sporthal UCLL)

  • 152 km: 7h30 - 9h00
  • 115 km: 7h30 - 10h00
  • 75 km: 7h30 - 11h00

FINISH

Heverlee (Kerspelstraat 70, Sporthal UCLL)

The finish in Heverlee officially closes at 4:30 p.m.

Number of provisions*

  • 152 km: 3 provisions
  • 115 km: 2 provisions
  • 75 km: 1 provision

* Provisions on production of number plate only! Participants without a number plate will not be admitted to the race circuit.

Etixx Sports Nutrition

To support you optimally during the selection of your most appropriate nutrition to help energy levels, hydration, muscle increase, recuperation,... before, during and after training and in the lead-up to a race, please have a look here.

We would like to guide you with this specific and adapted nutritional schedule for the Brabantse Pijl Sportive, with an indication on where the refreshment stations are located.

Etixx voedingsschema

Don't forget: a good preparation is half the battle! GOOD LUCK!

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Contact

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