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1 ALLL FLANDRIENS! 100 YEARS TOUR OF FLANDERS Visitor guide with the support of The Cycling Museum in Roeselare The museum offers a great deal to those who are passionate about cycling.. Thoughtful activities, exhibitions, an adventure through cycling history, a starting point for your bicycle ride in the region.... the museum is more than just a gallery. The Cycling Museum is also and above alll a research center. Scientifical inquiries about the bicycle and how it used, the evolution of cycling sports,... basedd on written, spoken and digital sources result in new important knowledge about our social history, our culture and of course our lives in sports. Remember what Juvenal wrote: menn should pray for a sound mind in a sound body . Info: Polenplein 15, 8800 Roeselare +32 (0) be 2 INTRO All Flandriens! Dear reader, this is a special brochure you are reading. In 2013 it is exactly 100 years ago that the first Tour of Flanders was organised. After a true battle of the titans, Paul Deman from Rekkem emerged victorious. Such a centenary is cause for celebration! The first Belgian victories in Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo and the Tour de France were also recorded by cyclists from the Lys Region. A coincidence? We think not! Flanders cherishes its Tour of Flanders and the Lys Region plays a unique role. Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem are living proof of this. Nowhere else will you find as many rugged Flandriens. The centenary of the Tour of Flanders is therefore the ideal occasion for highlighting the cycling culture of the Lys Region. To honour the legendary knights of the metal steed, seven sites will organise interactive exhibits in 2013 under the umbrella Everyone s a Flandrien! You will read more about it in the section dedicated to these exhibits. Such an occasion also merits a special cover. None other than professional female cyclist Grace Verbeke was found willing to pose for Everyone s a Flandrien in the Cycling Museum in Roeselare, which is also home to one of the exhibits. Born in Roeselare, she became a Pro in 2007 and has achieved many great victories since then, such as in the Tour of Flanders and the Belgian Time Trial Championship. If you feel the desire to get on your bike yourself, we also have six topical cycling routes each about 30 km long, along the cycling route network. The unique experiences along the way make your cycling trip extra special. Contents Intro... 3 Expo... 4 Lead characters... 8 The last of the Flandriens All Flandriens Routes Cycling events Contact Take a picture via the All Flandriens app and get a free ride on the biking simulator! Android: iphone: 3 EXPO On Sunday 25 May 1913, Paul Deman from Rekkem won the very first Tour of Flanders. The Mariakerke velodrome was the fitting backdrop for the final stage of this new cycling race, which was thought up by journalist Karel Van Wynendaele. 100 years later, the Tour of Flanders is more popular than ever and cycling is Flanders most popular sport. From Deman to Devolder By retelling the stories of six Flemish cycling heroes (called Flandriens) who came from the Lys Region, from March to September, six cities and towns from the area evoke the history of 100 years of cycling culture and cycling. You can visit an interactive exhibit in each of these six cities and towns during this period, which submerges you in the typical cycling atmosphere, both in the past and at the moment. You can put yourselves in the shoes of our Flandriens, as it were. After all, each exhibit contains a feature with a replica bike from that period allowing you to make a virtual ride of the local Flandrien. The idea is to cover the greatest amount of distance in one minute. The distances covered by all visitors are recorded in a ranking and the best in each category and each site gets an exclusive VIP package for the spring classics in Flandrien Factor & Knowledge Sprint In the WieMu in Roeselare you can measure your Flandrien Factor as part of the Iedereen Flandrien Expo (All Flandriens Exhibit). You will go through a series of trials to measure to which extent you are go-getter, whether you can keep your cool under difficult circumstances and how fast and dexterous you are. At the end of the exhibit you will find out your Flandrien Factor and you can also compare yourself to other, famous and less famous, visitors. Those who prefer to look at things more seriously can take in the Knowledge Sprint at the WieMu. You answer questions correctly to have a miniature cyclist race to the finish line. As a visitor you will have to answer a number of questions about Eric Leman and Eddy Merckx. Whoever answers 10 questions correctly the most quickly is the winner. Watch out for falls. After all, this is a real sprint. Practical information Wielermuseum Roeselare (until 29 September) Polenplein 15, 8800 Roeselare +32 (0) Opening times: from Tuesday through Saturday, continuously open from 10 AM to 5 PM (closed on Monday, Sunday and public holidays) Rates Single entrance ticket: 5 60+, adults in groups of 15+ persons: year olds, holders of a teacher s card, local residents: 1-12 years, friends of the museum, disabled & companion: free Guided tour (10-25 persons): 30 4 Briek Schotte, Iron Man Part of the exhibit in Waregem is dedicated to the Dwars door Vlaanderen cycling race but the absolute principal role is given to, who else, the last true Flandrien: Briek Schotte. Briek, also known as the man of iron, inspired many generations of Flemish cyclists and embodies the concept of Flandrien. His crude style of cycling, his clear-cut features, his incredible perseverance, but also his warm, generous personality make this honorary citizen of Waregem the quintessential Flandrien. Take a seat on a bike that Briek could have raced on and feel like a true Flandrien for a while. Practical information Waregem City Hall (until 25 May) Gemeenteplein 2, 8790 Waregem +32 (0) Opening times Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8.30 AM until noon and from 1 PM until 5 PM Tuesday: 8.30 AM until noon and from 1 PM until 6.30 PM Friday: from 8.30 AM until AM Free entry Veloods Waregem (29 May 29 September) Oude Vijvestraat 29, 8790 Waregem +32 (0) Opening times Monday to Friday: from 7 AM to 6.30 PM Saturday: AM until noon and from 2 PM until 6.30 PM; Sunday by appointment only Free entry Cycling monuments The Lys Region is not only celebrating the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders, it is also celebrating the 75th edition of Gent-Wevelgem, which is an excellent reason to celebrate. The exhibit in Wevelgem has been set up around the track of this popular spring classic as we ve known it for the last few decades. In Wevelgem, you will also be to take a peek behind the screens of such a major race. There is also a fitting tribute to Gaston Rebry whose successes helped bring around the Gent-Wevelgem race in In Harelbeke, naturally the well-known E3 Harelbeke race is key. Together with Stijn Devolder, who spent his entire childhood in Bavikhove and evolved into a very promising cyclist, under the wings of Dirk Demol. Artistic jack-of-alltrades and full-on cycling enthusiast Wim Opbrouck welcomes visitors with his Tribute to the E3 Race. You will 5 also discover bicycle- and cycling-inspired art there. The track of the E3 Harelbeke race guides you through the visit. You will find out more about this special race, in a playful manner, which is generally considered to be the ideal preparation for the Tour of Flanders. Practical information Peter Benoit Museum (until 29 September) Marktstraat 55, 8530 Harelbeke +32 (0) Opening times Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 2 PM until 5 PM Outside of these times, by appointment only. Rates: Adults: 2 Groups (of more than 20 people), children until 12 years old: 1.75 Teachers card, children under 6: free Public Library of Wevelgem (until 25 May) Vanackerestraat 20, 8560 Wevelgem +32 (0) Opening times Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: from 2 PM until 8 PM Wednesday and Friday, from 9 AM to noon and from 2 PM to 8 PM Saturday: from 9 AM until noon Free entry OC De Cerf Gullegem (29 May -29 September) Kerkstraat 1, 8560 Gullegem (Wevelgem) +32 (0) Opening times Monday to Friday: from 9 AM to noon Free entry Quite the gentleman Rekkem has been elected as Village of the Tour. It owes this title to the fact that it is the birthplace of the very first of the Tour of Flanders: Paul Deman. The personal life of Paul Deman and the 100th anniversary of the Tour of Flanders are key in the Menen exhibit. You will find out more about the rich and interesting life of Deman and you can also listen to a detailed account of the first Tour of Flanders. The absolute piece de resistance is the cycling simulator, which enables you to ride a bike that seems to come straight from Deman s era. In Bossuit as well, Deman is focused on, who is not only a Tour of Flanders winner, but also emerged victorious in Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Tours. Deman is buried in nearby Outrijve, where a distinguished and elderly Deman inspired a young Marc Demeyer to take up cycling. Aside from Deman, Demeyer is also the point of focus in Bossuit. The imposing posture of this man, whose nickname was the Giant of Outrijve, is a stark contrast with his frail-looking contemporary Michel Pollentier and makes it clear that anyone can be a Flandrien! 6 Practical information Bossuit Pump Building (until 29 September) Doorniksesteenweg 402, 8583 Bossuit (Avelgem) +32 (0) Opening times Monday to Friday: 9.30 AM to noon and from 1 PM to 5.30 PM From 1 June onwards, also on Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM until 5.30 PM Free entry Jukebox Museum Menen (until 29 September) Site Roussel, Wervikstraat 192, 8930 Menen +32 (0) Opening times Groups are welcomed throughout the year, by appointment only. For individual visitors, every Sunday: from 2 PM until 6 PM Free entry 7 LEAD CHARACTERS Cycling is a game of helpers and leaders, of stars and extras. The Lys Region has produced an incredible amount of race winners. In the Everyone s a Flandrien Exhibit, a number of these winners are focused on. They are also linked to a contemporary cyclist from abroad. There are also other foreign Flandriens being examined. You will find more about them in the next few pages. These heroes of the past and present are introduced per site. Menen Paul Deman Rekkem, 25/4/1889 Deceased: Outrijve, 31/7/ Heiri Suter Gränichen (CH), 10/7/1899 Deceased: Büllach (CH), 6/11/1978 Acteve career: : 3 e Luik Bastenaken Luik 1913: 3 e Parijs-Menen, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1914: 1 e Bordeaux Parijs 1920: 1 e Parijs Roubaix 1923: 1 e Parijs Tours Rolf Graf Unterenfelden (CH), 19/8/ : 3 e Ronde van Lombardije 1922: 2 e Parijs Tours 1923: 1 e Parijs Roubaix, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1925: 1 e Bordeaux Parijs 1926: 1 e Parijs Tours 1927: 1 e Parijs- Tours Fabian Cancellara: Wohlen bei Bern (CH), 18/3/ : 1 e Gent Wevelgem 1956: 1 e Ronde van Zwitserland 1959: 2 e Ronde van Romandië (until 10/3/2013): 2006: 1 e Parijs Roubaix, 2007: 2 e E3 Harelbeke 2008: 1 e Tirreno Adriatico, 1 e Milaan San Remo, 2 e Parijs Roubaix, 3 e Olympische Spelen 2009: 1 e Ronde van Zwitserland 2010: 1 e E3 Harelbeke, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 1 e Parijs Roubaix, 2011: 2 e Milaan San Remo, 1 e E3 Harelbeke, 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 2 e Parijs Roubaix, 2012: 2 e Milaan San Remo 8 Wevelgem/Gullegem Gaston Rebry Rollegem-Kapelle, 19/1/1905 Deceased: Wevelgem, 3/7/ Georges Speicher Parijs (FR), 8/6/1907 Deceased: Maison-Laffitte (FR), 24/1/ : 2 e Parijs Menen 1926: 3 e Parijs Roubaix 1927: 3 e Parijs Menen 1929: 10 e Ronde van Frankrijk 1931: 1 e Parijs Roubaix, 4 e Ronde van Frankrijk 1934: 1 e Parijs Roubaix, 1 e Parijs Nice, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1935: 1 e Parijs Roubaix 1936: 3 e Parijs Roubaix Jacky Durand: Laval (FR), 10/2/ : 10 e Ronde van Frankrijk 1933: 1 e Ronde van Frankrijk, 1 e Wereldkampioenschap 1935: 6 e Ronde van Frankrijk 1936: 1 e Parijs Roubaix Sylvain Chavanel: Chatellerault (FR), 30/6/ : 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1998: 1 e Parijs Tours 2001: 2 e Franco Belge 2002: 2 e Parijs Tours Most important places of honour (until 10/3/2013): 2000: 3 e Franco Belge 2008: 1 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 1 e Brabantse Pijl 2011: 2 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 2012: 2 e Dwars door Vlaanderen Monsieur Paris Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem Gaston Rebry was the very first Monsieur Paris-Roubaix, long before Roger De Vlaeminck. With 3 victories and 2 third place finishes, he dominated this classic from hell between 1926 and After Rebry, in 1934, won not only Paris Roubaix but also Paris Nice and the Tour of Flanders (an unprecedented feat so far) some fellow villagers had the idea of organising a race in Wevelgem to honour Rebry. The Gent Wevelgem classic was born. Rebry never took part in the race organised in his honour, but for many years he was the chairman of the organising committee and he brought the best-known cyclists to Wevelgem. 9 THE LAST OF THE FLANDRIENS On 21 December 1961, Karel Van Wijnendaele passed away in the hospital of Deinze. Van Wijnendaele was the founder of the Sportwereld newspaper and organised the first Tour of Flanders in He was also the person who introduced the concept of a Flandrien and forged the best cyclists from West and East of Flanders into a team, which brought him international lustre. Van Wijnendaele s death saw the end of the Flandriens spiritual father. After all, until his death, Van Wijnendaele was morally in charge of deciding who could and could not call himself a Flandrien. Van Wijnendaele is buried in Sint-Martens-Latem where he was living from 1939 to Waregem Alberic Briek Schotte Kanegem, 7/9/1919 Deceased: Kortrijk, 4/4/ Fiorenzo Magni Vaiano di Prato (IT), 7/12/1920 Deceased: Monza (IT), 19/10/ : 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1942: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1944: 2 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 2 e Waalse Pijl 1946: 3 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 1 e Parijs Brussel, 1 e Parijs Tours 1947: 1 e Parijs Tours 1948: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 2 e Waalse Pijl, 2 e Ronde van Frankrijk, 1 e Wereldkampioenschap 1949: 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1950: 3 e Omloop het Nieuwsblad, 1 e Gent Wevelgem, 2 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 1 e Wereldkampioenschap 1952: 2 e Parijs Tours, 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 1 e Parijs Brussel 1953: 1 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 2 e Parijs Brussel 1954: 2 e Dwars door Vlaanderen 1955: 1 e Gent Wevelgem, 1 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 1 e Scheldeprijs 1956: 3 e Kuurne Brussel Kuurne, 2 e Omloop het Nieuwsblad, 1958: 3 e E3 Harelbeke 1959: 3 e Dwars door Vlaanderen 1947: 9 e Ronde van Italië 1948: 1 e Ronde van Italië 1949: 3 e Milaan San Remo, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1950: 3 e Parijs Roubaix, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 6 e Ronde van Italië 1951: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 1 e Ronde van Italië, 2 e Wereldkampioenschap 1952: 2 e Ronde van Italië 1953: 9 e Ronde van Italië 1954: 6 e Ronde van Italië, 2 e Bordeaux Parijs, 2 e Ronde van Lombardije 1955: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1956: 2 e Milaan San Remo, 2 e Ronde van Italië, 3 e Ronde van Lombardije Who in Flanders is going to trump them? Until today, Fiorenzo Magni is the sole cyclist to have won the Tour of Flanders on three consecutive occasions. His feats in the Tour of Italy are also very impressive. He is without doubt a member of the last generation of true Flandriens. 10 Gianni Bugno Brugg (CH), 14/2/ Andrea Tafi Fucecchio (IT), 7/5/ : 2 e Gent Wevelgem 1990: 1 e Milaan San Remo, 1 e Ronde van Italië, 7 e Ronde van Frankrijk, 3 e Wereldkampioenschap 1991: 4 e Ronde van Italië, 2 e Ronde van Frankrijk, 1 e Wereldkampioenschap 1992: 3 e Dauphiné Liberé, 2 e Ronde van Zwitserland, 3 e Ronde van Frankrijk, 1 e Wereldkampioenschap 1993: 2 e Amstel Gold Race 1994: 3 e Brabantse Pijl, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 8 e Ronde van Italië 1995: 2 e Luik Bastenaken Luik 1996: 3 e Ronde van Zwitserland 1996: 1 e Parijs Brussel, 1 e Ronde van Lombardije 1997: 2 e Amstel Gold Race, 3 e Parijs Brussel 1998: 2 e Parijs Roubaix 1999: 1 e Parijs Roubaix 2000: 1 e Parijs Tours 2002: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen Fiorenzo Magni won the closing stage of the Tour de France in 1953 in front of Mario Baroni and Jean Forestier. The latter won the Tour of Flanders in Roeselare Eric Leman Ledegem, 17/7/ Tom Simpson Haswell (GB), 30/11/1937 Deceased: Mont Ventoux (FR), 13/7/ : 1 e Kuurne Brussel Kuurne, 3 e Parijs Tours 1969: 1 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 3 e Waalse Pijl 1970: 2 e Kuurne Brussel Kuurne, 3 e Milaan San Remo, 2 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 3 e Parijs Roubaix 1971: 2 e Kuurne Brussel Kuurne 1972: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1973: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1974: 2 e Milaan San Remo 1961: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1962: 2 e Parijs Nice 1963: 2 e Gent Wevelgem, 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 2 e Parijs Brussel, 1 e Bordeaux Parijs, 2 e Parijs Tours 1964: 2 e Kuurne Brussel Kuurne, 1 e Milaan San Remo 1965: 3 e Midi Libre, 3 e Waalse Pijl, 3 e Bordeaux Parijs, 1 e Wereldkampioenschap, 1 e Ronde van Lombardije 1967: 1 e Parijs - Nice Barry Hoban Wakefield (GB), 5/2/ Mark Cavendish Laxey (GB), 21/5/ : 2 e Parijs Tours 1969: 3 e Luik Bastenaken Luik 1972: 3 e Parijs Roubaix 1974: 2 e Midi Libre, 1 e Gent Wevelgem 1978: 2 e GP Pino Cerami Most important places of honour (until 10/3/2013): 2007: 1 e Scheldeprijs, 2 e Franco Belge 2008: 1 e Scheldeprijs, 2009: 1 e Milaan San Remo 2010: 1 e Puntenklassement Ronde van Spanje 2011: 1 e Scheldeprijs, 1 e Puntenklassement Ronde van Frankrijk, 1 e Wereldkampioenschap 2012: 1 e Kuurne Brussel Kuurne, 12 Bossuit Marc Demeyer Outrijve, 19/4/1950 Deceased: Merelbeke, 20/1/ Hendrikus Hennie Kuiper Denekamp (NL), 3/2/ : 1 e Dwars door Vlaanderen 1973: 3 e Scheldeprijs 1974: 1 e GP Pino Cerami, 3 e Parijs Roubaix, 1 e Scheldeprijs, 1 e Parijs Brussel 1975: 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1976: 2 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 3 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 1 e Parijs Roubaix 1977: 3 e Dwars door Vlaanderen, 1 e Scheldeprijs, 2 e Parijs Brussel 1979: 2 e Ronde van Vlaanderen 1980: 2 e Parijs - Brussel Wim van Est Fijnaart en Heijningen (NL), 25/3/1923 Deceased: Roosendaal (NL), 1/5/ : 1 e Bordeaux Parijs 1951: 2 e Bordeaux Parijs 1952: 1 e Bordeaux Parijs 1953: 2 e Gent - Wevelgem, 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 2 e Bordeaux - Parijs 1954: 2 e Bordeaux Parijs 1956: 2 e Kuurne- Brussel - Kuurne 1961: 1 e Bordeaux Parijs 1975: 1 e Wereldkampioenschap 1976: 2 e Parijs Nice, 1 e Ronde van Frankrijk, 2 e Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, 2 e Parijs Brussel 1977: 3 e Amstel Gold Race, 2 e Ronde van Frankrijk, 3 e Parijs Tours 1978: 2 e Ronde van Romandië 1979:3 e Parijs-Roubaix,4 e Ronde van Frankrijk 1980: 2 e Luik Bastenaken Luik, 2 e Ronde van Frankrijk 1981: 1 e Ronde van Vlaanderen, 1 e Ronde van Lombardije 1983: 1 e Parijs Roubaix 1985: 1 e Milaan San Remo, Fleming saves van Est In the 1951 Tour de France, Wim van Est conquers the Yellow Jersey on 16 July. This makes him the first Dutchman to be allowed to wear the Yellow Jersey. The next day, a demanding stage in the Pyrenees is scheduled, with, among other things, a climb of the Col d Aubisque. During the climb, van Est is soon beaten back, but he wants to defend the Yellow Jersey at all cost. He follows Fiorenzo Magni and plunges down during the descent in the hopes of making up some time. Wim van Est was generally known as a cyclist with very little control over his bike. Therefore, it does not take long for him to fall during the descent. However, he s unstoppable. Bloody and grazed, he jumps back on his bike, but after a few hairpins he again loses control over his bike and he drops 70 metres into a ravine. Roger Decock (born in Izegem) is the only other cyclist around. Decock stops and alerts the race officials who manage to rescue van Est by tying together a few inner tubes. 13 Jan Raas Heinkenszand (NL), 8/11/ : 2 e Amstel Gold Race 1977: 2 e Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, 1 e Milaan San Remo, 1 e Amstel Gold Race 1978: 3 e Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, 1 e Amstel Gold Race, 2 e E3 Ha
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