Flanders 2021 Ride - Leuven

Flanders 2021 Ride Leuven

During the Flanders 2021 Ride Leuven, on Thursday 23 September in Leuven you can choose between a tour of 60 or 100 kilometres. Experience for yourself the thrill of cycling through Leuven city centre for the final of the 2021 UCI Road World Championships and let the Flandrien in you come to the fore on the hefty climbs of the Flandrien loop. A challenging tour with 554 or 854 vertical metres over the official World Championships roads!


La Flandre 2021 Ride Leuven est un défi pour les cyclistes sportifs. Vous avez hâte d'explorer les dernières randonnées sur route ? Alors lisez la suite et faites votre choix parmi nos deux circuits :

Flanders 2021 Ride Leuven
100 km: 11 climbs & 854 am 
60 km: 6 climbs & 554 am 
Start: 100km between 12h30 and 14h
          60km between 12h30 and 14h30 
Finish: closes 19h30
OHL Leuven
Kardinaal Mercierlaan 46
3001 Leuven

The circuit and programme can still be adjusted in function of the World Championships races.

Practical information


There will be 5 different parking places near the start. If you come by car, park on one of these 5 spaces. The parking lots will also be marked when you take the exit Haasrode on the E40.

  • P1 Kerspelstraat 
  • P2 Hertogstraat 
  • P3 Ambachtenlaan 
  • P4 Brabanthal - Technologielaan 23
  • P5 Brabanthal - Evenementenlaan 1

Please note that the ring road around Leuven will not be accessible. The car parks are accessible via the E40, exit Haasrode. Afterwards you can also follow the arrows to the car park and to the start at the OHL stadium.

Everything about mobility at the World Championships can be found on our website. Tip : use Google Maps or Waze for the quickest routes.


You will not be required to present a Covid Safety Ticket. This means that face masks are mandatory in the zones start - supply - finish. Also, sufficient distance must be maintained at all times.


It promises to be a tough but beautiful ride. The city loop, together with some iconic slopes of the flandrien loop, will be made completely traffic-free for this occasion. The short distance has one supply point, the long distance two. You can find the complete route on RouteYou.

City loop

Immediately after the start, you will discover the hefty climbs of the local loop in Leuven. This loop is run by the pros a total of no fewer than eight times during the race!

St. Antoniusberg is the first climb to challenge your wheels after two kilometres. With an average gradient of almost 6% at 230 metres, this is the ideal preparation for the next climbs on your path, namely the Keizersberg (290 m - 9% max. - 6.6% average), the Decouxlaan (975 m - 6% max. - 2.5% average) and the Wijnpers (360 m - 8% average and 9% max.). After descending the Wijnpers, you leave the local loop via the Tervuursesesteenweg and continue towards the Flandrien loop.


Flandrien loop

Veeweidestraat is the starter on the menu of the Flandrien loop. With an average gradient of more than 5% at 484 metres and a maximum gradient of 12 percent, this climb is a good warming-up for the next arduous climbing. After 36 km, a wall appears in front of you: the Smeysberg. The climb promises to be one of the deciding factors of the 2021 UCI Road World Championships. With an average gradient of 8.84% at 700 metres and a maximum of up to 16% you will soon feel why.

For the participants in the longest distance, the Moskesstraat will follow three kilometres later. The completely renewed climb has an average gradient of 8% at 550 metres, which makes it a very difficult climb. Try to have some energy left at the end of the Moskesstraat, because the last stretch can reach a maximum of no less than 18%.

In the heart of Overijse, you can once again accelerate the heart rate in the “S” bend, followed by the Taymansstraat. With the accumulation of slopes, this climb will also be a challenging one, with an average gradient of almost 6% at 738 metres and a maximum gradient of 18.3%.

Followed a little later by Bekestraat (439 m - 7.5% average - 15% max.). For the time being, this is a relatively unknown climb for the public, but that may soon be about to change. Bekestraat is a real calf muscle killer, tailored to the explosive cobblestone eaters with another power explosion in the legs.



  • 60 km: 30 EUR
  • 100 km: 45 EUR

Registrations are open until 22/09 23h59. It's NOT possible to register on the day of the ride.

*Children under 12 do not have to register and can take part in the tour free of charge.

General terms and conditions

Participation package

  • Extensive provisions on the way (2x for 100 km / 1x for 60 km)  
  • Accident insurance (no helmet = not insured)
  • Technical assistance
  • Medical assistance
  • Breakdown assistance
  • Route map / marked circuit
  • Side plate
  • Unique World Championships experience!

The circuit will be published here as soon as it is available. The GPX file of your tour will be sent to you by email a few days before your participation. 


Overnight accommodation

Looking for overnight accommodation during the World Championships week or want to start your cycle tour fully relaxed? Then be sure to visit the website of Leuven and Flemish Brabant.

Good cause

Want to support the fight against cancer on your bike? Cycle with us, the “Gelijk nen Echte” team. Together with team leader Karl Vannieuwkerke, front woman Ine Beyen and front man Maarten Vangramberen, Kom op tegen Kanker wants to form the biggest cycling team against cancer! Join in as well, and make an extra contribution with your registration without any obligations. In this way, you support the prevention projects of Kom op tegen Kanker, Official Charity Partner of the 2021 UCI Road World Championships.


The organisers advise everyone to avoid any form of strenuous physical activity for which they are not adequately prepared. Make sensible choices about the distance you ride and/or the pace you set for yourself. Anyone who aims to improve performance and compete at a high intensity should see a doctor or a specialised sports physician annually for a check-up.

There is no requirement to produce a medical certificate. It is up to the participant to decide how to use the information resulting from a medical check-up. The organisers cannot be held liable in this respect.

IMPORTANT: if you have symptoms of COVID-19, we ask you to stay at home!


Do you have a question?

Don't hesitate to contact us at info@flanders2021.com