Since 2016 Gent-Wevelgem has been working together with the Koninklijke Yperse Wielerclub and KWC De Sasspurters Boezinge to organize a Gent-Wevelgem race of the highest level on the last Sunday of March for elite Men and Women, U17 Men and Women, U19 Men and Women and U23 Men.
On 29 March 2020 ‘7 races in Flanders Fields’ would have taken place for the fifth time already. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic the event was cancelled.
It has been several months now and the coronavirus still has not been conquered. The youth competition is still prohibited and it is getting more and more challenging for young cyclists to stay motivated. The organizers want to put out all the stops to support youth cycling especially in these testing times.
On 28 March 2021 they want to organize all seven competitions if the youth competition is allowed again by then. In any case the organization assumes there will still be many restrictions in place that will have to be taken into consideration, which is why a competition with national teams unfortunately seems like a utopia. If youth competitions are to take place in March again, Gent-Wevelgem/Kattekoers (U23 Men), Gent-Wevelgem/GP André Noyelle (U19 Men) and Gent-Wevelgem Women Junior in 2021 will exceptionally not be part of the UCI Nations’ Cup.
The three competitions will remain on the international calendar but the participants in 2021 will mainly consist of Belgian teams. This way the organizers want to offer competition to the Belgian youth cycling and support the industry as soon as it is possible again.
In 2022 Gent-Wevelgem/Kattekoers, Gent-Wevelgem/GP André Noyelle and Gent-Wevelgem Women Junior will return to the UCI Nations’ Cup.
So fingers crossed for the 7 races in Flanders Fields on Sunday 28 March 2021.