Cobblestones add colour to new course
Chairman Robrecht Bothuyne: "We are working on an own identity for our races. The finish on Nokereberg is already unique; there is no other one-day race that arrives on top of a cobblestone hill. And Nokereberg will remain the common thread. But cobblestones will be that much more. Danilith Nokere Koerse is deliberately not racing after the Tour of Flanders and other spring races, but chooses its own profile.'
The start will be on the market square in Deinze, followed by a long ride of about 100 kilometers that will take the riders past Nazareth, Gavere, Zingem, Zwalm, Oudenaarde, Wortegem-Petegem and Anzegem towards Nokere.
Race director of the men's race Rony De Sloovere: "We're bringing a number of new hills in the course; such as the well-known Wolvenberg, but also the still unknown Petegemberg. Together with the cobblestones of the Varent, Herlegemstraat, Lange Ast, Huisepontweg and Nokereberg, for example, the course will be quite selective. In total the riders will have 1171 altimeters, spread over 13 hills, of which 9 with cobblestones. Those cobblestones color our race: no less than 25 kilometers of Danilith Nokere Koerse consists of cobblestones. They are largely on the local circuit through the Kruisem boroughs. We are limiting the distance of the race to 189 kilometers. We want to make it an attractive race.”