76ste Danilith Nokere Koerse

Woensdag 16 maart 2022


dinsdag 11 januari 2022

Danilith Nokere Koerse has reworked the course of its races.

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.”

Gil Steyvers, the race director for the women: “The women's race is largely on the same roads, although with fewer local laps. In total the women cycle is 126 kilometers. There is also a good portion of 15 kilometers of cobblestones. The women will have nine hills in front of their wheels and will have to climb a total of 800 meters. It is a challenging course, but also a safe one. We avoid dangerous roads and provide adequate signaling & security where necessary. Each team also receives a fully detailed safety manual in which every square meter of the course is mapped out. Teams and riders can thus assess any risks beforehand. Safety is essential to us.”

Danilith Nokere Koerse was previously in the news with the raising of the prize money of the women's race to the level of the men and the announcement that in addition to the men, the women will also have their own live broadcast. That gender story of Danilith Nokere Koerse is characterized by cobblestones.

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