The Best Gran Fondos in Belgium 2023

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Belgium is where the best Spring Classics races take place every year. Most Belgian Gran Fondos occur in March, with many on the day before the men’s race.

These events also offer support services like food and drink stations along the route and mechanical support. They have a festive atmosphere, with music, food, and other activities at the finish line.

The Belgian Gran Fondos offer a variety of distances to choose from. They are held in two regions; 

  • Flanders for its cobbled roads 
  • Ardennes for its rolling hills and picturesque forests

Two of the must-do Belgian Gran Fondos are;

  • Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo, also known as We Ride Flanders takes place a day before (Saturday) the Tour of Flanders. Choose from 75, 144, 179, or 235 km. The 229km route mirrors the men’s race which is 273km long and goes over iconic bergs such as Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Taaienberg, and Koppenberg.
  • Liege-Bastogne-Liege Challenge takes place in the Ardennes region a day before the men’s race. The route covers popular climbs such as Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, Côte de Saint-Nicolas, and the legendary Redoute.

The table below lists all the Gran Fondos in Belgium.

DateGran FondoLocationDistancesType
25 Feb 2023Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne CycloKuurne65, 85, 100, 125kmSportive
25 Feb 2023Rene Dillen ClassicNiel70, 90kmGran Fondo
26 Feb 20239e Brussel – Opwijk – De Nil ClassicOpwijk50, 70, 90kmGran Fondo
26 Feb 2023Omloop Het Nieuwsblad CycloGhent70, 105 or 150kmSportive
4 Mar 2023Ename ClassicHerzele87, 116, 153kmTour
18 Mar 2023Dwars Door Vlaanderen CycloWaregem75, 120, 154kmSportive
18 Mar 2023Jempi Monsere HeuvelklassiekerRoeselare30, 55, 90, 105, 135, 150kmTour
18 Mar 2023Ethias Challenge WesthoekLeper50, 75, 120kmTour
25 Mar 2023Gent-Wevelgem CycloWevelgem60, 91, 136, 215kmSportive
30 Mar 2023Flanders and Paris Roubaix Race ExperienceBrussels13 daysTour
30 Mar 2023Tour of Flanders Race ExperienceBrussels6 daysTour
1 Apr 2023Ronde van Vlaanderen Off-RoadKluisbergen30, 50, 80kmGravel
1 Apr 2023Ronde van Vlaanderen CycloOudenaarde74, 130, 170, 237kmSportive
8 Apr 2023Scheldeprijs CycloSchoten88, 111, 152kmSportive
13 Apr 2023PlugPlug LimburgLanaken59, 99, 152kmGravel
15 Apr 2023Brabantse Pijl CycloHeverlee76, 103, 150kmSportive
17 Apr 2023Yuzzu Hesbaye GravelJodoigne50, 90, 130kmGravel
22 Apr 2023Liege-Bastogne-Liege ChallengeLiege81, 147, 255kmGran Fondo
22 Apr 2023Liège-Bastogne-Liège ChallengeLiège70, 147, 266kmGran Fondo
22 Apr 2023Ethias Challenge HaspengouwHoeselt50, 75, 120kmGran Fondo
23 Apr 2023Gravel Ride des 13 Châteaux 2.0Esneux100kmGravel
29 Apr 2023Ethias Challenge Fagne-FamenneOnhaye50, 75, 120kmGran Fondo
30 Apr 2023Philippe Gilbert ClassicAywaille85, 111, 144kmTour
6 May 2023Strada CampinaTurnhout80, 110, 135, 160, 180, 200kmGravel
7 May 2023Granfondo Espace CyclesÉtalle110, 165kmGran Fondo
13 May 2023La Chouffe ClassicHouffalize73, 106, 165kmGran Fondo
14 May 2023Ethias Challenge Vlaamse ArdennenOudenaarde50, 75, 120, 160kmGran Fondo
27 May 2023Smugglers PathWitteberg Hamont-Achel90, 150kmGravel
27 May 2023Flèche de WallonieSpa84, 115, 151kmTour
3 Jun 2023La Croisiere Belge Gravel et RouteHainaut370kmGravel
4 Jun 2023Ethias Challenge Hoge VenenHerbesthal50, 75, 110, 160kmGran Fondo
4 Jun 2023Tilff-Bastogne-TilffAngleur83, 121, 170, 249kmTour
10 Jun 2023Landen – Trois Ponts – LandenLanden62, 110, 162kmGran Fondo
24 Jun 2023Serge Baguet ClassicLierde30, 70, 115, 150kmSportive
25 Jun 2023The Chebacco Gravel Ride 2nd editionLiedekerke85, 100, 130, 162kmGravel
15 Aug 2023Ride LeuvenLeuven33, 64, 97, 141kmSportive
20 Aug 2023Waasland Free Foxes GravelrideMelsele90, 140kmGravel
26 Aug 2023Cyclosportive Vélomédiane Claudy CriquiélionLa Roche-en-Ardenne93, 133, 173kmGran Fondo
27 Aug 2023Houffa GravelHouffalize68, 110kmGravel
3 Sep 2023HardNGravel ChallengeStavelot60, 110kmGravel
9 Sep 2023The Dirty Boar Gravel RideOvifat170kmGravel
10 Sep 2023Panache RallyBrussels2200kmUltra
10 Sep 2023Panache RallyBrussels1200kmUltra
16 Sep 2023Niner Gravelride BeneluxDessel60, 100, 160kmGravel
17 Sep 2023Team Leader ClassicGhent35, 65, 110kmGran Fondo
28 Sep 2023Yuzzu Gravel National ParkMaasmechelen45, 70, 100kmGravel
30 Sep 2023Bosland GranFondoHechtel-Eksel100, 160kmGran Fondo
List of Gran Fondos in Belgium in 2023
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