There is an important piece of news for people planning on going to see the Tour of Flanders this weekend. With the popularity of Vlaanderen's most beautiful classic still growing every year, it is expected that an immense number of cycling fans will head over to the Flemish Ardennes this weekend. For many, it's all about the adrenaline rush to get to see the riders pass at as many places as possible; in fact it's become a sport next to the sport and is called 'couperen'.
This year, though, the Ronde Van Vlaanderen organisation is trying to avoid the mad and often dangerous traffic situations caused by people running and driving around like crazy from one place to another. Geert Vanden Bon from the RVV organisation told HNB, "It's not necessary (to rush from one spot to another). We are going to place giant screens on four spots along the parcours: in Geraardsbergen, Kwaremont, Ichtegem and that finish in Meerbeke."
People are advised to go to one of those places and enjoy the atmosphere. "On those four spots the ambience is guaranteed," assured Vanden Bon.
Courtesy of Sabine Sunderland