Tuesday night was in Kortemark the eighth edition of the Bredene-Handzame Classic (cat. 1.BC) and the Handzame Challenge (1.IC) is proposed. For the big brother, which is a category increased, and now as a one day race out of category goes through life, it may be a festival for the sprinters. Both matches will take place on Friday, march 16.
The Handzame Classic will also start this year in Bredene. From the Staff Versluyscentrum the direction of Oostende and Oudenburg and through Middelkerke, Nieuwpoort and Koksijde to The Nuts. On that poldervlakte playing the wind is always a major role and the peloton in several groups and explain splashing. After The Nuts are there two solid kasseizones on the way to Poperinge. Then they head for the Hills, after 82 kilometers of racing the Sulferberg, the first climb of the day, followed by the Monteberg and the Kemmelberg. Through Ypres and Kortemark is Handy reached, where after 144 km course once again three local laps, each of 15 km, on the program, containing the passage on the Ruidenberg.
Last year took the victory to the Norwegian Kristoffer Halvorsen. He remained in a bunch sprint, the Brit Adam Blythe and Kenny Dehaes, the winner of 2013, for. All editions of the Bredene-Handzame Classic ended in a bunch sprint.
With the Handy Challenge and continue to the organisers at the youth stakes. The interclub, with the launch on the Market of Jabbeke, follows largely the same route as the Handzame Classic. In Handzame are three local laps finished so 151,6 km. “We want our course to not only regelmatigheidscriterium join. Aware because that allows us to set a private field to put together. And the question of the teams is large, so that we also this year a few teams had to be disappointed”, explained race director Stefaan Decleir.