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01-11-2022 | Frank Jansen

Vélomédiane revived again, mini-gran fondo disappears

Belgium's most legendary ride, the Vélomédiane Claudy Criquiélion, is going to be revamped again. Last season it was already decided to shorten the gran fondo to 69 km and 1250m+. The original courses continued as a sportives-with-time measurement. In 2023, gran fondo will disappear after just one edition, but a gravel event will be added.

The main reason is cost. Organizer Laurent Goffinet "It took 80 signalmen out of 120 participants. That cost was exorbitant.'

What does the 2023 Velomediane look like?

  • Vélomédiane Grand défi 173km/3548m+*. With time registration, without classification.
  • Vélomédiane défi 133km, 2871m+*. With time registration, no classification
  • Petite Crique Ardenne Etape 97km, 1920m+*, with time measurement and no classification.
  • Vélomédiane Gravel 70km, elevation unknown*. With time measurement, without classification.

* distances and elevation subject to change.

It's not yet clear if there will be a mass start or if you can start whenever you want. We'll keep you updated.

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