An incredibly proud region of Belgium, cycling in Flanders encountered a difficult period in the early 1900s. Velodromes were closing, and national championships on the road and track were no longer organised. To add insult to injury, the one primary Belgian race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, was held in the French-speaking southern section of the country.
The early 1900s was the era that linked newspapers to significant cycling events in a symbiotic relationship. This relationship, mutually benefitting, allowed newspapers to gain publicity while the sport of cycling gained a well-organised race with good prize funds. In 1912, a year before the first Tour of Flanders, Fleming Odile Defraye became the first Belgian winner of the Tour de France and inspired the creators of Sportwereld, a Dutch-language sports magazine, to create a race. This race was to be encompassed solely in the region of Flanders and was to promote cycling in the area and increase the magazine's circulation.
Taking part every spring since its inception, save for pauses during World War I, today's race is a true legend of the sport. The varied terrain containing narrow roads, sharp climbs and cobbled sections guarantees selective racing and the spectators that line the route are passionate and animated. Flandrian flags depicting the Lion of Flanders are waved furiously along the course, and plenty of regional beer is sunk, resulting in an authentic holiday atmosphere.
De Ronde Original Organic T-Shirt
A black t-shirt in 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton, hand screen printed with a design inspired by the Tour of Flanders.
Regular fitting, the super soft cotton construction is finished with a 1x1 ribbed collar with twin needle topstitch, herringbone back neck tape, wide double topstitch sleeve and bottom hems and collar and full side seams to ensure elevated levels of post ride comfort.