The best ways to get to the heart of the Tour.
The Flemish Ardennes are situated to the south of Ghent, to the east of Kortrijk and to the west of Brussels. The E17 and E40 motorways flank the Flemish Ardennes but do not run through them, allowing the region to retain its rural charm. Take exit Kruishoutem on the E17 or exit Zottegem on the E40, which will bring you almost straight to the four Tour cities (Oudenaarde, Zottegem, Ronse and Geraardsbergen).
You can easily get to Oudenaarde, Zottegem, Ronse and Geraardsbergen by train. Check the NMBS website for tickets and information.
You can bike from Ghent to the Flemish Ardennes, along the banks of the River Scheldt past Zwalm, all the way to Oudenaarde. Ghent has a wide range of bike rental facilities. If you did not rent a folding bike, but you want to take your rental bike on the train, then bear in mind the following guidelines.
Alternatively you can also rent a bike on location in Oudenaarde, Zottegem, Geraardsbergen or Ronse.
Once you have arrived in the Flemish Ardennes, you can choose from any of the signposted bike trails of the 830-kilometre longFlemish Ardennes cycling network. The Tour of Flanders route, with three cycle loops, which all start from Oudenaarde, is also part of this network.
Oudenaarde is situated along the Scheldt and can be reached from France and Antwerp by pleasure boat. The marina is located in an old arm of the Scheldt, just outside of the city centre. The Ename archaeological site is also situated near a jetty along the Scheldt.