Chasin’ the sunset
VAN DER POEL EDITION
The first edition of Chasin’ the Sunset has been dubbed the Van der Poel Edition with a route that’s an homage to cycling icon Raymond Poulidor, his son in law Adrie van der Poel and their (grand)sons Mathieu and David van der Poel – all of them great champions of the sport. We start in Kapellen in Belgium, where Adrie now lives and his sons Mathieu and David were born, to finish three days later in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, home to Poulidor for many years.
The route was tailor made for Chasin’ the Sunset and features the following highlights:
Stage 1: Kapellen – Reims
The first takes us through the area where the Van der Poel family trains. From Kapellen we set course for France, but not before tackling the iconic “Wall of Geraardsbergen/Grammont”. After we cross the border and complete our first 300km, the stage wraps up in Reims – capital of the Champagne region.
Stage 2: Reims – Orléans
After enjoying a tourist-like trail through the vineyards of the Champagne region, we head towards Orléans, one of France’s oldest cities. Stage 2 features lightly accentuated roads through authentic French villages and dense forests, such as the Forêt de Villefermoy.
Stage 3: Orleáns – Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat
The home stretch is often the hardest part, and that’s certainly true for the last stage in Chasin’ the Sunset. After we leave Orleáns to ride towards the finish line in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, we rarely ride on flat stretches, and after 300 kilometer and plenty of altimeters glory awaits in Poulidor’s home town.