Professional cyclist Jenthe Biermans from Geel is organizing a gravel tour in memory of his father-in-law Marc Grosemans on Saturday 19 November in Kerniel (Borgloon) in Limburg. Numerous professionals will also be present at this event.
“Earlier this year, my father-in-law died as a result of cancer,” Biermans explains about his initiative. “With the family, we participate in the annual 1,000 kilometers of Kom Op Tegen Kanker. With this gravel tour we try to do something extra.” In any case, the concept is unique. “Everyone has the opportunity to choose their starting time. But you can also make the trip in the company of some pros. Between 8.30 am and 10 am, various groups leave in the company of a professional cyclist. With Dylan Teuns (laureate Walloon Arrow and winner of the first Alpine stage in the Tour in 2021, ed.) and Quinten Hermans (second in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, ed.) we have the commitment of two serious clappers. A total of ten professionals will participate, including Gelenaar Frederik Frison, Loic Vliegen, Thimo Kielich and Ben Hermans. Ex-pro Jelle Vanendert and the Limburg ultra-athlete Jean Biermans (no family, ed.) are part of the party. Let me make it clear that it is not a race. Safety comes first, along with charity. After 30 kilometers there is a supply and the two possible tours (40 km and 80 km) are split. In addition to the off-road part, pieces of asphalt are also provided to rejoin the group. There is also a breakdown service for the unlucky.”
The starting point of this ‘Ride with the Pro’s Against Cancer’ is Cafe Coureur, Oorsprongstraat 5 in Borgloon. “My friend Jona comes from Borgloon. The cafe has experience in organizing such trips. Our first edition is deliberately still small-scale. This way everyone can chat with the riders before and after the tour or have their picture taken. Only Quinten Hermans has to leave immediately after the tour in the direction of Merksplas for the cyclo-cross. There are currently about a hundred registrations. Registration costs 15 euros and can be done via the website of Cafe Coureur.” (lver)