When food supplements were still made of royal jelly and helmets were made of sausages, when sunglasses were used to keep the dust out of your eyes and brake levers for braking … then the Tour of Flanders was already being ridden. Every year, during the Retro Tour of Flanders, Oudenaarde flashes the cycling enthusiasts back to those early pioneering times.
On Sunday 16 June 2019, the steel old-timer bikes and woollen jerseys will be given another airing for a tour of 40, 80 or 120 km through the historic landscape of Flanders at its most beautiful. Tasty and distinctive treats provide the necessary fuel along the way. Whether you get on your own steel horse or egg on the retro heroes from the side of the road, you won’t miss out on the racing ambiance of yesteryear.
Get your steel horse out of the stable, get that knitted jersey from the closet and join us on this cycling event!
Even non-cyclists can luxuriate in the good old days for a whole weekend this year with a lot of fringe activities.
Saturday 15 June
You can get warmed up at the cycling flea market (10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.) and a race on rollers (2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.) in the courtyard of the Abbey of Maagdendale.
At night (from 7.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.) you should bring your vintage outfits and dancing shoes, because Radio Modern is heading to Oudenaarde! Get those legs moving! See below for programme (box)
Sunday 16 June
Oudenaarde’s Market Square will be transformed into a vintage Walhalla, as it were, with various ‘retro’ activities, while the cobblestones and trees of the Abbey of Maagdendale will form the fleeting backdrop for a playful Tour of Flanders from time immemorial.
More information about the program? See below or click on this link!
Program on Saturday 15 June
Radio Modern on Saturday 15 June
Radio Modern has been theretro dance party in Flanders for 10 years now, with beautifully dressed women and rockers and especially with every inch of the dance floors taken.
An amazing live band, a jive and Lindy hop dance tutorial, swinging DJs, the Modernettes with their Beauty Boudoir and a vintage photo decor are the usual ingredients of a typical Radio Modern evening.
So, it’s back to the nifty fifties and swinging forties: Radio Modern represents a nostalgic trip for the young and not so young alike! You won’t want to miss that, will you?
Retro dress code? Not mandatory, but desired.
7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.: warm-up by DJ Baby Boy and taxi dancing by Jitt Nick
8.00 p.m. – 8.45 p.m.: dance initiation on a wooden dance floor: brief basic introduction to rock’n roll, swing or jive; even non-dancers will be able to follow – Jitt Nick
9.00 p.m. – 10.15 p.m.: Live band Rockin’ Em with rock ‘n roll blood, old microphones, quiffs and double basses will sweep you off your feet
10.15 p.m. – 1.00 a.m.: Baby Boy closes the evening with a danceable cocktail of the better classics from the 1940 to 1960 era
Also listed …
*7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.: Beauty Boudoir: three Modernettes, professional make-up artists, delightful in their uniforms, turn every lady under their care into a timeless diva with the right hairstyles and make-up. All in vintage style, of course!
*8.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.: Photocorner Tropicalwith a retro backdrop, perfect for shooting beautiful photos
*Even the accomplished bar regulars are well catered for, with a bar and food trucks on the square.
Location: Courtyard of the Abbey of Maagdendale
Timing: from 7.00 p.m.
Program on Sunday 16 June
Retro Program Markt on Sunday 16 June
After the Retro Riders’ group starts (120 km at 10.00 a.m. – 80 km at 10.30 a.m. – 40K at 11.00 a.m.), feel free to hang out on the Market Square for a bit longer. There’s something for everyone until 6.00 p.m.: a flea market, the carrousel for the young – and not so young -and folk games. You can even indulge in a game of petanque, which, of course, comes with a delicious Pernod Ricard (on the rocks or straight).
Around noon, all Retro Riders will pass the Market Square and a few beautiful old-timers will put in an appearance … In the afternoon, ‘The Entertainers’ will – wat else – entertain the crowd with their music.
From 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., ‘The Ladies of the Sixties’, all in dazzling outfits, will lay on a swinging performance. They will sing the greatest hits of the most iconic singers from the 60s, including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick, accompanied by a 6-piece live band.