We want to give you a closer view of a kermesse race in Belgium. This was Harriet Owen’s file, from her 38th place in Zwevezele.
Harriet summed up her race as follows:
It was 97.5km, over 15 laps which is fairly typical for a Belgian race, and a good mix of UCI teams and club teams. Kermesse races are run around towns in Belgium, giving fans a lot of chances to see the riders as they pass through. Normally they are linked to the fun fair (Which is a Kermesse) coming to town.
They’re not often hilly, but can be rolling in flanders, and the wind can make them tough. 367m of climbing over the 97km race here in Zwevezele. If you want to find kermesse races check out the Wielerbond Vlaanderen calendar here (For women’s road events choose Discipline “Weg” and Categorie “Elite Vrowen”). If you want some hilly events in Belgium try the Wallonie Federation via this link.
So a look at the numbers:
Average Speed 39kmph
Average Power (Strava) 276w
Energy Used 2475j
A closer look at the numbers here:
Top speed 70.2
Max Power 1235w
Max Heart Rate 185
Average Heart Rate 171
Taking it closer again, you see the file for just one lap here (Lap 2). As well as being relatively fast, with speeds comparable to the UCI race, Kermesse races are a great opportunity to take a step up into bigger pelotons, and get used to the team tactics played out by the bigger teams.
1 – Lotte KOPECKY
2 – Lensy DEBBOUDT
3 – Laura VIANIONPAA
38 – Harriet Owen