BeMC 2016 – race briefing

In just 5 days, the fifth edition of the Belgian Mountainbike Challenge will start in La Roche-en-Ardenne. Below you can find some useful information regarding the race.

You can pick up your starting package at Hotel Floreal (Avenue de Villez 6, La Roche-en-Ardenne) on Thursday 12 May between 19h and 21h and on Friday between 10h en 11h30.

You can find the starting list here.

There are several different lines. Please pick the right one. All licensed riders must show their license at registration. If you entered in the wrong category, you can change this after paying a administrative cost of 10 €.

Starting procedure and course information

Attention: the start of stage one will take place in the centre of La Roche-en-Ardenne (in front of the tourist office) at 12h. There are signs from the hotel to the start (about 1 km). Please be there on time. The boxes open 20 minutes before start.

The startboxes are organized as follows:

Startbox 1 (yellow number bord): Elite men (numbers 1 to 99) and Elite women (numbers 101 to 199)
Startbox 2 (black number bord): Masters 1 (= all license holders < 40): numbers 201 to 299 Startbox 3 (red number bord): Masters 2 (= all license holders > 40): numbers 301 to 399
Startbox 4 (blue number bord): FUN Men and Women: numbers 401 to 899

We would like to remind you that XCS races, such as the BeMC, are ranked as XCO bij the UCI. Only national champions XCO may wear their jersey.

All information on the stages and the exact location of the tech/feedstations can be found on You will also find this information in the roadbook that you will find in your starting package. The gps-files will be send to all particpants by e-mail. We would also like to remind you that riding on trails is not allowed in Wallonia without proper authorization. Please do not ride the stages outside of the BeMC!

There is a parking for all participants in Rue du Lavoir, close to hotel Floreal (NO camping allowed).

Practical information

Bike7 will be present with a professional bike-wash. It is located near the finish.

Specialized will be the official and exclusive Tech Partner for this year’s BeMC. Small repairs will be offered to all participants, while bigger repairs and spare parts are offered at cost. Participants are advised to bring special parts, such as derailleur hangers, spokes and brake pads, themselves. Specialized will be present both on the road in the tech and feed station and at the start and finish.

Compex will be present every day with free electro-massage. You can also get a real sport massage from Sportservice Linssen or Kat’s Sport Relaxation against a small fee.

There is a bike park at the hotel. Every participant can park his bike here. The room is guarded during the night (between 22h and 8h). To safely park your bike here during the day, please bring a lock.

Sportograf will again be taking beautiful pictures of all participants during the three days. You can find these after the race via this link.

Good luck and see you on Friday!

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