The World Cup is therefore presenting a first this season. On December 11, Ireland will welcome the circus for the 9th of a total of 14 matches.
Dublin sees the light of day, but there are still bills “due to unforeseen circumstances”. Maasmechelen replaces Rucphen (Netherlands), Gavere takes the place of Dendermonde.
“We are very proud to welcome Dublin”, says Flanders Classics CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel. “We will race there in a thoroughly Irish landscape.”
“With Maasmechelen we add a Belgian round to look forward to. And on Boxing Day we cross in Gavere, making the World Cup a true classic richer.”
London was an option for a long time, but the collaboration is not yet underway. “Not only do we hope to make a long-term commitment in Dublin, but in the meantime we will continue to work on a partnership in London with a view to the 2023-24 season calendar,” said Van Den Spiegel.
The first moto of the new season will be held in Waterloo (USA) on October 9.
Dendermonde is the cross of Jurgen Mettepenningen, the foreman of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal. “After two corona editions without an audience, we are taking a sabbatical year,” he reports.
“Corona is still not completely gone. I do not want to run the financial risk of eventually having to organize without fans or with restrictions. That scenario could possibly mean the end of our organization.”