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Liberation Ride Tielt

Liberation Bike Ride is a promotional event designed for amateurs of biking, families and fans of historical event, organised by the Polish Embassy in Brussels and the Polish Tourism Organisation. Different activities will take place during the day: cycling tours for professionals and families with children, animations in the “Polish Village”, music, Polish food and drinks!

The objective of the event is to highlight the role of Poland in the liberation of Flemish cities and villages from the German occupation by the Polish 1st Armoured Division commanded by General Maczek in September 1944. 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of these events as well as the centenary of diplomatic relations between Poland and Belgium.

This sporting event combined with important historical anniversaries will also be an occasion to promote Poland as a tourist destination and, in particular, its rich offer of bicycle tourism allowing the discovery of the natural assets of the Polish regions.

Experienced cyclists will be able to participate in the bike ride following General Maczek’s footsteps over two distances: 120 km and 80 km. Many prizes (trips to Poland – stays and flights included) will be drawn by lot among the participants.

Amateur cyclists and families with children are invited to two itineraries around Tielt (20 and 40 km). The participants will cross the parking spots where they can relax, discover a fascinating history about the liberation of Flanders by Polish soldiers and participate in a competition with many prizes, including a professional bicycle.

After finishing the sports activities, the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Polish Village. Here, one can taste specialties of the Polish food and drinks, listen to the musical group ‘DecoEnsemble’, watch the acrobatic bike show performed by Krystian Herba, Green Velo Trail’s Ambassador, the passage of an old aircraft by Luc Coussement, visit the “Armoured Wings” exhibition, which is about the 1st Polish Armoured Division of General Maczek, as well as discover the tourist attractions and cycling trails of many Polish regions, or participate in many workshops for children.

Practical Information:

– Starting point: Generaal Maczekplein 5, 8700 Tielt

– Registration for 120km or 80 km rides www.grinta.be (30 euro/pp)

– No previous registration needed for Family Rides. Start between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

– Access to the Polish Village and all activities are free of charge.

Liberation Ride Tielt

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