We also pass hundreds, thousands maybe, of sportive riders. The day before most European races, the course is open to an organized version of the public called a Sportive. They ride the Oude Kwaremont and ride/walk the Koppenberg; a cobbled goat path. The more serious, those with an interest in speed and it’s pursuit, take note of the course’s overall distance, it’s myriad surfaces, especially the cobble sections.