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Author: Filip Walenta

Sportwereld, the Tour of Flanders and Karel Van Wijnendaele (Part 1) 1882-1914

In the beginning The Wijnendale Castle, where the Counts of Flanders used to live in the middle ages. Carolus Ludovicus Steyaert was born 16 November 1882 in Torhout near Bruges, fifth in a family of fifteen children. His father Petrus Steyaert who owned a pub, De Hertog van Wellington (The Duke of Wellington), died in the summer of 1884 at the age of 38. A year later his mother, Ludovica Defever, remarried farmer Richard Defreyne and moved with her family to a house near to the castle of Wijnendale. Compulsory school attendance did not excist at that time, children...

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From sports journalist to war correspondent. Sports press during the German invasion in 1914.

Many aspects of the First World War have already been studied, especially the trench warfare and the heroic battles, like those of Ypres, Passendale and many others. And since its centenary in 2014 the Great War has been put in the spotlight more than ever before. But there is still a lot to discover about what happened behind the enemy lines, although thanks to the increasing interest a lot of information has already been revealed. In this article we enlighten the role that Sportwereld (Sports World), the leading Flemish sports newspaper at that time, played during the first months...

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Ghent Six Day Race – much older than was thought

It’s autumn, days are shortening very fast and the weather is becoming worse day by day. At this time of the year pro-cyclists are not only looking for mud and sand in the cycling-cross races that follow each other at a rapid pace, but also the dry and warmth of the tracks, where they train and compete against each other in the six day races and other events. Traditionally in Belgium cycling fans are nervously waiting for the track event of the year, the Ghent Six Days. The desolate velodrome ’t Kuipke is transformed into a cycling arena, which...

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