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Criss-crossing the VUB and ULB’s numerous auditoriums and on the lovely green of their campuses, Golazo Sports is organising a true cyclo-cross event on Sunday, 6 January. The Brussels Universities Cyclocross will be one of the DVV Trophy's races and will capitalise on the abundant number of slopes and grass strips on the VUB and ULB campuses. Come and support your favourite cyclo-cross racer or just get caught up in the magnificent show on campus. Members of the VUB receive a free ticket!

The Brussels Universities Cyclocross is part of the Brussels University Alliance project that encourages inter-university partnerships in a variety of different areas.  It’s also for this reason that we’d like to invite our VUB community to flock to the campus and liven up this singular event.

After all, the VUB has a long history of sports and elite sports and is a pioneer among universities in that it's the very first to draw up an elite sports policy for students. The VUB's efforts have paid off too as a result of heavy investments in the elite sporting facilities and support that we are currently able to make use of. And this extends far beyond just the Physical Activity and Physiotherapy Faculty: it ranges from sports economists to psychologists, who help improve mental resilience, and to engineers as well. All across the VUB you'll find collaboration on elite sports, elite sports policy, peak performance and first-rate equipment: all to guarantee the ultimate in performance. For example, that’s why the Olympic TeamNL partners with VUB sports psychologist, Paul Wylleman.

In case you have any questions regarding this activity, please contact us by mail. Be aware that due to the holidays, we won't answer your mails in between December 22nd and January 2nd.

The Brussels Universities Cyclocross is the penultimate race of the DVV Trophy consistent performance criterion ranking and will be ridden on Sunday, 5 January 2020.

Below we mention all practical information for VUB visitors at the Brussels Universities Cyclocross. Are you a participant? Please contact organiser Golazo Sports. 

Where:

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

When:

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Parcours:

Discover the trail of the first edition on Sunday 6 January 2019 below. The route of the 2020 edition will be online as soon as it is available. In any case, the main lines of the course remain the same. Some limited adjustments are expected compared to the previous edition.

Programme:

The timetable may be subject to changes. 

  • 11:00 a.m. - Junior
  • 12 p.m. - Men’s Pledge u23
  • 1:45 p.m. - Elite Women
  • 3 p.m. - Elite Men

Entrances open starting at 9:30 a.m. Doors close at 7 p.m.

Get your free VUB tickets

For the occasion Golazo Sports en DVV verzekeringen offer all VUB staff, students and alumni a free ticket for the event. Please note:

  • All students and staff need to show their VUB student or staff card in exchange for a ticket. 
  • Alumni need to show their alumni card. Request it in time here!
  • Free tickets can be collected on 6 January, only at the VUB desk in the U-residence in between 11:00am and 3:30pm.
  • Free tickets are only available for VUB members. Friends and family can buy their ticket at one of entrance points at the Brussels Universities Cyclocross or online. Recommended) ticket price €11/12, may be subject to change).

The first 1.000 visitors receive a unique VUB gadget when collecting the ticket.

Price:

Last year, a ticket for the Brussels Universites Cyclocross costed 11 euros in presale or 12 euros at the entrance desk. If there would be a price change, this will certainly be reported in time! VVK tickets can be purchased via the website www.universitiescyclocross.brussels from the end of November.

VUB reception desk:

Do you belong to the VUB or are you VUB alumni and want to attend the race? Don't forget to pick up your free ticket at the VUB reception desk in the U-residence building. We have a nice surprise in store for all visitors.

The first 1,000 VUB visitors who collect their ticket can also pick up a unique VUB gadget at this desk.   

Questions?

In case you have any more questions, please contact us by mail.

Be aware that due to the holidays, we won't answer your mails in between December 22nd and January 2nd.

It goes without saying that such a huge event also entails loads of preparation, which unfortunately also means some inevitable inconvenience. To ensure that everything is well-organised we've listed the scheduled preparations and their predicted effects below. This makes it possible for everyone to take the necessary measures in time to minimise any inconvenience experienced.

  • Construction starts on Thursday, 26/12/2019. Dismantlement will be finished on Friday, 10/1/2020 at the latest. During the entire construction and dismantlement period there will be more logistical activities on campus than usual. That's why above-ground parking is prohibited in several places. There is also a chance of (limited) noise pollution as a result of deliveries and construction/dismantlement of the course. These activities will mainly takes place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. On certain days there will be no activity, these will be announced here after confirmation. 
  • The most significant nuisance is expected on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January 2020. 
    During this period, the campus will largely be closed to motorised traffic and construction will be in full swing. Noise pollution is predicted, especially during the event itself on Sunday, 6 January.
  • On Sunday, 5 January, the day of the cyclo-cross itself, the spectator section of the event will not be accessible without a ticket. This also applies to those buildings within the spectator section. The Pleinlaan will be closed to all traffic, which is why tailback is expected. Noise pollution is more or less guaranteed in and around the entire spectator area on-campus. 

The dates below are based on the work of the previous edition, and are therefore subject to change. They do give an idea of what kind of interventions are to be expected and where. 

  • 17 - 18 - 19/12 and 24/12: Delivery of materials to the logistics zone of the rectorate building.
  • 26 to 27/12: Construction of the parcours and installation of the fences around the public area. Expected nuisance: Driving around forklift trucks, quads, GATOR vehicles; Construction of course by means of posts in the verges along Pleinlaan and at the border with ULB; Limited noise nuisance.
  • 28 up to and including 1 January: no build-up activities (subject to change).
  • 2 January to 4 January: Arrival of catering trucks, placement of camera positions for live broadcast; Driving forklifts, quads, GATOR vehicles; Limited noise pollution.
  • 5 January: day of the event. From 8 am music and live comments on the competition. Noise and traffic nuisance are to be foreseen. Avoid coming by car. Pleinlaan closed, public parking is provided in Ter Kamerenbos or at ULB Solbosch, with shuttle to the VUB campus (to be confirmed by the organizer). 
  • 6, 7, 8 January: Dismantlement - Driving around forklifts, quads, GATOR vehicles, limited noise pollution.

Prohibited aboveground parking zones as from 24/12 until 10/1 in red. Prohibited aboveground parking zones on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5/1 in purple. Please park your car underground.

Traffic, parking and access to the campus by car:

  • From Monday 23/12 to Friday 10/1:

Outdoor parking on the campus is prohibited except in the parking areas next to buildings L, K and Z. Park your car in the parking garages! Incorrectly parked cars will be towed away. On Sunday, 5 January, all outdoor parking is prohibited, and the majority of car parks will be dedicated to the smooth organisation of the race. More information below. 

  • On Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 January:

No entrance to or exit from the parking garages of the C, D, E, F, G and Q and the Braembuilding (building M, rectorate) will be possible on 5 and 6 January. We would like to kindly request that you remove your car from these garages no later than Friday, 3 January. Should your car remain in one of these underground car parks, it will have to remain on campus for the whole weekend. Parking is at your own risk and the car parks will be used to the advantage of organising the cyclo-cross event.

During the event, car park C+1 will not be included in the event planning. Should you wish to leave your car on the campus, please park it in car park C+1 (via building C’s rear access) by no later than Friday, 4 January. The entrance to the parking garage is at the centre of the event, and as a result entrance and exit will also not be possible here on 4 and 5 January.

Nevertheless, travelling to campus by car is not recommended. Please use public transport to ensure the least amount of inconvenience. 

If a parking spot on-campus during the weekend is absolutely necessary because of reasons related to work or study, please contact us via cyclocross@vub.be

  • On January 5:

Pleinlaan will be closed to all traffic and traffic disruption is expected around the campus. We strongly recommend not driving to the campus by car; please use public transport instead.  

The organisers of the cyclo-cross race have arranged for public parking. Please visit www.universitiescyclocross.brussels for more information.

Access to and parking on the campus will not possible, except for:

  • in the building L car park, subject to availability and on the presentation of a Sports Service parking card. This card may be requested at the Sports Service desk or by e-mail. 
  • in the building Xy car park, subject to availability
  • for employees taking part in the event based on an announcement at a later date.
  • subject to application made no later than 17 December 2019 for reasons related to work or studies. Contact the VUB project manager, reachable by e-mail

We strongly recommend not driving to the campus by car; please use public transport instead.  

Deliveries:

  • Deliveries to the campus on Sunday, 5 January are not possible.
  • Deliveries on Saturday, 4 January are strongly discouraged and will only be permitted due to matters of urgency stemming from departmental exigency. Contact the project manager to find an alternative solution where necessary.
  • For all other times, no or limited disruption to deliveries are predicted due to this event.

Access to the campus by foot:

Up to and including 4 January and as from 6 January, the entire campus will be accessible by foot and all buildings will be accessible (and open based on the current opening hours).

On 5 January, the spectator section of the event will only be accessible to spectators and collaborators to the event. This section will be cordoned off by temporary steel fencing. Access to the cyclocross area is by ticket only. Learn more about buying tickets, prices and the VUB free entrance using the "practical" tab and the "free tickets" tab.

Building access:

VUB buildings are open during the winter holidays and from 6 January onwards according to the current opening hours or holiday regulations.
On Sunday, 5 January, the buildings within the spectator section will not be accessible. The following buildings are included in this list:

  • Braembuilding (building M, rectorate)
  • Building R (restaurant, cafeteria, lounge)
  • Buildings B, C, D, E, F, G, Q

In exceptional cases, staff, students or suppliers may access the aforementioned buildings on Sunday, 6 January; this may include, for instance, in the context of their academic work.
This will only be permitted due to departmental exigency and must be requested in advance. Please contact the person responsible by email before Monday 16 December 2019.

Access to the student rooms:

  • On campus:

Student rooms on campus will remain accessible at all times.  During the construction and dismantling works, noise nuisance is unlikely. During the event on 5 January there may be limited noise pollution. 

Studying quietly is possible in the group study locations. On January 4th and 5th, alternative study spots are opened off-campus to provide sufficient quit spaces. 

  • U-residence:

U-residence rooms will remain accessible at all times via GĂ©neral Jacqueslaan. There is also a likelihood of noise pollution here in the run-up to the event and in particular on 4 and 5 January. 

Access to sports facilities:

The sports facilities remain accessible throughout the event’s construction, happening and dismantlement. We kindly request that you avoid coming by car.

The parking of building L/sport complex is within a controlled parking zone. A parking card "Sports Service" is necessary for acces by car via entrance 8 (Triomflaan side) on January 6th and can be requested via the Sports Service desk in building L and cyclocross@vub.be. Parking is possible as well on the "Jacht" parking, on a vacant lot next to Colruyt. A parking access badge can be requested at the Sports Service Desk in building L. 

Access to student association's rooms

On Sunday, 5 January, the buildings within the spectator section will not be accessible. 
The following buildings are included in this list:

  • Braembuilding (building M, rectorate)
  • Building R (restaurant, cafeteria, lounge)
  • Buildings B, C, D, E, F, G, Q

This means that on Sunday, 5 January, also facilities for student associations at these locations will be inaccessible without an entrance ticket to the cyclo-cross race. Please take this into account if you have activities planned for this day.

When people think about sports, often their thoughts immediately turn to physical performance and remain fixed there. However, sports covers so much more than that!

To perform over and above the rest, it's not just elite sports training in the field of sports that's required. Elite sports also requires policy makers, dieticians, psychologists, economists, engineers, lab technicians, etc. This subject is also the focus of study for several professors at the VUB. An overview has been provided below.

Sports Medicine

Sports cardiology and the treatment of repetitive strain injuries are two important but very different fields in sports medicine. Sports cardiology primarily involves detection of potential underlying heart conditions, which cause (or may cause) complaints during and after sports.

Sports and exercise are and remain incredibly healthy activities; however, they are occasionally accompanied by knee, shoulder, Achilles tendon, lower back pain, etc. This can often be attributed to repetitive, incorrect movements during exercise, which result in chronic, repetitive strain injuries.

Dr Frank Pauwels is a clinical staff member of the sports medicine department and works closely with the departments of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Management Centre for cardiovascular disorders and with the departments of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy with regard to chronic repetitive strain injuries.

Dr. Frank Pauwels         

Sportcardiologie

T: +32 2 477 60 09

E: frank.pauwels@uzbrussel.be

 

Luk Buyse                        

Sportgeneeskunde ,diabetes, Sport

T: +32 2 629 22 22

E: Luk.Buyse@vub.be

 

Guido Van Gent             

Sportarts, Voorbereiding marathon

T: 32 477 69 35 29

E: guido.van.gent@vub.be

 

 

Sportrecht

Johnny Maeschalck      

Sportrecht, doping, Contracten

Publicaties als “Sportrecht in Beweging”, “Sportcodex”, “Sportrechtspraak” en voor atleten: “Je rechten als sportbeoefenaar”

T: +32 2 629 27 28

E: Johnny.Maeschalck@vub.ac.be          

 

 

Kinesitherapie

Peter     Vaes                   

Spier- en gewrichtsaandoeningen, Revalidatiegeneeskunde, kinesitherapie, Kraken, Rug- en nekklachten, Chronische pijn

E: pvaes@vub.ac.be      

 

 

Sport - psychische beleving

Paul Wylleman              

Sportpsycholoog, Werkt oa voor Nederlands Olympisch Comité

M: +32 478 92 84 94

T: +31 6 1244 06 02

E: Paul.wylleman@vub.be

 

 

Sport - Fysieke beleving

Romain Meeusen          

Topsporttraining, uithoudingsvermogen

M: +32 476 40 31 17

T: +32 2 629 27 32

E: romain.meeusen@vub.be

 

 

Sport en Voeding

Peter Clarys                     

Voeding en topsport

M: +32 472 60 63 07

E: peter.clarys@vub.be

 

 

Topsport en maatschappij

Veerle De Bosscher       

Medaillespiegels, houding van bevolking tegenover topsport, sportmanagement, topsportstatuut

Sport and Society Research Group (SASO)

M: +32 486 52 60 60        

E: veerle.de.bosscher@vub.ac.be

 

Jens De Rycke                 

PhD Sport en ethiek – elitesporters als voorbeeldfunctie voor jongeren Maatschappij en sport

SASO, Sport and Society onderzoeksgroep aan de VUB

M : +32 479 51 51 43

E: jens.de.rycke@vub.be

 

Marc Theeboom            

Jeugd en sport, sportbeleid, maatschappij en sport

M: +32 477 26 18 84

E: marc.theebom@vub.be

 

 

Sport en economie

Bruno Heyndels

Micro-economie economische analyse van sport cultuur politiek

M: +32 478 25 62 81

E: bruno.heyndels@vub.be

 

Jos Verschueren             

Director Sport Management and Sport Business epartment of Movement and Founder of the Sport Management Knowledge Centre at the VUB and Founder of the International Football Business Institute (www.ifbi.brussels)

Sportmanagement

M: +32 477 39 12 32

E: jos.verschueren@vub.be

 

Marc Van den Bossche

Sportfilosoof, sportcultuur

T: +32 2 629 13 83

E: marc.van.den.bossche@vub.be

 

 

Sportmaterialen – fietssport

Iris De Graeve                 

Corrosie van materialen

T: +32-2-629 34 82

E: idgraeve@vub.be

 

Hubert Rahier

Non-traditional cements, Electrospun nanofibers, Hybrid materials, Production of nanoparticles, Self healing of polymers and concrete

T: +32 2 629 32 82

E: hrahier@vub.be  

 

Herman Terryn

Metalen, Corrosie, Chemische oppervlakte behandeling, zelfheldende materialen, asfalt, elektrochemie

T: +32 2 629 35 37

E: Herman.Terryn@vub.be

 

Danny Van Hemelrijck 

Mechanica van materialen-vloeistoffen-constructies, materiaalkunde, Spanningsanalyse

T:  +32 2 629 29 29

E: Danny.Van.Hemelrijck@vub.be

 

Jan Wastiels

Vubonite, Mechanica van materialen

T: +32-2-6292961

E: Jan.Wastiels@vub.be

Get your free ticket

For the occasion Golazo Sports en DVV verzekeringen offer all VUB staff, students and alumni a free ticket for the event. Please note:

  • All students and staff need to show their VUB student or staff card in exchange for a ticket. 
  • Alumni need to show their alumni card. Request it in time here!
  • Free tickets can be collected on 6 January, only at the VUB desk in the U-residence in between 11:00am and 3:30pm.
  • Free tickets are only available for VUB members. Friends and family can buy their ticket at one of entrance points at the Brussels Universities Cyclocross or online. Recommended) ticket price €11/12, may be subject to change).

 

The first 1.000 visitors receive a unique VUB gadget when collecting the ticket.

Where can you study quietly?

Because we expect noise pollution on campus during the weekend of the Brussels Universities Cyclocross, VUB will open an extra study space on the 4th and 5th of January. ‘Huis van het Hout’ will open its doors, offering about 500 study places during the weekend, within short walking distance of Etterbeek campus. Last year there were still some issues with the wifi, this year we ensure that these are off the track. On Sunday a breakfast will be offered to students in Huis van het Hout. 

Study spaces during the Cyclocross

  • Huis van het Hout
    • On 4 and 5 January 2019
    • From 9 am until 11 pm
    • Vrijwilligerslaan 2, Oudergem (close to the VUB rooms in the Schoofslaan)
       
  • Study guidance
    • On 4 January 2020
    • From 9 am until 11 pm
    • Building F on the campus
       
  • Central Library
    • On 4 January 2020
    • From 10 am until 4 pm
       
  • This list will be completed with all study rooms that will be open on Saturday 4 and/or Sunday 5 January 2020, as soon as the list is finalised!

For a complete overview of all study locations and opening hours, please visit www.student.vub.be in the course of November.