Or rather my hostel in a former nunnery that dates from the 13th Century in Ghent. Less than £100 for four nights seems very reasonable to me. Staying in Ghent will also give me a chance to perhaps visit a few places of significance to Tom Simpson, for whom the city was one of his European bases, which I have read about in discovering his story.
Now I just need to book my Eurostar, register for the event and work out how to get from Ghent to Ninove on the morning by train or other means. Then there’s just the small matter of getting fit enough in 3 months for a tough 140km ride. At least I’ve started earlier this year than last with at least two 120km rides under my belt already.