Featuring the Paris Roubaix Cyclo Sportif inc. the Arenberg Forest and the Roubaix Velodrome and the Hell of the North, Paris Roubaix
TRIP DETAILS: Bookings Closed
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Dates: 7th April to 10th April, 2017
Start-Finish: Lille TGV Station (collection only) and/or Zaventem Airport
Accommodation: 2 nights Ieper, 1 night Brussels
Group Size: Maximum 15 people (3 Staff)
Cost: AUD$2300.00 per person twin share.
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$270.00
- Bike Rental A$198.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
- Pre or post tour accommodation to extend your stay
- Travel Insurance – Email us for details
- If you are a true Cycling Enthusiast then you make the pilgrimage once in your life!
- This trip will show you around all the famous sights of Northern France, immerse you in its culture and take you along its famous roads. You will see Paris Roubaix.
- There’s also 2 days of cycling including the bone jarring but must do, the new Paris Roubaix Cyclo Sportif including the Arenberg Forest and the Roubaix Velodrome. (Entry not included)
- 2 nights in beautiful Ieper in the centre of the Flanders Battlefields.
- Included will be a visit to Brugge and the last post at the Menin Gates.
This Trip will be Escorted by Ex Pro, Eric de Clercq
Eric is a native Belgian whose career spanned 11 years from 1991 to 2002, in which he had 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium having raced the big Classics such as Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. Eric rode for La William-Duvel from 1991-1993, and Collstrop from 1994-2002.
After he retired from racing, Eric became a Director Sportif from 2004-2007 for the Vlaanderen Women’s Pro Team. It was here that Eric learnt the organisational skills that make him such an asset to Bikestyle Tours.
Eric has been with Bikestyle Tours for several years and has run trips to the Spring Classics, Giro d’Italia, La Vuelta a Espana and le Tour de France. Speaking three languages, you will find Eric to be a very capable guide and good guy to socialise with after a ride.
Friday, 7th April: Bonjour
Today we collect you from Zaventem airport in Brussels or Lille TGV Station and take you to our home for the next 2 nights in Ieper or Ypres as it is also known. Lille is a short one hour from Paris or Charles de Gaulle airport. We recommend a mid morning arrival.
Like no other European city, Ieper will give you the opportunity to fully experience what the Great War was really like. No other city has such interesting medieval story to tell and no other city has combined its past elements better into a modern place bubbling with enthusiasm for the future. Dive into Ieper’s medieval past in the town centre and pay a visit to the Cloth Hall on one of the most beautiful market squares of Belgium or go for a walk around the 17th Century Vauban ramparts. The very beautiful and grand Main Square is full of life with restaurants and cafes flanked by the museum and town hall on one side.
The first job will be to assemble your bike and Bikestyle staff will be on hand if you have mechanical problems or need any other assistance. The rest of the day is yours.
Depending on your arrival time there should be time for a shakedown ride. It will be possible to do a ride for those who have come in the morning.
To complete your day we will visit the Menin Gate to watch the last post.
Every evening (at 8 pm) since 1928, the Last Post has been sounded under the imposing memorial arches of the Menin Gate. The Last Post is the traditional salute to the fallen and is played in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the then British Empire, who fought and died in the ‘Immortal Ypres Salient’ between 1914 and 1918.
Overnight: Ieper (Ypres)
Saturday, 8th April: Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif
Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif gives every cyclist the opportunity to experience the magic of Paris-Roubaix! Just a day before the real Paris-Roubaix, the Paris-Roubaix Challenge is conducted under the same conditions with the same cobblestones and the finish on the Vélodrome… Does it get any better? Trouée d’Arenberg, Carrefour de l’Arbre, Roubaix velodrome.
The Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif offers a ride to the heart of the legendary history of cycling. We will offer 2 distances 145km and 70km (TBC), regardless of what route you choose, you will finish on the track of the fabled Roubaix Velodrome. There will be refreshments and you can take a shower in the very same place where the winners of the pro race (from Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault to Tom Boonen) wrote some of the most beautiful chapters in their careers.
We will have an early breakfast and head down to Roubaix around 7.00am to the start and all going well we will be on the bike by 8.00am. You can start any time you like before 10.00am and sometimes it’s good to start a bit later to avoid the rush at the start.
This concept is unique and an exceptional challenge. It won’t be easy but if you take it steadily and stay safe you’ll see the velodrome soon enough. Note: Entry is not included in trip price. Cost in 2016 was approximately $40.00.
Overnight: Ieper (Ypres)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday 9th April: Paris Roubaix
This morning we will head off to Paris Roubaix, the Hell of the North or l’enfer du nord as the French say.
There is no other race in the world like the Paris-Roubaix. The French race is known for its torturous pavé sectors and the many stories of pain and destruction that they hold.
Our own Stuart O’Grady has won this icon and dreams of riders like George Hincapie and Johan Museeuw have ended in tears along the roadside, but the risks make the victory in velodrome that much sweeter. After 260 kilometres and around 50 of pavé, the race ends with one and a half laps on Roubaix’s outdoor track.
Win in Roubaix, the third of cycling’s five Monuments, and you are considered a god. Riders like Roger De Vlaeminck, Fausto Coppi, Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Sean Kelly and Tom Boonen have tamed Paris-Roubaix’s pavé for the well-earned status.
After a hard day on the bike yesterday we take it easy this morning. We already have seen two starts this week, Flanders and the Scheldeprijs. After breakfast were going to the first cobblestone section of the day. Through the afternoon we will visit several sections of pavé along the route where we’ll see up close the difficult conditions that take their toll on the riders as the day wears on.
Then our chase begins and goes something like this:
Final times to be confirmed when race schedule is released.
We will head straight to the cobble stone area at Inchy where will see the race pass over a long and difficult section of pavé (cobble stones), as well as enjoy our picnic lunch.
13h25 : First cobble stone area at Inchy, Length of pavé : 1800 m
14h40 : Haveluy, Length of pavé : 2500 m
15h45 : Orchies, Length of pavé : 1700 m From Orchies will then head to the Roubaix velodrome to await the arrival of the 2015 winner.
17h30 : Velodrome
18h30 : After we have visited the finish area your day at Paris-Roubaix comes to an end. In between the different stops we will follow the race on TV in our vehicles and we will provide a picnic lunch with drinks and snacks during the day.
After the race we will continue to our hotel in near Zaventem in preparation for our departure tomorrow. Tonight we’ll have a farewell dinner where it all began 10 days ago!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Monday: A Bientot
Trip ends and we head our separate ways but we hope to see you again soon. We will have a bus available to shuttle people to the airport during the day.
- All Transport.
- Services of experienced Tour Guides, including former Belgian pro cyclist, Eric de Clercq.
- Return transfers from Zaventem Airport on the 7th April and 10th April.
- Accommodation in a quality 3 star Hotel (Ieper) and 4 star hotel in Zaventem.
- Buffet breakfast daily.
- 3 course evening meals on 3 nights.
- Mechanical assistance with your bike.
- Sightseeing as listed.
- Maps and Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
- Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey and bibs.
- Entry to Paris Roubaix Cyclosportif event.