Featuring Tour of Flanders Cycle Sport Event and the Race
TRIP DETAILS: Bookings Closed
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Dates: 31st March to 3rd April, 2017
Start-Finish: Zaventem Airport (Brussels)
Accommodation: 3 nights Gent in a 3 star Apartment
Group Size: Maximum 15 people (3 Staff)
Cost: AUD$2950.00 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 must make the pilgrimage to the Ronde once in your life!
- There’s also 2 days of cycling including the bone jarring but must do, Tour of Flanders Cycle Sport event. (Entry not included)
- VIP Access to the Tour of Flanders
- 3 days in Beautiful Gent
This Weekend 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 31st March: Arrival at Bikestyle Tours Spring Classics Trip
We start today with our staff meeting you at Zaventem airport in Brussels at 11.30 am and transferring you to our first hotel in beautiful, lively Gent, our base for the next 3 nights where you can unpack and settle in.
There will be someone to meet you at the Airport and assist you to our vehicle. After we collect everyone we will be on our way to Gent and our self contained apartment-hotel in the centre of town.
Unlike the typical hotel it offers comfortable, furnished apartments with full hotel service. These apartments consist of a living-room with sitting-area, dining table and office-desk, a kitchenette with a refrigerator, two hot plates and all the necessary kitchen utensils, a separate bedroom and a bathroom. Wireless broadband internet is available in all apartments.
Centrally located in Gent, it is ideal for visiting the historic city or to the other neighbouring Flemish Cities of Art (Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels are each within 30 minutes).
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
Tonight a Welcome Dinner is provided at the Hotel Restaurant and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and meet the staff and of course the people who you will be spending your holiday with and maybe a Belgian beer or two!
Saturday 1st April: Tour of Flanders Cycle Sport
Each year there is a special event for cycle tourists on the day before the real boys come out to play. There are 3 rides, one covering the whole course, one covering the last 127km and finally a shorter 71km ride. About 16,000 riders do this great event and you will have the opportunity to do either the 127km or the 71km event. (Event distances TBC)
Our great location in Gent will be to our advantage this morning as the hotel prepares an early breakfast and we go to the start.
The 127km is the pick of the events as it gives you a true feel of the race as it traditionally goes over all the final (13 or so) climbs including the famous Molenberg, Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg, Berendries, Valkenberg, Paterberg. It’s a great but hard day out and the growing popularity of the event now means that almost 16,000 people participate. You would think it might be chaotic and on the climbs it can be a little but all in all the day goes quite well considering the numbers.
The Tour of Flanders for Cyclists is the second event on the Golden Bike calendar, an initiative of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) (International Cyclist Union) to promote bike races worldwide. The Tour of Flanders (race) is without a doubt one of the biggest sporting events in Belgium.
Today we will have the chance to get a sneak preview of the atmosphere at this biking event. Hopefully it’s a nice day! Fingers crossed. Note: Entry is not included in trip price. Cost in 2016 was approximately $40.00. Don’t forget to pack all the appropriate gear as it will be cold and could be wet.
After the event we will gather everyone and head back to Gent for a well deserved shower and maybe some frites and mayo with a Belgian beer to wash it down along the way!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday 2nd April: Tour of Flanders
I don’t think there is anything quite like seeing a big Classic race live. The crowds are getting bigger every year. All of Flanders comes out to celebrate as if it is their National Day. To me this is the real heart of cycling. If you are a cyclist you have to see this race once in your life.
The Tour of Flanders is a living monument to cycling thanks to its past winners and demanding parcours. Hard men shine through this race typically hit with snow, wind and/or rain… Men like Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Tom Boonen and Johan Museeuw.
In 2017 the Ronde will finish in Oudenaarde for the fifth time after Tom Boonen won the first part of his famous double (Flanders and Paris Roubaix) in 2012 and who can forget how Fabian Cancellara smashed the opposition on his way to the same double in 2013. In 2016, Peter Sagan at the last climb up the Paterberg leaves his breakaway companion Sep Vanmarcke and solos the last 13.2 kilometres powering to an impressive win. Cancellara is second, Vanmarcke third.
We are assuming the race route will be similar to the 2016 event which will include a final section of 75 kilometres built around three loops on the Oude-Kwaremont and Paterberg in combination with the Koppenberg and Kruisberg.
This loop is concentrated around four crucial hills in the Flemish Ardennes, all within a stone’s throw of each other. The ultimate final, being ten climbs and two cobbled sections followed by a straight line to the finish in Oudenaarde, will see only the strongest survive to battle out the finish.
Hundreds of thousands of cycling fans make the Tour of Flanders what it is today so the atmosphere on this final circuit will be amazing!
Race officials have change the start location from Brugge to Antwerp so our day will start by heading to the Oude Kwaremont and our VIP area to see firstly the womens race pass and then the final 3 circuits of the mens race, culminating in the finish at Oudenaarde.
Our VIP area is provided by the organisation of the race and will have all the ingredients for a fantastic Belgian atmosphere: The Ronde live in front of you on the Oude Kwaremont, beer, frites, lots of proud Belgians and a TV!
After seeing the finish we will return to Gent for an evening free in the town. Our hotel is situated in the centre of Gent so the restaurants are only a short walk away.
Brief History of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen
The Ronde is one of the most prestigious of the Spring Classics, or of any cycle race. It’s an endurance race in the true sense. 270 kms with more than a dozen climbs it varies year to year. There are no Alpine or Pyrenean mountains, but most of the climbs are narrow and steep, and several are cobbled. Although they are tough in their own right, they also raise the tempo in between since everybody wants to be in a good position when they start.
Meals: Breakfast, VIP Lunch
Monday, 3rd April: 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 to/from Zaventem Airport or Gent Train Station on the 31st March and 3rd April.
- Accommodation in a 3 star apartment (Gent).
- Buffet breakfast daily.
- 3 course evening meals on 2 nights.
- VIP access to Tour of Flanders riders enclosure.
- Mechanical assistance with your bike.
- Sightseeing as listed.
- Maps and Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
- Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey & Bibs
- Entry to Tour of Flanders event.
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