2016 Tour of Flanders Weekend – Sold Out

2016 Tour of Flanders Weekend

Hosted by Eric de Clercq, a Belgian former professional cyclist with a passion for Spring in the north of Europe!

Featuring Tour of Flanders Cycle Sport Event and the Race

TRIP DETAILS: Sold Out
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Dates: 1st April to 4th April, 2016
Start-Finish: Zaventem Airport (Brussels) or Gent Railway Station
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$250.00
Deposit:
A$1000 

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Optional Extras:

Highlights:

  • 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 including the start in Brugge and VIP marquee with full catering on the Oude Kwaremont.
  • 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.

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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.

ITINERARY

Friday, 1st April: Arrival at Bikestyle Tours Spring Classics Trip

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Today we collect you from Zaventem airport in Brussels or Gent Railway Station and take you to 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 or Train Station 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.

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.

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!

Overnight: Gent
Meals: Dinner

Saturday, 2nd April: Tour of Flanders Cycle Sport

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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 2015 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!

Overnight: Gent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday, 3rd 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 2015 the Ronde will finish in Oudenaarde for the fourth 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. Last year Fabian Cancellara won his third ronde van Vlaanderen in the sprint.

We are assuming the race route will be similar to the 2015 event which will include a final section of 75 kilometers built around three loops on the Oude-Kwaremont and Patersberg 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!

Our Day:

We will first go to the start in Brugge where we have a VIP Breakfast and most importantly a VIP pass into the riders enclosure where we can see the riders signing on and getting ready. Once the race has started we will be on our way 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.

Overnight: Gent
Meals: Breakfast, VIP Lunch

Monday, 4th 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.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions
Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • 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 1st April and 4th April.
  • Accommodation in a 3 star apartment (Gent).
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 3 course evening meals on 2 nights.
  • VIP Lunch on Sunday.
  • VIP access to Tour of Flanders riders enclosure.
  • VIP access to Oude Kwaremont VIP Marquis with full catering, TV and great viewing.
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike.
  • Sightseeing as listed.
  • Maps and Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
  • Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey & Bibs

Not Included:

  • Entry to Tour of Flanders event.

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Tick the box to accept the Bikestyle Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If renting a bicycle you also agree to our Bicycle rental Conditions
  • By paying a deposit you are deemed to have accepted our Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If you have any further enquiries please email us at tours@bikestyletours.com.
  • Don't forget it is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.Purchase your International Travel Insurance here.
  • * We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.

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