2019 Ardennes Classics 11 Day Trip

Watch the biggest one-day races on the UCI World Tour calendar

Experience “the Ardennes Classics” by riding the Ardennes Classics Sportifs and watching Amstel Gold, Flêche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège

TRIP DETAILS:
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
Dates: 
Friday 19 April to Monday 29 April, 2019
Start-Finish:
Zaventem Airport (Brussels)
Accommodation:
9 nights Tongeren, 1 night Brussels
Group Size:
Maximum 7 people (2 Staff)
Trip Cost:
A$5870.00 per person twin share.
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$790.00

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If traveling 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.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ride the Tour of Amstel Gold Cycle Sport event and the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Cycle Sport event.
  • See some of the greatest races in the world and a semi-classic: Amstel Gold, Flêche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège
  • Ride the famous roads of the Belgian Ardennes with Eric de Clercq, an ex Belgian Pro
  • Visit the Ridley High tech windtunnel
  • Experience Belgian Hospitality
  • Immerse yourself in a true Cycling Culture

Our Trips are Guaranteed Departures

Guaranteed departures gives you peace of mind that once you’ve booked your trip – you’re going! We do not cancel trips due to insufficient numbers leaving you stranded.

Our customers come from all over the world, so no matter where you live we can help you with your cycling holiday.

Each year Bikestyle Tours hosts several multi-day Ardennes Classics trips, escorted by a former profession and (still a) hard-man of Belgium cycling Eric de Clercq. Bikestyle Tours secure our guests entry into the cyclo-sportifs that give participants the opportunity to ride the same (brutal) roads as the professionals.

Book now to secure your place at the Ardennes Classics in 2019.

I'M A NON RIDER, ARE THERE SPECTATOR TRIPS?

Spectactors welcome

Our Ardennes Classic is suitable for non-riding partners.  Our staff will take you to several strategic locations to watch riders during each of the Ardennes Classics.

Watch the drama of Fleche Wallonne and Liege – Bastogne – Liege

WINNERS CIRCLE

FLÊCHE WALLONNE
2018 WINNER
Julain Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

LIÈGE – BASTOGNE – LIÈGE
2018 WINNER

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

I'M A CYCLIST, SO HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

Ride regularly

Our cycling trips cater for different riding abilities. We expect that guests have trained to prepare for their riding holiday.

Our rides involve riding in a group at average speeds of more than 25km/hr (20miles/hr) on the flat. Competent bike handling skills are necessary for cobbles.

This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, 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 cycling 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 of course, 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

Day 1 Arrival at Bikestyle Tours Ardennes Classic Trip – Friday 19th April

Today we will collect you from Zaventem airport in Brussels at 10.30am and take you to the oldest city of Belgium, Tongeren, our base for the next 6 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 our hotel in Tongeren.

Tongeren is a city located in the Belgian province of Limburg, in the southeastern corner of the Flemish region of Belgium. Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium, as the only Roman administrative capital within the country’s borders. As a Roman city, it was inhabited by the Tungri, and known as Atuatuca Tungrorum, it was the administrative centre of the Civitas Tungrorum district. The city is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.

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 for a warm up ride.

Tonight a Welcome Dinner is provided 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!

Giro d’Italia bike tours 2018

Meals
Dinner

Overnight
Tongeren

Warm up ride

Day 2 Amstel Gold Cycle Sportif – Saturday 20th April

Today we will travel over the border to Holland for your own Amstel Gold Race. You will experience what it feels like to grovel over these steep climbs. If you think Holland is flat, think again. Over here in the Limburg, it is not flat! It’s a great day out and one of the most popular events on the cyclosportif calendar.

This is a mass participation event and always sells out within days of registrations opening. We have a limited number of places available for this event, especially for our clients.

You have a choice of 3 distances (60km, 100km, 125km).TBC

  • 7 – 11 AM: Start 125 km tour
  • 7 – 11 AM: Start 100 km tour
  • 7 – 11 AM:  Start 60 km tour

We will do our best to be at the finish line to meet you but as you will see it is quite chaotic so please make a note of where the van is parked in case we miss you at the finish.

You’ll ride through some of Netherlands most beautiful scenic areas.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 3 Amstel Gold – Sunday 21st April

Today we will do the Amstel Gold Race again but this time as a spectator. Over the years we have organised trips for spectators during the Spring Classics and The Amstel Gold Race is our favourite. The beautiful area with a mixture of tough climbs and small roads in such a small area makes this race special.

You will experience the Amstel Gold Race with:

  • Access to the Amstel Gold Race VIP-pavilion located directly near the finish line
  • Culinary programme for VIP-guests
  • Watch the male and female finish line passages, and attend the award ceremonies
  • Attend the first interview with both winners within the VIP-pavilion
  • Meet former winners of the Amstel Gold Race

The Netherlands is known for its flat country, where cyclists have all the rights on the road. Although this part of the “Low Countries” has numerous hills. Maasberg, Adsteeg, Camerig, Gulperberg, Keutenberg, and Cauberg are only some of them and these names will mean nothing to you until you meet them on your ride.

The race route for 2019 is still to be confirmed, however based on 2018 we expect the route to include:

The 31 hills are:

1:Maasberg, 
2:Adsteeg
, 3: Lange Raarberg, 
4: Bergseweg, 
5: Sibbergrubbe, 
6: Cauberg, 
7: Wolfsberg, 
8: Loorberg, 
9: Schweiberg, 10: Camerig, 
11: Drielandenpunt
,12: Gemmenicherweg , 
13: Vijlenerbos
, 14: Eperheide
, 15: Gulperberg
, 16: Plettenberg, 
17: Eyserweg, 
18: Huls, 
19: Vrakelberg
, 20: Sibbergrubbe (2e maal)
, 21: Cauberg (2e maal)
, 22: Geulhemmerberg
23: Bemelerberg
, 24: Wolfsberg (2e maal), 
25: Loorberg (2e maal)
, 26: Gulperberg (2e maal), 
27: Kruisberg
, 28: Eyserbosweg
29: Fromberg
, 30: Keutenberg
, 31: Cauberg

Meals
Breakfast, VIP Lunch

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

N/A

Harder Ride Option

N/A

Day 4 Amstel Gold without the crowds – Monday 22nd April

Today we go back to the Netherlands to ride a part of the Amstel without the other 16,000 cyclists. We will start and finish our ride in Valkenburg. After our ride, we can have some lunch in one of the many restaurants in Valkenburg.

In the afternoon you can explore Tongeren or make a trip to the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery. Here on a bluff overlooking the Belgian countryside, 7,989 of American World War II dead are buried. Most of them were killed during the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944 and during the advance into Germany in 1945. Like all American military cemeteries in Europe, Henri-Chapelle is both beautiful and sombre, with its sweeping rows of white crosses honoring those who gave their lives for their country. This afternoon you can explore historic Tongeren.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 5 Flèche Wallonne Ride – Tuesday 23rd April

Today we’ll ride the final 65km or 100KM of the Fleche Wallonne.

The Flêche Wallonne is the little brother of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and The Amstel Gold Race, but the race and the area are just as fascinating. We will ride the final circuit of the race, which means that we start in Huy at the feed-zone. This 100km trip offers 7 hills and ends at the Mur of Huy (9,3 to 17 %).

Our support-van & driver will be there when we need him. You can ride your own tempo knowing that alongside the road you’ll get provided with soft-drinks and bars.
You’ll be the hero when you reach the top of the Mur without getting off the bike.

After our ride and lunch, we stay in Huy to see the women’s team presentation. The Flêche Wallonne for women is one of the hardest women’s world cup races on the calendar. The final is the same lap as the male pro’s!

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 6 Flèche Wallonne Race – Wednesday 24th April

The first of two Belgian Ardennes classics, La Flèche Wallonne (the Walloon Arrow) is held mid-week between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. At one time, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège were run on successive days as “Le Weekend Ardennais”. The list of winners over the years include such legends as Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Francesco Moser and in 2010 Cadel Evans, the reigning world champion at the time.
La Flèche Wallonne was created to boost the sales of a newspaper Les Sports during the 1930s and was first run in 1936. While perhaps not as revered as one of the Classic ‘Monuments’, the race is widely regarded as a Classic and became part of the UCI World Ranking calendar in 2009.

Like many cycle race events, the course has altered considerably over the years, both in route and length. The event was first run on roads from Tournai to Liège (growing from 236 km to 300 km – its longest ever distance – in 1938).

The riders have to climb the steep Mur de Huy 3 times, with several sections greater than 17%. The finish is at the top of the Mur de Huy after the third ascent.

After seeing the men’s start last Sunday, we are going to see the women’s start. Women’s racing is still growing but you will notice the difference between the women’s and the men’s start. After the race start, we will have a picnic lunch where you can find a spot on the famous “Mur de Huy”. During the afternoon we will see the women’s race pass and their finish as well as the men’s race passing us twice before seeing the finish.

Meals
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

N/A

Harder Ride Option

N/A

Day 7 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ride – Thursday 25th April

Before the pros hit the circuit for Sundays Liège-Bastogne-Liège, we will attempt some of the climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Leaving our hotel by van to the medieval town of Durbuy where we will start our ride. Durbuy is one of the smallest towns in the world with a population of only 11.000 people. It will be up and down all day on the quiet countryside roads. At the end of our ride we will have tackle the famous climbs of Liege-Bastogne- Liege, Côte du Stockeu with the Eddy Merckx statue on top of the climb and Côte de la Haute Levée.

The professionals are not the only ones who think La Doyenne is the ultimate cycling classic and a challenging experience. Cyclists will be nervous for the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge too.

You are sure to have a great day out on the bike and have a new found respect for the professionals who will have their turn to tackle the race on Sunday at full speed. After the ride, we will return to Tongeren.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 8 Flanders Bike Valley – Friday 26th April

Tomorrow’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege Sportif will be a tough day on the bike so we offer an easy ride today to keep the legs fresh for tomorrow.

We also visit the Flanders Bike Valley Ridley wind tunnel near Beringen.

The Flanders’ Bike Valley wind tunnel is a special, independent, low-speed wind tunnel specifically developed for the bicycle industry and cyclists. The test results will contribute to optimum aerodynamics in the end products: bicycles, clothing, helmets, etc. The attitude of the athlete on the bicycle can also be tested and improved. This is very important in the time trial discipline in the sports competitions. The wind tunnel is 50 m long and can generate wind speeds of 30 m/s (108 km/h).

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 9 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Sportif – Saturday 27th April

Today is our day to ride the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Challenge, the day before the race itself. We will offer 2 distances today 164km and 84km (TBC). Based on 2018 we expect the organisers will have official timing on slopes like the 
Côte de La Redoute: 2100m – 9,7%
Col du Maquisard: 3000m – 5,1%
Côte de St. Nicolas: 1000m – 7,6%

One day before the pros, the most audacious of cycling fans try the slopes of Liège-Bastogne-Liège themselves. More than 6,000 participants take part in the randonnée of the Ardennes classic.

The professionals are not the only ones who think La Doyenne, the ultimate cycling classic, is a nail-biting experience. Amateur cyclists are nervous for the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge too.
The ultimate challenge is to ride the entire course as the pros will do the day after. However, the routes of 160k and 80k will also leave you plenty of opportunities to get to know the famous climbs included La Redoute, Rosier ….
With 6,000 participants from 26 countries, the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge has carved out a substantial place among cyclosportives.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Tongeren

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 10 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Race – Sunday 28th April

Liège–Bastogne–Liège began in 1892 to publicise the newspaper L’Expresse. It is because the paper was published in French that the route stayed in the southern, French-speaking half of Belgium. Its equivalent in the Dutch-speaking north is the Tour of Flanders.

The first race was for amateurs, from Spa to Bastogne and back. It was won by Leon Houa, who also won the first race for professionals in 1894. Until 1991 the race finished in Liege city centre, with a flat run into the finish. From 1992 the finish moved to the suburb of Ans, on the northern side of the city. The Côte de Saint Nicolas was added to the final kilometres, along with a final climb to the finish in Ans.

The start of today’s race takes place in the centre of Liege. We will see the start of the race before heading off on our own little race. As we did during all the spring-classics, today we will test your orientation by crisscrossing through this beautiful part of Belgium to see the race. Our preparation of the route is well known by famous ex-cyclists and some of them even try to follow us. They often wonder, year after year, how we manage to reach all the spectacular places.

Shortly after the race, we will travel to our hotel in Brussels, about an hour’s drive away. Tonight is our final night together so we will celebrate with a farewell dinner to celebrate our time at the Spring Classics.

Meals
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

Overnight
Brussels

Easier Ride Option

N/A

Harder Ride Option

N/A

Day 11  A Bientot – Monday 29th April

Sadly our trip ends this morning after breakfast at our hotel. We hope you have enjoyed your week at the Ardennes Classics with us.

A free shuttle bus is available between our hotel and Brussels airport, so you can depart at your leisure at any time during the day. Please note that check out time from the hotel will be late morning. If you require a later checkout please ask at the hotel reception for details on availability.

Meals: Breakfast

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 from Zaventem Airport on the 13th April and 23rd April.
  • 9 Nights accommodation in Tongeren, 1 night accommodation in Brussels.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 3 course evening meals on 3 nights.
  • Lunch on 3 days.
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike.
  • Sightseeing as listed.
  • Ride files and Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
  • Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey & Bibs
  • Entry to Amstel Gold and Liège–Bastogne–Liège Sportifs

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2019 Ardennes Classics 11 Day Trip Deposit ($1000pp)
2019 Ardennes Classics 11 Day Bicycle Hire ($660.00)
2019 Ardennes Classics 11 Day Trip Single Supplement ($790.00)
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