Paris Roubaix and Tour of Flanders Trip

Spring Classics Tour

Spring Classics Date March/April 2020

Ride two cycle sportives and see the classics Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders.
Experience the passion for Spring in the north of Europe. Hosted by a local former professional cyclist.
If you are a true Cycling Enthusiast then you have to see a Classic once in your life!

Spring Classics Trip Details

Highlights
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Ride the Tour of Flanders Cycle Sportive event and the Paris Roubaix Cycle Sportive event.
  • See two of the greatest races in the world and a semi-classic:
    • Tour of Flanders
    • Grote Scheldeprijs
    • Paris Roubaix
  • Ride the famous roads with Eric de Clercq, an ex Belgian Pro
  • Visit the Tour of Flanders Centre and Museum
  • Visit traditional Belgium Brewery
  • Experience Belgian Hospitality
  • Immerse yourself in a true Cycling Culture
  • Visit Flanders Fields and Ieper with the Menin Gate.
Details

Dates: April 2020
Start: Brussels, Belgium
Finish: Brussels, Belgium

Group Size: 15 guests – 3 staff
Price:
 TBD
Single Supplement: TBD

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.

Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.

Rides
RIDE RATINGS

Our trips allow you to choose a suitable ride each day. Alternative ride options are available on most days. We use a consistent ride rating to help you choose your ride. We rate each ride on various factors; distance, total climbing, intensity and altitude. The table below is a guide to our ride rating system.

Unfortunately, we can’t forecast the weather when designing our rides, but your trip leader will advise you on any precautions. 

DistanceSHORT: less than 30km
MEDIUM: between 30km and 80km (depending on the total climbing).
LONG: more than 80 km
AscentTotal climbing (ascending) for the day, anything over 2000m is a big day
IntensitySome rides may have time constraints. Our rides vary from EASY, MODERATE to HARD.
AltitudeSome of our rides may go into alpine areas where thinner air affects your intake of oxygen.
Suitability
Spectators and Off the Bike

Racing fans are always welcome!

Social Riding and Leisure

We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! We understand that you don't normally ride everyday at home. Our ride routes cherry-pick the best areas.

Some training will always enhance your experience!

Experienced Riders

Your cycling holiday is all actually about the bike! Our epic and challenge ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles.

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 5th April and 15th April.
  • Accommodation in a 3 star apartment (Gent), a quality 4 star Hotel (Ieper) and 4 star hotel in Zaventem.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 3 course evening meals on 5 nights.
  • Lunch on 2 days.
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike.
  • Sightseeing as listed.
  • Ride files and Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
  • Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey & Bibs
  • Entry to Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix Sportif
Bike Hire

Note: All bike hire costs include 2 water bottles for you to keep. We also provide a saddle bag with a spare tube, pump, tyre-levers and multi-tool. The pump and saddle bag with its contents must be returned with the hire bike at the end of hire.

AT A GLANCE

TWIN SHARE
  • 11 Days
  • 5 Dinners, 2 Lunches
  • Flanders and Roubaix
  • Luxury Transport
  • High Staff Ratio
  • Intermediate to Experienced
  • 3 & 4 Star Hotels

When is Paris-Roubaix?

Paris-Roubaix is raced during Spring in Northern France. The route is about 250km in length and starts from Compiègne to a finish on the Roubaix velodrome. But, in getting there cyclists have to navigate more than 20 sectors of cobbles. They are normally slippery, either as it is dusty or they are wet. Surviving each sector requires riding near the front.

Therefore, riders race to the entry of each sector. In doing so, they increase their average speed. It is a race about surviving and staying out of trouble. The intensity lifts again for the last 90km, marked by the entry to Forest d’Arenburg and is the most feared sector of cobbles.

To stay out of trouble is one thing, but to do it with the least amount of effort, only sometimes converts to success at Roubaix. Hell of the North is a tough race.

Tour of Flanders is a week earlier

Only one week earlier, most of the riders lined up for Belgium’s biggest race, Tour of Flanders. Locally, it is known as Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Ronde. 

Over 80% of the population of Belgium tune into the race in one way or another. It is the race that stops the nation. It is marked by the famous cobbled bergs, or walls, of Koppenberg, Kwaremont, Paterberg and many others. 

Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders are raced in similar way.

forest d'Arenberg cobbles paris-roubaix
Paris-Roubaix is raced on cobbles, often slippery. Forest d'Arenberg is the most feared sector.

Hosted by local Belgian and former professional cyclist, Eric de Clercq

Share the local roads of Eric de Clercq, the Tour of Flanders typically passes his front door. He can certainly claim home ground advantage. He came very close one year almost being the sole survivor in the breakaway.

Eric’s career of 11 years saw him win 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium. Eric rode for:

  • La William-Duvel from 1991-1993
  • Collstrop from 1994-2002

You will find Eric a wonderful host as he shares his experiences with professional cycling teams. From racing, to sports director, professional soigneur to hosting team VIP’s during race-day. You will learn an incredible insight into the Spring Classics races, as well as meet some of the riders and managers.

Most of all, Eric is a great guide who cares for your experience and he is a pleasure to spend time with on and off the bike. 

Former Professional Eric de Clercq winning a stage
Eric de Clercq winning a stage at Tour of Britain

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