Tour of Flanders Cycle Sportive

Ronde van Vlaanderen Weekend Trip

Ronde van Vlaanderen Date 3rd to 6th April 2020

2 days of cycling including the bone-jarring but must do, Tour of Flanders Cycle Sportive event.
If you are a true Cycling Enthusiast then you must make the pilgrimage to the Ronde once in your life!
After all it is the race that stops the nation.
Highlights
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
  • A true cycling enthusiast must make the pilgrimage to the Ronde once in their life!
  • 2 days of cycling including the bone-jarring but must do, Tour of Flanders cycle sportive event
  • 3 days in beautiful Gent
  • Experience Belgian hospitality and share their passion for all things cycling
Details / Pricing

Dates: April 3, 2020 to April 6, 2020
Start: Brussels, Belgium
Finish: Brussels, Belgium

Group Size: 15 guests – 3 staff
Price:
 $2990AUD
Single Supplement: $300AUD

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.

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 Friday and Monday
  • Accommodation in a 3 star apartment (Gent)
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 3 course evening meals on 2 nights.
  • Lunch on 1 day.
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike.
  • Sightseeing as listed.
  • Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
  • Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey & Bibs
  • Entry to Tour of Flanders
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
  • 4 Days
  • 2 Dinners, 1 Lunch
  • Tour of Flanders
  • Luxury Transport
  • High Staff Ratio
  • Intermediate to Experienced
  • 3 & 4 Star Hotels

Share the road with former professional cyclist and local, Eric de Clercq

A career spanning 11 years from 1991 to 2002, including 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium.

Experience in racing the big Classics such as Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) and Paris-Roubaix. Eric rode for:

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

In 2004 he became a Director Sportif for the Vlaanderen Women’s Professional Cycling Team. He continues to work with professional cycling teams as a team soigneur and hosting team VIP’s during race days.

Eric has been with Bikestyle Tours for many years and runs many trips each year. His favourite are the Spring Classics and the race that often passes his home, Tour of Flanders.

Speaking three languages, you will find Eric to be a great guide and even better to socialise with after a ride.

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

Tour of Flanders Weekend Itinerary

  • Arrival at the Spring Classics
  • Tour of Flanders Cycle Sportif
  • Tour of Flanders
  • Farewell from Flanders

Arrival at the Spring Classics

Friday, 5 April 2019
Gent, Belgium
Welcome Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Welcome to Gent, our accommodation centrally located in Gent, it is ideal for visiting the historic city or to the other neighbouring Flemish Cities of Art.

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 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 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!

Tour of Flanders Cycle Sportif

Saturday, 6 April 2019
Gent, Belgium
Breakfast, Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

The Tour of Flanders Sportif  has on average 16,000 riders participating in this great event and you too will have the opportunity to do either the 170km, 130km or the 74km distance events – you choose.

Each year there is a special Cycling Sportif event for cycling tourists on the day before the real boys come out to play.  On average 16,000 riders do this great event and you too will have the opportunity to do either the 170km, 130km or the 74km distance events – you choose. Our great location in Gent will be to our advantage this morning as the hotel will prepare an early breakfast for us. After breakfast, we will head off to the start line to start your Flander Sportif experience. The 130km 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 day on the bike but a hard one as 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 like that but all in all the day goes smoothly and quickly considering the numbers. The Tour of Flanders for Cyclists is the second event on the Golden Bike calendar, an initiative of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) to promote bike races worldwide. The Tour of Flanders (the 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 cycling event. Hopefully, it’s blue skies! Fingers crossed. Sportif entry is included. Merchandising not included. 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!

The Tour of Flanders

Sunday, 5 April 2020
Gent, Belgium
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

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.

tour of flanders riders

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.

In 2020, the route will finish for the ninght time in Oudenaarde. In 2019 Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) has created one of the biggest surprises in the recent history of the Tour of Flanders. The 25-year-old Italian drove away from all the big names on the Oude Kwaremont, on his way to his first professional victory ever. Kasper Asgreen and Alexander Kristoff completed the unexpected podium

We are assuming the race route will be similar to the 2019 event which will include a final section of 75 kilometers built around three loops on the Oude-Kwaremont and Paterberg in combination with the Koppenberg and Kruisberg.<p> 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, which 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!

After breakfast we’re going to see the start in Antwerp. You can check out the pro’s bikes and equipment they will use. Once the start is given we’re starting our own tour of Flanders, not on the bike but by  van. We will go from one point to another using the back roads in the Flanders area.

We’re providing a VIP pick nick lunch with bubbles, beer and soft drinks.

After seeing the finish we will return to Gent for a free evening in 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.

Farewell from Flanders

Monday, 8 April 2019
N/A
Breakfast

Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. We hope have enjoyed the Tour of Flanders experience and challenged yourself on some of the toughest roads in Europe.

Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. We hope have enjoyed the Tour of Flanders experience and challenged yourself on some of the toughest roads in Europe. Most of all we hope you’ve created new friendships and great memories. The 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

Ride Tour of Flanders cycle sportive

Your trip starts in Brussels and our staff help you prepare for the Tour of Flanders cyclo sportif.

Statistics surrounding this weekend are just astounding — some 16,000 riders participate in the cycle sportive and over 80% of the Belgium population tunes in to watch the race. This is the heartland of cycling! The sportif is extremely well organised and our guests always enjoy the tough day on the bike conquering the Flemish bergs — Koppenberg, Oude Kwaremont, Muur de Geraardsbergen, Paterberg just to name a few.

Our staff will also assist you with all of your preparations for the sportive. Our weekend guests even have the option to use one of our hire bikes for the weekend. Perfect for you to tie in some work travel around one of the worlds biggest cycling races!

Ride the Ronde course in a very well organised cycle sportive

VIP Experience – Ronde Van Vlaanderen

Soak up the atmosphere of one of the most exciting races on the cycling calendar – Tour of Flanders.

Sip champagne and see the race on the famous Oude Kwaremont

The final circuit has multiple passes of the Oude Kwaremont and often is where the winning rider breaks away from the field. Earlier in the day, the professional women battle out on the same course.

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