2021 UCI Road World Championships

Experience the exciting of the UCI World Road Cycling Championships
Ride the famous roads with Eric de Clercq, an ex Belgian Pro
Immerse yourself in a true Cycling Culture

September 18, 2021 to September 28, 2021

10 days
Brussels, Belgium

AT A GLANCE
$ TBC TWIN SHARE
  • 10 Days
  • Intermediate to Experienced
  • 4 Dinners, Brewery Visit
  • Apartment Style
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  • Support Vehicle
  • Mechanical Assistance
  • Navigational Guidance
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Details / Pricing

Trips Details and Pricing

Dates: September 18, 2021 to September 28, 2021 
Start: Brussels, Belgium
Finish: Brussels, Belgium

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

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.

Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the exciting of the UCI World Road Cycling Championships
  • 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
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. 

Some rides will include cobblestone sections only if weather permits.

Suitability

Our UCI World Championship trip is ideal for all cyclists. Our main focus is watching the race and riding some of the famous roads of the Spring Classics and immerse yourself in the cycling culture of Belgium, the home of cycling.

Inclusions
Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

Accommodation and Transport

  • Transport throughout, custom van
  • Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
  • Return transfers from Zaventem Airport on the 18th September and 27th September 2021.
  • Quality accommodation in Oudenaarde (5 nights) and Mechelen (4 Nights)

Meals

  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 4 nights
  • Wine on welcome and farewell dinners
  • Sports powders, water and bars during your ride

Professional Ride Support

  • Hosted by our experienced tour guides,including former Belgian pro cyclist, Eric de Clercq.
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Ride support vehicle when you need it most
  • Navigation assistance on all guided rides
  • Ride files and Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
  • Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey & Bibs
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.

2021 UCI Road World Championship Experience.

The first world championships took place in 1921 in the Danish capital Copenhagen, though the only event was the Men’s Road Race which was for Amateurs, it wasn’t until 1927 when the first professional world championship was crowned. It was a further 31 years until the women’s road race was introduced in 1958. 

100 years on from the first world championships the event returns to the country of the first event, Belgium.The battle for the white jersey with the Rainbow bands on the Flemish roads  has increased to 11 different categories.

Our 10 day cycling experience combine the best of the UCI Road World Championship, visit the Flanders Fields which were the scene of some of the most fierce battles of World War 1, cycling the roads that have made the Spring Classics famous and of course Belgium “beer and frites”

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

2021 Time Trial Events

The “Race of Truth”. The 2021 time trial course for all categories will see the riders start on the seaside town of Knokke-Heist and will head inland to Bruges. While each category will race over different distance each of the course are pancake flat and will suit the pure time trialist. Regardless of the distance there won’t be any holding back, it will be a matter of starting fast and trying to hold on until the finish line.

Get ready for high speeds and big chainrings!

  • Men Elite individual Time Trial
  • Men U23 individual Time Trial
  • Women Elite individual Time Trial
  • Women Junior individual Time Trial
  • Men Junior individual Time Trial
  • Team Time Trial Mixed Relay
DateSunday 19 September
StartKnokke-Heist
FinishBruges
Elevation78 m
Distance43.30 km

Men Elite individual Time Trial

DateMonday 20 September
StartKnokke-Heist
FinishBruges
Elevation54 m
Distance30.30 km

Men Under 23 individual Time Trial

DateMonday 20 September
StartKnokke-Heist
FinishBruges
Elevation54 m
Distance30.30 km

DateTuesday 21 September
StartKnokke-Heist
FinishBruges
Elevation32 m
Distance19.30 km

DateTuesday 21 September
StartKnokke-Heist
FinishBruges
Elevation44 m
Distance22.30 km

DateWednesday 22 September
StartKnokke-Heist
FinishBruges
Elevation129 m
Distance44.50 km

2021 Road Race Events

It would not be a race in Belgium without an abundance of short punchy climbs. Each of the event course are designed perfectly for spectators as you will get to see the peloton multiple times in each category. All the categories (except the Junior women’s and Junior men’s) with start in Antwerp and finish with multiple loops of a finishing circuit in Leuven. 

  • Women Junior Road Race
  • Men Under 23 Road Race
  • Men Junior Road Race
  • Women Elite Road Race
  • Men Elite Road Race
DateFriday 24 September
StartLeuven
FinishLeuven
Elevation624 m
Distance73.70 km

DateFriday 24 September
StartAntwerp
FinishLeuven
Elevation1,049 m
Distance162.60 km

DateSaturday 25 September
StartLeuven
FinishLeuven
Elevation995 m
Distance119.40 km

DateSaturday 25 September
StartAntwerp
FinishLeuven
Elevation1,047 m
Distance157.70 km

DateSunday 26 September
StartAntwerp
FinishLeuven
Elevation2,562 m
Distance267.70 km

UCI Road World Championships Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10

Welcome to Belgium

Saturday, 18 September 2021
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Welcome Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Warm up guests

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 Oudenaarde, our base for the next 5 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 Oudenaarde 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 and head out for a shakedown ride to ensure your bike is working 100% correctly. 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!

Tour of Flanders and ITT finish in Brugge

Sunday, 19 September 2021
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

famous belgium bike climb koppenberg
Koppenberg

Today we will see the first Rainbow jersey awarded for the 2021 World Championships but not before we head out and experience the race route of the Tour of Flanders, a living monument to cycling. We will do a loop of part of the racecourse including the Oude Kwaremont, Patersberg and Koppenberg. This is our chance to take some pictures on the most famous climbs from the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. After our ride, we will freshen up back at our hotel before travelling to Brugge to see the stage finish of the “race of truth”, the men’s ITT. We will see the presentation of the 1st Rainbow jersey before returning to Oudenaarde. Tonight you are free to enjoy one of the local restaurants.

Womens ITT Knokke-Heist

Monday, 20 September 2021
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Time Trial Bikes

Today you will experience how a “Pro Cyclists” trains. Eric your guide will take you out for his favourite training ride in the heartland of the Flemish Ardennes, the only thing the ride won’t include is a beer at the finish (a little early in the day for a drink). After returning to Oudenaarde we will change out of our cycling gear and head to Knokke-Heist for the start of the women’s ITT. Time trials are a great way to check out the riders and the latest bikes and gadgets. Bring your camera as you never know who you can get a photo with. Tonight you are free to enjoy one of the local restaurants.

Muur van Geraardsbergen

Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Breakfast, Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

After a few days visiting the WC, we will take a break and head for the cobblestones. Eric will take you to some of the famous cobbled climbs from earlier editions including the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen, the Kapelmuur and the Bosberg. As a side note "Muur" means wall! So you can imagine how the Muur van Geraardsbergen is feared by many Pro riders. This year the Tour de France will use some of those roads. We offer two rides, both of them will climb the Muur van Geraardsbergen. After our ride, we will visit the Tour of Flanders Centre and Museum. It is much more than an interactive museum. It also consists of an auditorium, an exhibition hall, a conference room, a lobby, a theme cafe and a great shop where they sell good quality clothing including original wool jerseys. The Tour plays an important role in the Flemish social life. Discover the glorious moments of your heroes and feel the emotions of the most beautiful classic in Flanders.

Ieper and the Flanders Fields

Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

We have a short drive from our hotel to Ypres by van. Today we will ride some of the interesting parts of the course from the famous Gent-Wevelgem race, including the famous Kemmelberg. We offer a shorter and a longer ride. The long ride will bring us to the French border, after climbing a few hills in France we continue to the Kemmelberg. From here it’s only 12 km back to Ypres. After our ride, we will return to Ypres for lunch and a shower. After lunch, we will visit the Flanders Fields, which were the scene of some of the fiercest battles of World War 1. Included will be a visit to the Tyne Cot Cemetery where there is an interesting display of the battles fought in this area and the resting place of many Australians and British soldiers. The cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by King Albert I of Belgium in recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empire in the defence and liberation of Belgium during the war. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war. The name "Tyne Cot" is said to come from the Northumberland Fusiliers seeing a resemblance between the German concrete pillboxes, which still stand in the middle of the cemetery, and typical Tyneside workers' cottages - Tyne Cots. To complete our day, you can visit the Last Post. Every evening (at 8 pm) since 1928, the Last Post has been sounded under the imposing memorial arches of the Menin Gate. The Last Post is the traditional salute to the fallen and is played in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the then British Empire, who fought and died in the 'Immortal Ypres Salient' between 1914 and 1918.

Visiting Brewery het Anker

Thursday, 23 September 2021
Mechelen, Belgium
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Brewery Tour Belgium

Today we will leave Oudenaarde by bike and ride to Mechelen and our 4-star hotel for the next 4 nights. Our ride is around 100km (again we offer a shorter option available) through the true Flemish Ardennes and the roads used in the Tour of Flanders. It won’t be all short climbs as the roads become flat closer to Mechelen. After checking into our hotel we will have time to freshen up and have some lunch. After lunch, we have a true Belgium experience, a visit to the Brewery het Anker. The history for the brewery is going back to the 15th century. In 1872, the family Van Breedam bought the brewery. In 1990, Charles Leclef, the fifth generation of the Van Breedam family took over the brewery and modernized the brewing equipment. You may want to take a few “samples” home with you! Tonight you are free to select one of the many restaurants in town for dinner.

HQ lotto-Soudal and U23 race view in Mechelen

Friday, 24 September 2021
Mechelen, Belgium
Breakfast, Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Lotto Soudal Team Bus

Today we have something special planned, a behind the scenes look at the headquarters of one of Belgium’s most famous cycling teams, Lotto-Soudal. It is a chance to see the enormous logistics and support network that goes into running one of the best cycling teams in the world. We will ride from our hotel to Lotto-Soudal HQ which is around a 40km journey. We’ll have a quick look where the mechanics work on the pro’s bikes and around HQ. After our visit, it is back on the bike for our trip back to Mechelen. We will arrive in plenty of time to watch the finish of the Junior Women’s and the Men’s U23 Road Races on TV at a local pub (another Belgium tradition).

Women’s Road Race and Junior Men

Saturday, 25 September 2021
Mechelen, Belgium
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Womens road race

We have a big day ahead of us today. This morning we will head out for a short ride and return to our hotel and shower and get ready to watch the Women’s and Junior Men’s Road races. We will drive the short distance to Leuven where we will find a great advantage point to watch the races. The road race course visits Leuven several times throughout the day so we will have plenty of opportunity to see the action before the race finishes on the slightly sloping drag of Geldenaaksevest. We will watch the presentation of the Rainbow Jersey before returning to Mechelen where you are free dine in town.

A Bientot from Belgium

Monday, 27 September 2021
N/A
Breakfast
NO RIDE TODAY

guests riding tour de france
Guests riding at Le Tour de France

Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. We hope you have enjoyed the UCI World Road Championships 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.

Women’s Road Race and Junior Men

Monday, 27 September 2021
Mechelen, Belgium
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Womens road race

We have a big day ahead of us today. This morning we will head out for a short ride and return to our hotel and shower and get ready to watch the Women’s and Junior Men’s Road races. We will drive the short distance to Leuven where we will find a great advantage point to watch the races. The road race course visits Leuven several times throughout the day so we will have plenty of opportunity to see the action before the race finishes on the slightly sloping drag of Geldenaaksevest. We will watch the presentation of the Rainbow Jersey before returning to Mechelen where you are free dine in town.

Why Book with Bikestyle Tours?

Because we understand the commitment to book in uncertain times.
 
A COVID-Safe plan
  • All staff and guests must complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to the start of the trip
  • Bikestyle Tours complies with the QLD COVID Safe Industry Plan (Tourism and Accommodation, Bike Tours); such as controls for social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, vehicle transport. 
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Our covid-19 period booking system is a risk-free way to reserve your place. That means during the declared pandemic you are eligible to reschedule your trip or receive a full refund if due to travel restrictions enforced by Australian government jurisdictions you are unable to arrive at the designated start location on the date specified. 

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