Spring Classics Week 1 2018
Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris Roubaix ride and watch
29th March to 9th April 2018
For 2018, we will again be offering you the chance to spend 10 days at the Spring Classics in Belgium and Northern France. Ride and watch the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix and watch the Scheldeprijs, the sprinter’s classic. As well as lots of cycling a visit to the Tour of Flanders museum guided by Johan Museeuw and a tour of a Belgian brewery are also included.
You will start the week doing the sportive version of the Tour of Flanders and after this you will see 2 fantastic races, the 2018 Tour of Flanders and the 2018 Scheldeprijs before riding the 2018 Roubaix Challenge and watching the 2018 Paris – Roubaix Pro race.
After the 2018 Tour of Flanders Sportive you can see how it should be done the following day when the professionals take to the cobbles. Midweek, we will go to Mol for the Scheldeprijs and we will be rounding the week off with the historic Paris – Roubaix. There will be plenty of time in between to ride this fantastic area.
★★★★ NH Hotel Gent:
The NH Gent Belfort hotel puts leisure travellers right in the heart of the city. A 5-minute walk takes you to sights like the cathedral, castle and belfry, plus you’ve got all the bars and restaurants you need just outside the door.
Rooms vary in style – some have a classic look with soft carpets, while others have teamed a hardwood floor with contemporary colours.
Breakfast is served in the breakfast room, where waffles and pancakes feature among a long line-up of dishes.
You will stay here on bed and breakfast basis.
★★★★ Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hotel:
Situated in the very heart of Roubaix, a 15 minute drive from Lille itself, the Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel is an Art Deco style building with archetypal mouldings, columns and glass work.
This stylish and charming hotel is just 500m from the TGV station and just a few metres from the Metro station. All of the rooms have a contemporary feel, exuding well-being and tranquillity. After a long day, come and relax in the sauna.
Your stay here will include breakfast.
Thursday 29th of March, 2018:
Arrange your own flight to Brussels airport where we come to collect you. Please notify us of your flight details. We will operate transfers from Brussels airport at 10.00 and at 16.00 to avoid some of the heavy traffic.
Friday 30th of March:
Arrange your own flight to Brussels airport where we come to collect you. Please notify us of your flight details. We will operate transfers from Brussels airport at 11.00 and at 16.00 to avoid some of the heavy traffic.
Please note that we cannot accommodate airport transfers for flights arriving after 16:00.
We will be spending 6 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the Hotel NH Ghent Belfort in the centre of Ghent. At the hotel you will be able to put your bike together and get prepared for the Sportive tomorrow.
If you have booked to take part in the 2018 Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportive and you have booked your entry through us, we will have your entry info and bib number ready for you on arrival at the hotel. Please note that if you get your own entry, you will have to queue in the morning before the race.
Saturday 31st of March - Tour of Flanders sportive:
In the morning after an early breakfast you will be transported to the start of the Tour of Flanders sportive.
You can take part in either the 227km, 180km, 129km or 71km Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportive event, each follows the latter part of the pro race race route including all the famous climbs. There will be numerous organised feeding stations and mechanical service present.
The longer distances, 227km and 180km will include the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen (Mur de Gramont). 127km and 71km riders will be taken to Oudenaarde and 180km and 227km full distance riders will be transported to the expected start in Antwerp. At the finish in Oudenaarde we will be waiting for you with a well-deserved drink and a sandwich.
For those not riding the Sportive, the Saturday will be at leisure in the city of Ghent.
Sunday 1st of April - The 102nd Tour of Flanders Pro race:
Today is the 102nd edition of the Tour of Flanders Professional race for both Men and Women. We will go to Oudenaarde where you can enjoy a full schedule of race-day events including the presentation and the start of the women’s race plus you can see the men come past once before watching the men’s and women’s finishes later in the day also in Oudenaarde. There are large TV screens, food stalls, beer tents, everything you need for a day at the bike races. A free shuttle service to the Oude Kwaremont runs until 12.30 where you will be able to see the men’s race come past 3 times. After the race finishes we will take you back to Ghent from Oudenaarde.
Tour of Flanders VIP access and Hospitality:
To make your day extra special today, we offer a large selection of exclusive official Tour of Flanders VIP and hospitality experiences. For more information, please have a look here.
Monday 2nd of April:
We hope to repeat previous years programme where we went for a ride over to one of the hotels where some of the Pro teams are staying. Usually mechanics will be working on bikes and we will have the chance to chat and take some pictures. After this we will go for a short ride past the Schelde river and return to the hotel.
Tuesday 3rd of April:
After breakfast we will go for a morning ride to experience the peace and tranquillity of the Belgian country side. We will be guided by none other than multiple Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Museeuw. In the afternoon we will visit the Tour of Flanders museum in Oudenaarde where we will have a guided visit with Johan. We will finish the day with the unmissable Belgian Beer brewery visit. You can sample some beers and taste some local cheeses and other snacks during our guided visit.
Wednesday 4th of April - The 2018 Scheldeprijs:
Today we travel to Mol for the start of the 2018 Scheldeprijs. We will ride out with those of you who want to ride today. We plan to catch the race 3 times before returning to the finish where we can follow the remainder on a large TV screen 100m from the finish. Following the race we will take the minibuses back to Ghent.
Thursday the 5th of April:
After breakfast today we travel from Ghent to Roubaix where we spend 4 nights with evening meal, bed and breakfast included at the Hotel Mercure Roubaix. As it will be busy in Roubaix, we will reserve a restaurant for lunch ahead of arrival at the hotel. (payable locally). During the afternoon we will ride over to one of the cobbled sections and we will ride to the Forest of Arenberg on the cobbles. If you are riding the Roubaix Challenge on Saturday then this will be your opportunity to train on the cobbles and play around with tyre pressures.
Friday 6th of April:
After breakfast, we will ride to the end of the Forest of Arenberg and watch the various Pro Teams come past on their reconnaissance day. Usually, many of the teams stop for a chat and photos. We will then load the bikes onto the coach and travel to Roubaix, where we can take some photos of the Velodrome. You will have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs from the Roubaix club shop like a cobble on a plinth.
Saturday 7th of April 2018 - Paris Roubaix Challenge:
After an early breakfast, we will take you down to the start of the 2018 Paris Roubaix Challenge. At the end, we’ll be there for you at the finish in the Velodrome in Roubaix. In 2017 the showers were open to the public so hopefully you can get access again. After everybody has finished, we will take you back to the hotel in Roubaix so we are well located to see the pro race the day after. All distances will start from Roubaix apart from the long distance will will start from Busigny.
Sunday 8th of April 2018 - Paris Roubaix Pro race:
You will be taken to the start in Compiegne, after which using our expert knowledge of the race route you will see a number of pave sections and the finish on the Velodrome at Roubaix. After the finish you will return to our hotel in Roubaix.
Monday 9th of April:
After breakfast we will travel to Brussels airport. Please book your flights after 12:00. We will run 1 transfer back to the airport in the morning.
£ per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£ supplement supplement for the single occupancy of a room
- 6 nights on bed and breakfast basis in Ghent and 4 nights on half board in Roubaix
- Visit to the Tour of Flanders museum with former Tour of Flanders winner Johan Museeuw
- Guided ride with Flanders and Roubaix winner and former world champ Johan Museeuw
- Visit to ‘t Huyghe’ Belgian beer brewery
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More info
- Airport transfers at 11.00 and 16.00 on Friday from BRU airport and on return to connect with flights after 12.00 on Monday.
- The services of our experienced drivers, guides and the team
- Entry pack waiting for you on arrival in Ghent and Roubaix (if purchased through us)
- Transport for you and your bike to and from the Cyclo-sportive starts and finishes
- A drink and sandwich at the finish of Tour of Flanders and Roubaix Challenge
- Various viewing locations at the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix
Available at additional cost:
- Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportive entry, all distances accommodated
- Roubaix Challenge Cyclo-Sportive entry, all distances accommodated
- Bike rental – £299 (Trek Carbon 105), £399 (Trek Carbon Ultegra) – More information
- Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
Entry Prices – Roubaix Challenge:
- 172km – Starts from Busigny – 1hr transfer from Valenciennes on Saturday morning – £50
- 145km – Starts from Roubaix – 40mins from Valenciennes on Saturday morning – £35
- 70km – Starts from Roubaix – 40mins from Valenciennes on Saturday morning – £25
Entry Prices – Tour of Flanders sportive:
- 230km – Starts from Antwerp – 1hr transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £70 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
- 180km – Starts from Antwerp – 1hr transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £65 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
- 130km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £60 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
- 75km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £50 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings open soon
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Please look here for our full booking conditions
A medical certificate is not required for either of the events.
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.