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2020 SPRING CLASSICS.

Join Australian Cycling Legend Phil Anderson and Ride International Tours for a VIP experience of the 2020 Spring Classics, including the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix races.

Our 11-Day Ultimate Spring Classics Tour includes both the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix races and sportifs, as well as a Belgie Training Camp based in beautiful Brugge.

We’ll ride the border regions of Belgium, Netherlands, Northern France and visit a moving World War II memorial as well as cycling iconic landmarks including Koppenberg, Kwaremont, Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Forrest of Arenberg .

If you’re after a shorter tour, we have broken down our 11-day tour into 3 smaller modules so you can mix and match to create your own tour that best suits you.

TOURS | DATES | PRICES:

11 Day: Ultimate Spring Classics – Tour of Flanders & Paris Roubaix
Tour Dates: 3rd – 13th April 2020
Price:  AUD$7,550pp twin share
Single Supplement: AUD$825.00

4 Day: Tour of Flanders Long Weekend
Tour Dates: 3rd – 6th April 2020
Price: AUD$3,250pp twin share
Single Supplement: AUD$325

5 Day: Belgie Training Camp
Tour Dates: 6th April – 10th April 2020
Price: AUD$2,900pp twin share
Single Supplement: AUD$385

4 Day: Paris Roubaix Long Weekend
Tour Dates: 10th – 13th April 2020
Price: AUD$3,250pp twin share
Single Supplement: AUD$365

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2020 Spring Classics Tour With Phil Anderson

Join us in Belgium, Netherlands and France.

Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson

You’ll spend the famous race days of the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix on a VIP experience with Phil Anderson as we follow the races in our vehicles. Champagne – gourmet picnic lunch’s included enroute during both classics.

Phil was based in Belgium for much of his early pro cycling career, he was passionate about doing well in these early season Spring Classics races, including winning the Amstel Gold Race, 2nd at the Tour of Flanders and many podium places in the one day monument races.

Our experience allows us to see the races at multiple viewing points en route, including being at the finish of the Paris – Roubaix in the velodrome.

We ride two of the worlds best amateur Gran Fondo’s, the Tour of Flanders Sportif and the Paris Roubaix Challenge the day prior to each of the big races. Both sportifs can be achieved by anyone and are the best single days you are ever likely to spend on a bike. There’s a distance to suit everyone and we’ll coach you in the art/technique of riding these famous courses, you’re guaranteed to love it.

When we’re not at the races or riding the sportifs, we offer a unique tour where we ride more – transfer less and visit many towns, villages and iconic cycling locations of the Spring Classics.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

WATCH
• Tour of Flanders, Belgium
• Paris – Roubaix, France

VISIT
• Tour of Flanders Museum
• Menin Gate Memorial “The Last Post”
• Belgium Brewery Tour

RIDE
• Tour of Flanders Sportif – Granfondo
• Paris – Roubaix Challenge – Granfondo

Payments

ADVANCED BOOKING DEPOSIT:
$750 reserves your spot
on any of the 2020 Spring Classics Tours.

*Note, our Spring Classic Tours are new each year, we maximise your experience with race viewing, sportifs, great rides and cultural experiences*

$325.00 AUD$7,550.00 AUD

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No hidden Credit Card fees.

spring classics race

Grace and Pat are remarkable. Thank you so much!

Claudia H. (2104)Canada

Grace… you are warm, inclusive and infectious in your enthusiasm

John H. (2014)Australia

Pat and his team did an absolutely brilliant job

L. Hocking (2015)Victoria, Australia

Big thanks to Grace & Patrick… we had a Brilliant time

Andrew E (2016)Australia

The trip ran like clock work… all we had to worry about was enjoying ourselves

Ben K. (2013)NSW, Australia

Grace… you are still as efficient and organised as always

Richard B. (2016, 2012)Western Australia

Pat’s leadership gave everyone what they needed

Peter F. (2010)New Zealand
spring classics rider on cobble stones
spring classics flanders museum

Our Tour

Our Spring Classics trip provides the ideal mix of “ride more – transfer less”.

The proximity of France, Belgium, Netherlands in this border region allows us to participate in the “must do” Tour of Flanders sportif and Paris – Roubaix Challenge. Plus midweek enjoy our “Belgie Training Camp”, it’s the ideal way to ride each day, recover and with plenty of time off the bike each day to explore.

You’ll have your fill of riding, plus we’ll visit the Tour of Flanders Museum, the World War II Memorial at Menin Gate “The Last Post” to honour the fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers.

We’ll see different aspects of the Spring Classics races, including stage starts, midpoints, feed stations, stage finishes, mixed with a cultural, historic, culinary and beverage experience of Belgium, Netherlands and northern France.

April is a beautiful time to visit and ride the Spring Classics. The atmosphere at the races at this time of year is unrivalled, the Belgium, Netherlands and northern France fans create an electric atmosphere, we’ll show you the smaller roads, ride the iconic Spring Classic climbs, see famous monuments, picture postcard villages, beautiful cities and stay in lovely hotels.

There’s something edearing about riding a bike in Belgium, Netherlands and France, they are countries practically born and raised on two wheels. The terrain is almost purpose-built for cyclists and cycling is still regarded as each nation’s number one sport in Spring.

Each of our Spring Classics Itinerary’s provides a unique experience as the race routes change a little each year, you can count on riding many of the legendary routes though made famous by the Spring and Ardennes Classics including: The Koppenberg, Kwaremont, Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Trouée d’Arenberg – Forrest of Arenberg just to name a few.

Our Spring Classics trip is led by our experienced team who’ve been hosting trips to these races for many years, we’ll get you up close and personal with the Pro riders, to experience the excitement of the incredible Spring Classics, the Tour of Flanders and Paris – Roubaix races. We know how to get the best out of your riding, Spring Classics experience, all in a safe, supported, team like environment.

This tour is perfect for cyclists, cycling fans, non cyclist, non cycling partners or people who’d like to do a bit of riding and race watching. $750 (per person) reserves your spot for the 2020 Spring Classics – Travel with us, we’re the Spring Classics Experts.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Spring Classics in April.
Ciao Pat, Grace, Phil and the Team

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Spacious Cycling Friendly Four Star Accommodation.
  • Daily breakfasts (Evening Meals, Lunches, Drinks Etc As Per Detailed Itinerary Below).
  • Tour of Flanders - Race Day, European-Style Gourmet Picnic Lunch including local / international foods, French bubbly, Belgium beer, Wine, Cool Drinks
  • Paris Roubaix - Race Day, European-Style Gourmet Picnic Lunch including local / international foods, French bubbly, Belgium beer, Wine, Cool Drinks
  • Complimentary entry into the Tour of Flanders Sportif - and Paris Roubaix Challenge (Granfondo)
  • Local guides for cycling and non-cyclists including former Australian Pro Rider Phil Anderson
  • Minimum of three guided ride options per day, to suit your preferred distance and amount of climbing
  • Pro mechanical support on tour
  • Support vehicle each day to carry daypacks, spare parts, hydration and ride snacks
  • Separate Spectator Itinerary for Non-cyclists
  • Itinerary, including daily ride maps
  • Free download of our GPS Ride Routes
  • Complimentary return airport - or trainstation transfers
  • Daily Bike Spa including Bike Wash, Mechanical check and tune, by a Pro Mechanic
  • Cyclists Receive Our Premium Quality European Rider Pack including: Jersey, Knicks, Socks, Cycling Cap and Musette Bag
  • Non-Cyclists Receive a Spectator Pack including Designer Ride International Tours Polo Shirt, Socks, Cap and Musette Bag
11

Years of Experience

67

Tours Completed

1,423

Trip Guests

36122km

Cycled on Tour

267

Hotels Visited

What Makes Us

Première Classe

Experience, Since 2007

We’ve been on the ground running tours for over a decade and have long graduated from the School of Rookie Mistakes. We’ve accumulated thousands of kilometres in knowledge that goes into planning our itineraries and running our trips. When you’re with us, we’ve got your back. We want to see you achieve what you came here for. That’s why we build in contingencies for our contingencies so no matter what challenges the race, road or rain throws at us, we have a solution that will bring a satisfied smile to your face at the end of each day.

Trips Guaranteed To Run

We believe that our trip numbers should never be your problem. Whether our group size is 3 or 33, we run all of our trips to the same premium standard. We value your trust in us and understand how excited you must be. Once you’ve booked your spot on any of our trips, that’s it – you’re coming. So confirm your annual leave, book your flights and start packing!

More Ride Options

We understand that this is your cycling holiday and that you have your own goals and desires. We get to know you and give you a minimum of 3 ride options every day, so you can tailor your trip and manifest your dreams. Our goal is to have you achieve and experience everything you’ve set out to – and more. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing more rewarding for us than your smile at the end of each day. Oh, and hugs. We love hugs, especially after you’ve achieved something so meaningful to you.

Ride More, Transfer Less

We know you’d much rather be sitting on your bike than in a vehicle, so we design our itineraries to ride more and transfer less. There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes with riding point to point so, whenever possible, we build this into our itineraries. Riding more and transferring less is also achieved by multiple nights stay in strategically located hotels, so there’ll be times throughout the trip where you can unpack your bags and call your room home for a few days.

Spectators Welcome

Whether you’re a fan of Pro Cycling, or your partner is a cyclist – you are welcome and encouraged to join our trips. Taking care of spectators is a specialty of ours. We give you plenty of options throughout the tour. Whether you want to experience the beauty of the ride routes by vehicle and join up with your cycling partner en route, cheer the pro-riders at race viewing points or spend time wondering the beautiful villages and cities we visit – the choice is yours. We ensure you have as much fun and adventure as the cyclists each day.

We Are "Details" Nerds

There really is no other way to put it. We. Love. Details. We consider every inch of your holiday from the pre-tour organising and planning to the on-tour running of it all. Every decision we make is about giving you the best possible experience. We want you to switch off and enjoy the ride. We know what it’s like to work hard for something, and we love to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. Let us handle the details, so all you have to focus on is having the best time and creating lasting memories.

Pro Bike Mechanic & Rider Support

Each trip has a professional bike mechanic and rider support vehicle. We carry a pro-team work stand, extensive toolbox, essential parts, hydration and nutrition aboard our dedicated support vehicle. Should anything occur en route, we’ll have you sorted and back on your bike in no time.

Bike Security

We take the security of your bike and belongings very seriously when you entrust them into our care. We go the extra mile by implementing a number of security measures and only choose hotels that supply us with secure storage options. We are proud to say that since our first tour in 2007, we have never experienced any problems with personal belongings or bike security on any of our trips.

Fabulous Accommodation

We believe accommodation is more than just a bed for the night. It’s a place to call home when you’re living out of a suitcase. We choose a variety of comfortable, characterful and quality accommodation styles to give you a complete experience. From city chic to family run chalets and everything in between.

Global & Local Experience

When you travel across the globe to be with us, we get excited. We love sharing everything we know and love about the people and places we visit. We ride the secret backroads, reveal the best hidden cafés, introduce you to incredible regional produce and have you feeling like one of the locals sooner than you can say bonjour, buongiorno and hola.

Local Lingo

Travelling to a country where the locals don’t speak your language, can be daunting. So that’s where our local lingo can help alleviate your apprehension. We’ll give you some basic tips on how to interact with the locals so you get the most out of your experience. You don’t have to be an expert, just have a go and remember to pack your sense of humour as there’ll be lots of laughing along the way.

Safety & Skills Coaching

We want you to go home to your family in better condition than when you left, so we place importance on your safety and skills. We’ll infuse you with tips, tricks and customs of riding in the countries we visit to give you the best cycling experience in the safest, most enjoyable way. As part of our service, we offer complimentary skills coaching en route for those wanting to hone any area of their biking. Expert skills coaching has been a unique area of our business for over 20-years, having fine-tuned the skills of pro-cyclists, Olympians, national and world champions.

Travel Tips

We’ve learnt a lot about travelling over the years. Once you’ve booked your trip with us, we can advise you on tips and tricks that will help make your travel experience more enjoyable, less stressful and have you well rested and ready to start your trip in optimum form.

Friendships

One thing you may not have considered when booking your future holiday is the opportunity for friendships. We pride ourselves on creating a group culture with great camaraderie that support and cheer for each other. It’s quite common for our trip participants to become lifelong friends (with us and with each other). Friendships that span the globe is one thing that really gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.

Your Goals Matter

Booking a cycling trip is a great motivator to set health, fitness, riding and travel goals. We are here to cheer you on and guide you through your preparation and link you up to other tour participants upon request. On tour, we do everything we can to see you achieve your goals and celebrate those milestones with you. Our flexible yet organised approach means that we’ve never cancelled a landmark ride in our 10+ year history. Your goals matter and we love seeing you reach them.

We Bring Out The Best

This is our philosophy – our heart and soul. At any given time, we bring out the best of that moment. We’ll show you where to stop and smell the roses, take in the most spectacular views, capture the best selfies and drink the best coffees. We are about savouring the moments and reminding you that you are in the best place at the best time.

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