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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 4 Day Weekend Tours, races and sportifs, as well as our 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 Ultimate Spring Classics Tour into 3 smaller modules so you can mix and match to create your own tour that best suits your needs.

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
BOOK 11 DAY ULTIMATE SPRING CLASSICS TOUR

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

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

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

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

11 Day Ultimate Spring Classics Tour

PAYMENTS

ADVANCED BOOKING DEPOSIT:
$750 reserves your spot
on the 2020 Ultimate Spring Classics Tour.

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

$750.00 AUD$7,550.00 AUD

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No hidden Credit Card fees.

BIKE HIRE

Take the hassle out of traveling with your bike and hire a bike for our 11 Day Spring Classics Tour.

4 Day Flanders & Roubaix Tours – 5 Day Belgie Training Camp Tour Options

We’ve created 4 Tour Options for our Spring Classics Tours. You can choose a Tour location, Tour length or Travel dates to suit you.

spring classics race
spring classics rider on cobble stones
spring classics flanders museum
Meet your guides for our 2020 Spring Classics Tour

Pat and Grace worked tirelessly to make sure everyone’s needs and expectations were met

S. Charlton (2015)Queensland, Australia

A big thanks to you for making my trip, as a non-rider, very memorable

L. Green (2010) New Zealand

Grace and Pat go above and beyond to make sure you have a good time

Steph W. (2015, 2014 & 2013)NSW, Australia

Nothing was too much trouble, their demeanour was always cheery

Andrew S. (2014)Melbourne, Australia

Knowledgeable, multilingual, always helpful, a great team

Tommy. E (2016, 2014, 2013, 2012)USA

Grace is the most organised of guides, no request is too unusual or difficult

A. Saunders (2017)Victoria, Australia

You took care of my wife wonderfully… I am grateful and appreciative

David S. (2016)Canada

Thanks very much for a highly enjoyable and excellently run tour

Daren A. (2012)QLD, Australia

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

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, passion and knowledge of the fans at the races 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 endearing 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 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 tour is led by our experienced team who’ve been hosting tours 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 passionate 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. Come ride 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 Train station 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 DAY ITINERARY

2020 Spring Classics Tour With Phil Anderson

DAY 1 – FRIDAY, 3RD APRIL 2019

ARRIVAL DAY + RIDE

Pick up time: 9am Brussels Airport – or 11am: Aalst Train Station
Arrival Day Ride Distance: 45km  Climbing: 200m
Dinner: 7.30pm Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Flanders


About our day:  

Welcome to the Belgium, The Spring Classics and The Tour of Flanders.

This morning is welcome day, we’ll meet you at the location of your choice: 9am Brussels Airport – or 11am: Aalst Train Station.

Alternatively we always highly recommend arriving at least one day prior to a tour start, it’ll alleviate travel stress, you’ll recover from your travel better and it’ll build in some wiggle room in the event your travel and connections don’t flow as smoothly as you’d like.

Once at our Team Hotel, we’ll assist you to build up your bike, or do the final fitting, put your pedals onto your hire bike etc.

After a quick bite to each for lunch, we’ll ride from our hotel to the Tour of Flanders event area to collect our registrations for the following day.


Non-cycling options:

Discover our local town, it’s a lovely place with plenty of heritage.

1pm: Join the group as we head across to the Tour of Flanders event area, here you can explore the beautiful town, it’s vast town square shops and visit the Tour of Flanders Museum, botique, cycling restuarant and bar.

Late in the day return to our hotel and prepare for our Spring Classics Welcome Dinner.


Our Ride:  

Ride Start: 1pm • Distance: 45km • Climbing: 200m

Welcome Day, warm up ride to get the legs and body moving, we include a pave riding skills session enroute from our Team Hotel to the Tour of Flanders Sportif event area. We’ll collect our entry packs, then visit the Tour of Flanders Cycling Museum.

Late in the day we return to our hotel to prepare for tonights welcome dinner and the following mornings Tour of Flanders Sportif.


Après Bike:

Suggested Post Ride rehydration: Hops helps recovery, Belgium is the spiritual home of beer, be sure to enjoy a lesser know local Pils beer, they are light and freshing, you may want to leave the more famed, stonger Belgium beers for another night.

Dinner: 

Meet in the Hotel Lobby, tonight is our Tour of Flanders welcome dinner


 Accommodation:

Our Four Star Team Hotel in Flanders, Belgium
1 of 3 Nights

DAY 2 – SATURDAY, 4TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7am
Vehicles Depart: 7.45am
Our Ride Start:
8.45am
Ride Distances: 
75km / 145km / 174km.


About our day:  

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for and dreaming about. Today is all about the Tour of Flanders Sportif.

Like many other European mass participation rides, this event can be started at anytime between 7am – 10am. This flexible start time helps to spread the 16,000 participants out over the course and reduces riders pre ride/race nerves.

We choose a generous start time to allow for our short morning vehicle transfer. Loop rides start and finish in the town of Oudenaarde, over a challenging hilly, cobbled course.


Non-cycling options:

Plenty of options today based on your personal interests, or preferences.
Visit Oudenaard with the group riding to see the Tour of Flanders sportif, it’s a fun day with huge crowds in town to support the 16,000 riders.

Explore the town, it’s museums, bars, restaurants, or additional options for active off bike activities include walks – hikes etc, ask us how.

ALternatively, discover neighbouring Belgium towns – cities. Head out to discover Ghent, Brugge, Antwerp etc, ask us how.


Our Ride:  Tour of Flanders Sportive

Ride Distances:  75km / 145km / 174km
Climbing: Plenty of small Belgie Bergs

Today is your chance to ride and experience the Tour of Flanders Sportif.

Various course lengths are available to suit riders of all fitness and abilities, the route is achievable by anyone keen to participate, options of 74km, 139km & 174km Loop rides are available. Multiple feed and aid stations are set up on the course, support and stops are plentiful.

The event routes start and finish in the town of Oudenaarde. Each course takes sections of the same iconic, hilly, challenging, cobbled roads as the pro’s will race on the following day.

The Tour of Flanders sportif is a beautiful day on the bike, it’s full of fantastic Belgium experiences, challenges and great people like yourself out on the roads of Belgium enjoying the day. The rewards of attending this event are great, we believe it’s one of the best sportifs in the world.


 Après Bike:

Free program to explore our town, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries. We’ll be heading out for a social /informal dinner (non-inclusion).

We’ll make a plan for dinner – feel free to join us or Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


Accommodation: 

Our Four Star Team Hotel, Flanders, Belgium
2 of 3 Nights

DAY 3 – SUNDAY, 5TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: 7am
Vehicles Depart 7:30am. 1 hour transfer.
Race: Tour of Flanders Race Day, 270km
Race Start: 10.30am


About our day:  

Today is our VIP Tour of Flanders experieince co-hosted by Australian former pro cyclist Phil Anderson and Pat Fitzpatrick. Phil and Pat have worked together for over 10 years, their combined skills, experience and passion for all things cycling create the best Spring Classics experiences available.

Phil may not need much of an introduction to many of you, but you’ll be pleased to know Phil is highly regarded and remembered well in Belgium due to his attacking style of racing. Phil focused the early part of each of his seasons to specialise in the Spring Classics, he had great success at the Classics, winning the Amstel Gold Race, placing 2nd twice at the Tour of Flanders, a long list of big results and podium places at nearly all of the Spring Classics Races.

You’re bound to hear plenty of exciting stories from the golden era of cycling, plus insights into the riders preperation and the way the race is playing out on the day. You are in great hands, It’ll be an exciting day from start to finish at the 2020 Tour of Flanders.

Phil will give us a truly unique VIP experience and expert commentary through the day as we navigate a very tricky course to see the race in this style. This style of see’ing the Tour of Flanders is only possible from our combined experience, plus as a young pro cyclist Phil was based in Belgium, he’s still recognised where ever he goes, he’s considered a local amongst people from Belgium, he knows the races, the culture and the country of Belgium like a local.


Non-cycling options:

Join the group on a unique VIP Tour of Flanders race day, including Gourmet, Champagne Picnic Lunch.


Our Ride:  Active Recovery Day – VIP Spectating, Tour of Flanders Race Day

 Our Race Experience: Tour of Flanders

7.30am: Depart in our vehicles, 1 hr vehicle transfer to Antwerp, the start location for the Tour of Flanders.
8.30am: Arrive in Antwerp, Discover the city, see the teams and riders prepare for the start of the Tour of Flanders.
10.30am: Tour of Flanders race starts.

We’ll experience the build up to the start, the local fans will flood in and we’ll be there to experience the incredible excitiment of the Tour of Flanders. The riders headout from Antwerp on flatter exposed roads to do battle on the cobbles of the Flanders region of Belgium.

After the race start, we’ll quickly head back to our waiting vehicles to jump ahead of the race, we’ll pick up the race again as it comes past our Team Hotel around 12pm. Back to our vehicles again as we transfer ahead of the race to position ourselves on the iconic Mur.

The Mur is often a critical point in the race where a selection of riders capable of winning the Tour of Flanders will go clear on the climb to the famous church. We’ll enjoy a gourmet European style picnic enroute, including local refreshments, champagne and cool drinks.

Once the race has passed over the Mur, we take our alternative route and jump ahead of the race to the race finish town of Oudenaard to see who wins the 2020 edition of the Tour of Flanders.


 Après Bike:

Dinner:

We’ll be heading out for a social /informal dinner (non-inclusion) and refreshing cool drink.

We bid farewell to guests on our 4 Day Tour of Flanders Long weeekend. We’ll make a plan for dinner – feel free to join us or Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Our Four Star Team Hotel, Flanders, Belgium
3 of 3 Nights

DAY 4 – MONDAY, 6TH APRIL 2019

11 Breakfast: From 7am
Vehicle Depart: 8.30am
Our Ride Start:
9am
Ride Distances:
40km – 85km Climbing: 400m
4.30pm: Explore Brugge walk. 90minutes.
7.30pm: Informal Social Dinner, meet hotel lobby (non inclusion)


About our day: Belgie Transfer Ride. Beautiful Brugge

A relaxed breakfast this morning after a few hectic days on the Tour of Flanders long weekend.

After breakfast our vehicle heads to our new Team Hotel in Brugge, while the cyclist take a transfer ride designed by Phil on some of his old training roads to Brugge.

Late in the afternoon once we are checked into our new Team Hotel, we’ll head out on our Explore Brugge walk for around 90minutes. Brugge is a beautiful town, it’s a nice time for a stroll and a great way to orientate yourself with this fun town.


Non-cycling options:

Morning vehicle transfer to our Brugge Team Hotel. 1 Hour 20 mins
Once checked into our Brugge Team Hotel, there’s plenty of time to explore Brugge’s lovely old city area.

We have plenty of great recommendations for things to see and places to visit in Brugge. Let us know your personal interests, we’ll suggest plenty of great places to see and things to do in Brugge.

4.30pm: Discover Brugge walk, including the impressive Markt square. 90minutes.


Our Ride:  Transfer Ride to Brugge

Ride Start: 9am • Distance: 40km – 85km• Climbing: 150m-400m

9am: Ride Starts from our Team Hotel, we’ll pass through Ghent, pause to admire the Ghent Velodrome, then stop for monrnig tea and a coffee, we know some great cycling cafes in Ghent. It’s a beautiful city to cycle through enroute to our new base Brugge for the next few nights.

We’ll take a scenic ride through Brugge’s old center enroute to our hotel, it’s a great way to orientate yourself with the old town center, it’s minature water ways, shops and beautiful buildings.


 Après Bike: Discover Brugge

4.30pm: Discover Brugge cultural walk, including the impressive Markt square, minature waterways, local bike stores, galleries and shops. 90 minute walk.

Suggested Post Ride rehydration: Belgium is the home of beer, let us know your prefferd style and we’ll offer some suggestions, there are so great options of Belgium beer that are only available locally.

Dinner:

7.30pm: Informal Social Dinner, meet hotel lobby (non inclusion). We’ll make a plan for dinner – feel free to join us, or Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Historic, family owned and run hotel in Brugge. Walking distance to everything in Brugge Old Town.
1 of 4 Nights

DAY 5 – TUESDAY, 7TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7.30am
Our Ride Start:
8.45am
Ride Distances:
45km-90km. (3 – 4 hours)


About our day:  Belgie Training Camp Tempo Ride

Our morning Belgie Training Camp Rides are a great way to have an active morning.

We’ve designed 3 – 4 hour rides to explore more of the North West Flanders region of Belgium, but leave you with plenty of time and energy to explore for the balance of each day, plus you’ll be in great form for the upcoming Paris Roubaix challenge.

Non-cycling options:

Morning and afternoon. Let us know your personal interests, Brugge is a wonderfully diverse city, options include Chocolate museum, the canal boat tour is great way to see Brugge from another level, Belgium Beer tour, Museums and galleries aplenty, or we have options for active walks, ask us how.

Alternatively, we’ve based ourselves in Brugge, as it’s very well connected via local trains -approx 1 hour to Belgiums other great citys so you can easily visit Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp etc for the afternoon. There are so many great daily afternoon sightseeing options, let us know your interests so we can tailor experiences to your likes, interests and point you in the right direction.


Our Ride:  

Ride Start: 8.45am • Distance: 45km-90km • Climbing: 400m
Morning Tempo Loop Ride, 3-4 hours. Designed by Phil, this loop ride is based on his old training ride routes and race routes from the North Western Flanders region.

We have ride options available for everyone depending how much or how little you like to ride, we’ll pause for a Belgium Hot Chocolate or coffee apres ride.

Ride Extra’s: If you fancy riding more in the afternoon, we have plenty of ride options available, let us know how many Km’s you want to ride and what type of ride you want to do. Ask us how.


 Après Bike:

Dinner 7.30pm: Free program to explore our town, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries. or join us for an Informal Social Dinner, we’ll be heading out to eat some local specialty dishes at a place close to our hotel. Meet hotel lobby (non inclusion)

Suggested Post Ride rehydration: 

Jenever, also known as genièvre, genever, peket or Dutch gin, is the national spirit of Belgium from which gin evolved. While beer may be Belgium’s most famous alcoholic beverage, jenever has been the country’s traditional and national spirit for over 500 years.

Jenever is a “Protected Product of Origin”, having received eleven different appellations or AOCs from the European Union, and can only be crafted in Belgium, the Netherlands and a few areas in France and Germany. Most of the jenever AOC’s are exclusive to Belgium making Belgian jenever (Belgian genever) one of it’s best-kept secrets.

For centuries jenever has been bottled in jugs handcrafted from clay. Its iconic shape is recognizable and unique to jenever. Traditionally Belgians serve jenever in completely full shot glasses that have just been pulled from the freezer. The first step to drinking the jenever properly is to keep the glass on the table, bend down and take the first sip without holding the glass. Once this traditional first sip is completed one can drink the rest of the drink normally.


 Accommodation:

Historic, family owned and run hotel in Brugge. Walking distance to everything in Old Town.
2 of 4 Nights

DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY, 8TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7am
Our Ride Start:
8.15am
Vehicle Depart: 8.30am
Ride Distances: 45km – 75km (extra’s available) – 150m climbing


About our day:  

Our morning Belgie Training Camp Ride designed by Phil takes us to the start of the Semi Classic Scheldeprijs race in the Netherlands. We’ll be there to see all of the pre-race excitement, mingle with the riders, get some photo’s among the team buses and see the riders waved off for the 202km race.

After the race has started around midday, we’ll transfer in our vehicle back toward Brugge, enroute we stop off to do a Brewery Tour and tasting.

We’ve allowed plenty of time after the brewery tour to watch the excitement of the finish of the Scheldeprijs race live on TV.


Non-cycling options:

This morning we take a coastal drive through small towns and villages along Belgium’s north coast, we’ll stop for morning tea then arrive in the Netherlands.

We’ll arrive at the start of the Semi Classic Scheldeprijs race in the Netherlands. We’ll be able to get some selfies with the pro riders, wander among the team buses and be at the start line as the riders are waved off for the race.

Our afternoon is your chance to experience a Belgium Brewery Tour and tasting. We’ve allowed plenty of time after the brewery tour to discover the old town of Brugge or explore further afield.


Our Ride:  

Ride Start: 8.15am • Distance: 45km – 75km (Extra’s available)• Climbing: 150m

Today we take a ride along the northern coast of Belgium on a route designed by Phil that’ll take us through small towns and villages, then cross over into the Netherlands to see the start of the midweek semi classic Scheldeprijs race.

Ride Extra’s: If you fancy riding some more in the afternoon, we have plenty of ride options available, let us know how many Km’s you want to ride and what type of ride you want to do. Ask us how.


 Race: Semi classic Scheldeprijs race

Today we see the start of the semi Classic Scheldeprijs race in the Netherlands. The Scheldeprijs race is a favourite race for the worlds best sprinters, it’s a flat course, often subjected to strong winds so it suits the strong sprinters teams. Past winners include: Tom Boonen, Marcel Kittel, Robbie McEwan and Mark Cavendish


 Après Bike:

Suggested Post Ride Dinner Dishes: 

7.30pm: Maybe tonight is a good time to sample some of Belgiums famous dishes, we’ll be heading out for an informal “Social Dinner” to a local place close to our hotel. Meet hotel lobby (non inclusion)

Some of our favourite local Belgium dishes include:

Moules-frites: mussels cooked or steamed with onions and celery served with fries. The recipe has often been referred to as the country’s national dish but is also popular in the neighboring Nord region of France.

or Carbonade flamande: a Belgian beef stew, similar to the French Beef Bourguignon, but made with beer instead of red wine. Served with bread or fries and mustard. Usually accompanied by a local beer.


 Accommodation:

Historic, family owned and run hotel in Brugge. Walking distance to everything in Old Town.
3 of 4 Nights

DAY 7 – THURSDAY, 9TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7.30am
Our Ride Start:
8.45am
Ride Distances:
45km – 85km (Extra’s available)


About our day:  

Our morning Belgie Training Camp Ride heads out for around 3 – 4 hours on a route specially designed by Phil to take in some of the regions finest small roads, bikeways and former training roads. or take a recovery day off the bike and head further afield to explore some of Belgiums great towns, cities or historical landmarks.


Non-cycling options:

Today is our last day in the region, it’s a great chance to explore more locally or a good day to head further afield to explore some of Belgiums northern towns, cities or historical landmarks. Let us know where you are keen to visit or things you’d like to try and do. 


Our Ride:  

Ride Start: 8.45am • Distance: 45km – 85km (Extra’s available) • Climbing: 200m

Ride Extra’s: If you fancy riding some more in the afternoon, we have plenty of ride options available, let us know how many Km’s you want to ride and what type of ride you want to do. Ask us how.


 Après Bike:

Suggested Post Ride rehydration: 

Dinner: 

7.30pm: Informal Social Dinner, we’ll be heading out to eat at a local place close to our  hotel, meet hotel lobby (non inclusion)


 Accommodation:

Historic, family owned and run hotel in Brugge. Walking distance to everything in Old Town.
4 of 4 Nights

DAY 8 – FRIDAY, 10TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7.30am
Vehicles Depart: 8.15am
Our Ride Start:
12.30pm
Ride Distances:
36km-50km (Extra’s available)
Dinner: 7.30pm


About our day:  Transfer Day – Roubaix

After breakfast this morning we transfer from Brugge in Belgium, down to Lille in Northern France to prepare for our Paris Roubaix long weekend.

Mid morning upon arriving in Lille, we’ll meet up with guests arriving for the Paris Roubaix long weekend.

There’s some time in the days program to discover our new home for the next few days while the weekend guests ready themsleves to ride. Lille’s old town area with it’s many historic buildings is a lovely place explore on foot.

After lunch we head over to the town of Roubaix to visit the event area, while we are there we’ll see the famous Roubaix velodrome and take a look into the historic Roubaix shower block.


Non-cycling options:

Transfer with the group from Brugge in Belgium, down to Lille in Northern France, there’s some time in the mid morning program to explore the old town area of Lille prior to heading to Roubaix in the afternoon. Let us know your interests and we’ll point you in the right direction of things to see and do in Lille.

The town of Roubaix will be a buzz with the upcoming Roubaix Challenge ride and Sundays Paris – Roubaix race, it’s a nice time to visit the Roubaix Velodrome and historic shower block for some photos.


Our Ride:  Paris Roubaix Challenge Recce

Ride Start: 12.30pm • Distance: 36km-50km • Climbing: 100m • Cobbles: Yes

This afternoon we’ll ride a course designed by Phil Anderson that takes in some nice smaller roads, laneways and sections of the Paris Roubaix Challenge and race route. We are heading to the Roubaix Velodrome to collect our entries for tomorrow’s Paris Roubaix Challenge.

Enroute to Roubaix, we’ll do a “Pave bike-skills session”, Phil and Pat are masters of the cobbles they’ll have you relaxed, riding beautifully over the cobbles and well equiped to fly on the cobbles the following day.

After our visit to Roubaix’s famous cycling sites, we’ll mount up and ride an alternative route back to Lille to prepare for tomorrows Roubaix Challenge event.

Ride Extra’s: If you fancy riding some more, we have plenty of ride options available, let us know how many Km’s you want to ride and what type of ride you want to do. Ask us how.


 Après Bike:

Suggested Post Ride rehydration: 

Now that we are in France’s north, maybe it’s time to celebrate our arrival with a glass of local bubbly, the Champagne region is just two hours directly south of us in Lille.

Dinner: 

7.30pm: Dinner to welcome our new guests arriving on the Paris Roubaix 4 Day Longweekend. Meet Hotel Lobby for a short walk to dinner.


 Accommodation:

Lille Old Town Center Ville, elegant Beaux arts-style Four Star Hotel. 1 of 3 Nights

DAY 9 – SATURDAY, 11TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7am
Vehicles Depart: 7.30am
Paris Roubaix Challenge Start:
From 8.30am
Ride Distances: 
70km / 145km
Vehicles Depart: 5.30pm Depart Lille.
The Last Post: 8pm


About our day:  Roubaix Challenge – Menon Gate WW 1 Memorial

Today is the day many of you will have been dreaming about for a long time – it’s your chance to ride the Paris Roubaix challenge over the same cobbles as tomorrows Paris Roubaix race. Within the stated 70km-145km routes, there’s an option available to riders of all fitness and abilities, let us know your preferred distance and we’ll work out a great option to suit you. 

After the Roubaix Challenge ride we transfer back to our Hotel, we’ll shower and clean up after a superb day on course. Late today we drive across to the Menin Gate Memorial to discover the town of Ypres and it’s incredible world war history.

8pm: We attend the Menon Gate, Last Post ceremony, it’s extremly moving to visit this ceremony dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed during World War 1 and whose graves are unknown. 

The memorial is located at the eastern exit of the town Ypres and marks the starting point for one of the main roads out of the town that led Allied soldiers to the front line. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Menin Gate Memorial was unveiled on 24 July 1927.

After we’ve visited The Menon Gate service, our return drive to our Hotel is approximately 45 minutes.


Non-cycling options:

Plenty of options today, based on your personal interests, you can travel with the group across to Roubaix in the morning, explore the town of Roubaix, or relax in Lille and discover more about this historic French City.

Alternatively Lille is only one hour away from Paris by TGV fast train, you could travel to the French capital to take in a spot of shopping and sightseeing.

Travel with the group to the Menon Gate to see the Last Post ceremony.


Our Rides:  Paris Roubaix Challenge

Ride Start: From 8.30am • Distance: 70km – 145km • Climbing: 300-600m 

The same roads, the same dreams, the same joy, the same pain: as a cyclists today you’ll experience the same emotions as Van Avermaet, Boonen and the other professionals on the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix!

Paris Roubaix Challenge is a ride you’ll never forget, it’s an incredible day every cyclist should experience once in their lifetime.


 Après Bike:

Suggested Post Ride rehydration: Plenty of great local sparkling mineral water. The minerals will assist in you recovery.

Vehicles Depart: 5.30pm Depart Lille to the Town of Ypres.
Dinner: Informal Social Dinner, we’ll take a quick dinner while we are in the town of Ypres pre the Last Post Ceremony (non inclusion).

The Last Post: 8pm


 Accommodation:

Lille Old Town Center Ville, elegant Beaux arts-style Four Star Hotel. 2 of 3 Nights

DAY 10 – SUNDAY, 12TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7am-7.30am
Vehicles Depart: 7.30am
Dinner: 7pm


About our day:  Paris Roubaix Race Day

The day we’ve all been waiting for, the 2020 Paris Roubaix race.

An exciting day of VIP Spectating with Phil Anderson as he guides us through the 2020 Paris Roubaix. We Depart our hotel early after breakfast to visit the Paris Roubaix start town. 

Upon arrival we’ll have some time to discover the race start town, take some morning tea and watch the riders prepair for the big day ahead. At 11am we’ll be there to see the official race start, it’s an incredible experience to see the riders headout to do battle on the roads of the Hell of the North.

After the start we’ll head back quickly to our waiting vehicles to transfer ahead of the race. We’ll pick up the race mid-route and enjoy a gourmet roadside picnic lunch including Champagne, some nice Belgium beer and cool drinks of your choice.

Back on the road, we jump ahead of the race again to position ourselves at various points along the race route, then move quickly to see the exciting closing stages of the race from inside the Roubaix Velodrome.

The Paris Roubaix race and the finish into the Roubaix velodrome is a once in a life time experience, it’s a very unpredictable race and incredible to be a part of all the action. You’ll absolutely love it.


Non-cycling options:

Travel with the group to experience the Paris Roubaix, it’s an exciting day to be around one of the biggest cycling events in Europe.


 Race: Paris Roubaix 257km

The Paris Roubaix is one of cycling’s oldest races, it was first run in 1896 and is one of the ‘Monuments’ or classics of the European calendar, and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking.

The race has stopped only for the two world wars and was created by two Roubaix textile manufacturers, Théodore Vienne and Maurice Perez. Both men had been behind the building of the velodrome on 46,000 square metres at the corner of the rue Verte and the route d’Hempempont in Roubaix which opened on 9 June 1895

The course is maintained by Les Amis de Paris–Roubaix, a group of fans of the race formed in 1983. The forçats du pavé seek to keep the course safe for riders while maintaining its difficulty.

The race starts in Compeigne, France and covers 29 cobbled sectors over the 257km course til it reaches Roubaix. The race course route changes slightly over the years, 2019 Roubaix Winner was Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick Step).

Philippe Gilbert delivered a masterclass on the way to Roubaix to claim his fifth success in a Monument, after his victories in Lombardia (2009, 2010), Liège (2011) and Flanders (2017). The Belgian star is the first rider to dominate four different Monuments since Sean Kelly in the 1980s.

With the rise of young stars including Belgiums Wout van Aert and Dutch rider Mathieu van der poel, the 2020 edition of Paris Roubaix is going to be very exciting watching the establish riders do battle against the stars of the future.

History:
Seeking the challenge of racing on cobbles is relatively recent. It began at the same time in Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, when widespread improvements to roads after the second world war brought realisation that the character of both races were changing. Until then the race had been over cobbles not because they were bad but because that was how roads were made.

André Mahé, who won in 1949 said, After the war, of course, the roads were all bad. There were cobbles from the moment you left Paris, there’d be stretches of surfaced roads and often there’d be a cycle path or a pavement and sometimes a thin stretch of something smoother.

You never knew where was best place to ride and you were for ever switching about. You could jump your bike up on to a pavement but that got harder the more tired you got. Then you’d get your front wheel up but not your back wheel. That happened to me, then you’d go sprawling of course and you could bring other riders down. Or they’d fall off and bring you down with them.

The cycle paths were often just compressed cinders, which got soft in the rain and got churned up by so many riders using them and then you got stuck and you lost your balance. Come what may, you got covered in coal dust and other muck, it’s all changed and you can’t compare then and now.


 Après Bike:

Suggested Post Ride rehydration: 

Dinner: 7pm, Farewell Dinner and Drinks. meet Hotel lobby for a short walk to our restaurant.


 Accommodation:

Lille Old Town Center Ville, elegant Beaux arts-style Four Star Hotel. 3 of 3 Nights

DAY 11 – MONDAY, 13TH APRIL 2019

Breakfast: From 7.30am
Vehicles Depart: 8.45am


About our day:  Departure Day – Au revoir

This morning after the excitement of the Paris Roubaix weekend, we’ll gather again over a hearty breakfast. Today we offer two transfer options depending on your needs, we’ll transfer you and your luggage to either:

9am: Lille TGV Train station, it’s very well connected by superfast TGV trains to all of the major European centers including Paris, Amsterdam, London etc or

12pm: Brussels Airport for flights departing after 3pm

12

Years of Experience

77

Tours Completed

1,497

Trip Guests

38190km

Cycled on Tour

297

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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