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2020 SPRING CLASSICS.

Join Australian Cycling Legend Phil Anderson and Pat Fitzpatrick from Ride International Tours for a VIP experience of the 2020 Tour of Flanders Spring Classic.

Our 4 Day Tour of Flanders Spring Classics Tour includes both the Tour of Flanders sportif, as well as our VIP Tour of Flanders Race experience, we’ll based in the Flanders region of Belgium for the duration of the tour.

We’ll ride the Flanders region of Belgium and visit cyclings iconic landmarks including the Koppenberg, Kwaremont, Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Tour of Flanders Cycling Museum.

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 and travel dates, we supply the transfers between tours. You may want to look at our 5 Day Belgie Training Camp and our 4 Day Paris Roubaix weekend Tour.

TOUR | DATE | PRICE:

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

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2020 Spring Classics Tour With Phil Anderson

4 Day Tour of Flanders Long Weekend

You’ll spend the 4 Day Tour of Flanders Tour on a VIP experience with Phil Anderson.

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

It’s hard to describe in words, but Phil is recognised and welcomed in Belgium and much of Europe as a local superstar. He was the young kid that came from a far away country that rode with great panache, he changed European and cycling in general.

The people of Belgium are the most knowledgable fans in the world and they never forget great bike riders who’ve given them unforgettable memories. It’s a really beautiful experience for everyone in our groups to see the directuer sportif of your cycling tour be so warmly recieved and welcomed with personal stories of great memories of the golden era of cycling.

Our combined experience in Belgium allows us to put a superb series of rides together, we ride and visit quaint villages, small roads, laneways and see lovely places of interest in the Flanders region of Belgium.

we’ll coach you in the art/technique of riding the roads of Belgium, you’re guaranteed to love it, you’ll return home more relaxed on the bike and ready to take on new challenges.

When we’re not at the Tour of Flanders race or riding through the many towns, villages and cycling locations of the region, the Tour of Flanders Tour offers a unique insight into Belgium life and their unrivalled passion for cycling races.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

WATCH
• Tour of Flanders, Belgium

VISIT
• Tour of Flanders Museum
• Belgium Beer Experience

RIDE
• Tour of Flanders Sportif – Granfondo

Payments

ADVANCED BOOKING DEPOSIT:
$750 reserves your spot
on the 4 Day Tour of Flanders Long Weekend.

*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$3,250.00 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 4 Day Spring Classics Tour.

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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 Tour of Flanders Spring Classics Tour provides the ideal mix of “ride more – transfer less”.

The proximity of the Flanders region to everything in Belgium allows us to participate in the “must do” Tour of Flanders sportif, experience a VIP Tour of Flanders race day, plus enjoy plenty of recover time off the bike each day to explore.

You’ll have your fill of riding, plus we’ll see different aspects of the Tour of Flanders race including stage start, midpoint and finish. All the Tour of Flanders action mixed in with a cultural, historic, culinary and beverage experience of Belgium.

April is a beautiful time to visit Belgium and ride the Tour of Flanders Sportif. The atmosphere, passion and knowledge of the fans at the race is unrivalled, the Belgium 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 a lovely hotel.

There’s something endearing about riding a bike in Belgium, it’s a countrie practically born and raised on two wheels and cycle racing. The terrain is almost purpose-built for cyclists and cycling is still regarded as the nations 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 Classics including: The Koppenberg, Kwaremont, Muur van Geraardsbergen 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. 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
  • Complimentary entry into the Tour of Flanders Sportif
  • 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

 4 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 waitng 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 helps 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 the town and region to support the 16,000 riders.

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

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 with a passsion to participate, options of 74km, 139km & 174km Loop rides are available. Multiple feed and aid stations are set up on the course, support is 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

Breakfast: From 7am – 8.15am
Vehicle Departs: 8.30am
Arrive Aalst Train Station: 8.35am


About our day: Departure Day – Morning Transfer To Aalst Train Station

This morning after the excitement of the 4 Day Tour of Flanders weekend, we’ll gather again over a hearty breakfast.

After breakfast we offer a transfer for you and your luggage to the Aalst Train Station for your onward travel. Aalst Train Station is very well connected with all of the major European centers and International airports.

Alternatively if you’d like to join our Belgie 5 Day Training Camp Tour, we provide the transfers between the tours to Brugge in the north west of Flanders, Belgium.

Until next time, Au revoir from the Team at Ride International Tours

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Years of Experience

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Tours Completed

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Trip Guests

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Cycled on Tour

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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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