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Spring Classics Tour 2023

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The start of April is when the cycling world properly awakens from its winter slumber. There are all sorts of races taking place virtually daily across Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands over this crucial period in the racing calendar, but two giant events stand out above all others.

The first Sunday of April is the date of the Tour of Flanders. The Ronde van Vlaanderen is Belgium’s biggest sporting event, boasting enormous television audiences and thronged roadsides. A week later, it’s the turn of the Queen of the Classics, Paris – Roubaix. Usually described as the world’s most famous one-day race, the “Hell of the North” has captured the public’s imagination for 120 years. The images of gaunt faces streaked with mud span the decades with a timeless quality that belongs indisputably and uniquely to Roubaix.

Both events have their own amateur cycling events taking place the day before on Saturdays. Amateur riders from all over the world come and test themselves on the same roads as the professionals the day after. Each Sportive offers a variety of distances from (nearly) full distance challenges to shorter trips over the cobbles and bergs of Flanders and Roubaix.

Spend 10 days with us in Flanders and Roubaix on the ultimate spring classics cycling tour. Our team of local riders and mechanics will guide you around their home roads for an unforgettable experience. Not only will the cyclists in the group be well-looked after there is also plenty to do for those who don’t ride a bike themselves but are fans of this great sport. 

Prices

  • £1699 per person based on two people sharing a twin (2 beds) or double (1 bed) room
  • £550 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room

Included with your tour

  • 6 nights at hotel Messeyne in Kortrijk
  • 4 nights at hotel B&B in Roubaix
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All taxes are included
  • Return airport transfers from Brussels international airport
  • Guided rides in Flanders and Roubaix on Friday afternoon before the Sportives on both Saturdays
  • Entry for the Tour of Flanders Sportive with choice of distance
  • Transport to start of Tour of Flanders Sportive 
  • Entry for the Paris Roubaix Sportive with choice of distance
  • Transport to the start of the long-distance Paris Roubaix Sportive in Busigny
  • An itinerary on Flanders and Roubaix race days
  • Guided visit to Tour of Flanders museum
  • Antwerp visit plus race viewing at 'de Scheldeprijs'
  • Bike tour to visit Flanders Fields in Ypres
  • The services of our bike guide and bike mechanic
  • Detailed itinerary
  • ABTA protected

Also available

  •  Bike rental – all options below

Bike Options

We offer you a choice of Giant bikes from Aluminium frame with Shimano 105 to Carbon frame with Ultegra Di2.

  • Giant TCR Advanced carbon Shimano Ultegra Di2 @ £475
  • Giant TCR Advanced carbon Shimano Ultegra @ £370
  • Giant Contend SL 1 aluminium frame Shimano @ £270

Bike will be available on arrival and our mechanics are available to fit the bike for you.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 > Friday 31st March 2023 - Arrival day

Please contact us for extra nights if you'd elike to arrive before today. hello@sportivebreaks.com

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Kortrijk today. Our team will be available to meet you at the hotel. If you plan to fly then we offer airport transfers for you, your luggage and your bike from Brussels International airport.

Our optional airport transfer will depart from Brussels Airport at 11.00. Please arrive at Brussels airport by 10.00 to allow time for baggage collection and passport control.

Our hotel

We are staying at 4* hotel Messeyne in Kortrijk centre. Your stay will be for 6 nights and will be on a bed and breakfast basis so with breakfasts included. You will have an early breakfast on We Ride Flanders day

What about my bike?

You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend. Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel.

Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.

This evening our bike guides will do a race briefing to run through We Ride Flanders logistics and of course the route.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Kortrijk's many restaurants or you can choose to eat at the hotel (not included).

Day 2 > Saturday 1st April - We Ride Flanders Sportive

We have an early start this morning. Early breakfast is arranged in the hotel restaurant. The long distance starts from Brugge and the other distances start and finish in Oudenaarde so we offer transport to get there this morning.

Start & finish / location & hours

START Cyclo 217km

Bruges

  • 07.00 – 08.00

START 177km, 136km, 72km

Oudenaarde (Lindestraat, Oudenaarde)

  • Cyclo 177 km: 07.00 – 08.30
  • Cyclo 136 km: 08.30 – 10.00
  • Cyclo 72 km: 10.00 – 11.00

FINISH

The finish of all distances is on the Markt in Oudenaarde. The last aid station closes at 19:00. If you arrive here later, you are no longer an official participant and you are obliged to take the shortest route to the finish. The finish in Oudenaarde officially closes at 20h00.

Once you finish in Oudenaarde, we provide transport back to Kortrijk.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Kortrijk's many restaurants or you can choose to eat at the hotel (not included).

Day 3 > Sunday 2nd April 2023 - Tour of Flanders

Today is the day of the Tour of Flanders. Below we have listed a few different options for you today.

We will transport you to Oudenaarde from Kortrijk after breakfast to enjoy the action at the 2023 Tour of Flanders. Once there you can choose the below

Stay in Oudenaarde

In the last 75 km, the most notorious passages are lurking: from the Koppenberg and the Hotond to the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg. Riders and fans are eagerly looking forward to the finish in the centre of Oudenaarde. The champions sprint to the finish line. In Oudenaarde you experience it from the front row: live and on the big screen. The Donkmeer and the Markt are the place to be. You can see the race live 4 times. If you walk up and down between the market square of Oudenaarde and the arrival area you will see the race pass by and be able to witness two finishes (men and women).

Shuttle bus to Oude Kwaremont

There is a free shuttle bus from Oudenaarde station up to the public village on the Oude Kwaremont where you can see the riders 3 times. There are pubs, food and beer vans and a big screen so you can alternate between standing by the road-side and watching the big screen.

We will provide transport back to Kortrijk late afternoon after the finish.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Kortrijk's many restaurants or you can choose to eat at the hotel (not included).

Day 4 > Monday 3rd April 2023

Guided Ride and Ronde van Vlaanderen Museum

After yesterday’s exertions we’ll take it a bit easier today. This morning we offer an optional guided ride of about 50 - 70km.

This afternoon, we will take you on a guided visit of the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen Museum.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Kortrijk's many restaurants or you can choose to eat at the hotel (not included).

Day 5 > Tuesday 4th April, 2023

Itinerary TBC

Day 6 > Wednesday 5th April, 2023 : Visit the city of Antwerp plus the finish of the Scheldeprijs in Schoten

The Scheldeprijs is also known as the unofficial World Championship for sprinters. The finish is in Schoten near Antwerp. After visiting the port city of Antwerp, we’ll travel the short distance to Schoten to watch the sprint finish.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Kortrijk's many restaurants or you can choose to eat at the hotel (not included).

Day 7 > Thursday 6th April, 2023 : Ypres

After breakfast it's time to leave Kortrijk. We will spend the day in Ypres before moving to Roubaix for the next 4 nights. We will stay at the Hotel B&B Lille Roubaix in Roubaix on a bed and breakfast basis so with breakfasts included.

Visit Flanders Fields in Ypres. 4 hr bike tour including historical sites and the Commonwealth cemetery. Visit Koers Cycling Museum in Roeselare and afterwards we will make our way to Roubaix.

Take evening meal at a local restaurant (not included).

Day 8 > Friday 7th April, 2023

Visit the Arenberg Forrest cobble section, either ride there and bus back or vice versa. We will finish with a ride in the velodrome and a visit to the famous showers. 

Evening meal at a local restaurant (not inluded)

Day 9 > Saturday 8th April, 2023 : Roubaix Challenge day

You will be able to see how the riders of the Men’s and Women’s cycling elite handle the cobbled sectors of Roubaix tomorrow. Today it’s your turn. 24 hours before the professionals, amateurs from around the world will have the opportunity to measure themselves against the legend of the Hell of the North with its mythical cobbled sections like the "Carrefour de l'Arbre" and the "Trouée d'Arenberg".

You have a choice of 3 sportive distances today. The 70km and 145km start and finish at the velodrome. After an early breakfast and preparing the bikes, we will guide you the short distance to the velodrome for the start.

The 170km long distance Roubaix Challenge starts from the small town of Busigny. The entry fee includes transport to the start directly from our hotel if you book your entry with us.

All sportive distances finish at the Roubaix velodrome. From here it’s just a short distance to get back to our hotel.

The premium 170 km event is back in 2023. However, the number of places is limited due to the fact that Paris–Roubaix Femmes will be taking place on the same course and day as the Paris–Roubaix Challenge. This distance is accessible only to experienced cyclists, average speed required of 21.2 km/h over the 170 km course including around 50 km of cobblestones to arrive before 3:00 p.m. at the Velodrome.

The Hell of the North and its fabled cobbled sectors, including the Carrefour de l'Arbre and the Trouée d'Arenberg. There are three increasingly difficult routes on offer, on roads which are open to traffic but secured by numerous volunteers and motorcyclists. There is a legendary race for everyone, covering distances from 70km, 145km or 170km.

This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel and you’ll also be able to return your rental bikes. Unless you are using your bike tomorrow of course. 

Evening meal at a local restaurant (not inluded).

Day 9 > Sunday 9th April : The 2023 Paris – Roubaix

Today you have 3 options. You can join us on our guided, supported ride or you can come on our start to finish experience (no cycling). Alternatively, if you want a really easy day, you can walk to the velodrome from the hotel in time for the finish.

Guided ride

After a relaxed morning, our bike guide will guide you out of Roubaix. We will ride to a venue on the route to watch the riders come past. Please note that choosing this option will mean that you’ll miss the finish.

Start to Finish Experience 

After breakfast we offer our start to finish experience. We’ll take a packed lunch and plenty of water along as it can be difficult to buy food and drink en-route. Our minibus will collect us from the hotel at about 06.00 this morning. The journey is about 2 ½ hours and we aim to get to Compiegne for about 08.30. The race usually starts at 11.00 with preparations from about 09.30.

08.30 > Compiegne

Since 1977, Compiègne has been host to the start of Paris-Roubaix. Opposite the Palace, on the Place du Général de Gaulle, 25 teams will line up for the start of the «Queen of the Classics». 175 riders will be preparing to reach the Roubaix velodrome but just a few will be nourishing hopes of victory.

You will be able to visit the team paddock, admire the special machines selected for this race and rub shoulders with the riders. You will feel the excitement growing as the start time approaches. 

11.30 > Depart Compiegne

We will gather and depart Compiegne for about 11.30. We will drive straight back to the velodrome in Roubaix where we will take our place in the velodrome. Time and traffic permitting we will stop at a viewing point en-route.

14.30 > Velodrome

A victory in Roubaix guarantees the rider his place in the rich history of cycling and his nameplate in one of the iconic shower stalls. On finally reaching Roubaix, the riders head to the town’s velodrome for one and a half laps in front of a crowd of enthusiasts. Whether the arena is the scene of a bunch sprint or a lap of honour by a solitary leader, it’s always an exceptional spectacle marking the fitting end to a perfect race.

Evening meal at a local restaurant (not inluded).

Day 10 > Monday 10th April, 2023 : Departure

After breakfast our optional airport transfer leaves Roubaix at 09.00 to arrive at Brussels Airport for 11.00. Please book flights to depart Brussels after 13.00 Alternatively please make your own arrangements.

Location

By Air:

Most international airlines fly into Brussels International Airport (BRU). The transfer from the airport takes about an hour but can be longer due to rush hour traffic around Brussels. Another brussels airport is Brussels South (Charleroi) but there is less choice and it’s further away as it’s about 60km south of Brussels.

By Train:

SNCB is Belgium’s national railway company. Kortrijk can be reached by train from Brussels (45 to 50 minutes), Gent (30 minutes) and Kortrijk (20 minutes).

By Car:

From the UK, drive via Brugge and Ghent to arrive at Kortrijk in just under two hours from Calais. From Brussels there are two routes. The highway route involves taking the E40 towards Gent, merging on to the E17 toward Kortrijk.

About the Tour of Flanders

The Belgian town of Oudenaarde in the Flemish Ardennes is host to the Tour of Flanders. The town comes alive in spring when Flanders Finest puts the area on the world map of cycling again.

The final 75 kilometres are the toughest part of the race. The riders are circling the area around Oudenaarde and ride cobbles climbs like the Koppenberg, Hotond and of course the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg. Riders and fans eagerly look forward to the finale in the centre of Oudenaarde. The crowds in Oudenaarde eagerly await the arrival of the riders and watch the race unfold on large TV screens. The Donkmeer and the market square are turned into the epicentre of the cycling world for a couple of days every spring.

The day before the Tour of Flanders, thousands of sportive cyclists ride their own Tour of Flanders during the 'We Ride Flanders' Cyclo. Just like the riders the next day, amateur cyclists tackle the same Flemish ‘Bergs’ and cobbled sections. From about midday, thousands of amateur cyclists  from Belgium and beyond cross the finish line in Oudenaarde. The crowds at the finish line can enjoy all that Oudenaarde has to offer.

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