Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge and Pro Race 2017
21st to 24th April 2017
Join us for a weekend riding the Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge on the Saturday ahead of watching the professionals on the Sunday. We offer a coach trip from the UK or arrival via Brussels airport.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the oldest of cycling’s classics. First run in 1892, Liege Bastogne Liege, or LBL as it is also called, takes you through the hilliest parts of Belgium, along routes typical of the Ardennes.
Liege Bastogne Liege is nicknamed ‘La Doyenne’ as it is the oldest race out of the classics which is still taking place today. Don’t be fooled and think that Belgium is flat. This race takes in plenty of steep, hilly sections and makes for some dramatic racing.
The new route with the uphill finish sections and the cold and wet weather whittled the Peloton down until just a small group was left. Strongest on the day was Team Sky’s Dutch ace Wout Poels who delivered Team Sky their first victory in a Cycling Monument. Liège offers a wealth of tourist, cultural and commercial attractions all year round. With a great selection of museums, shows, exhibitions, concerts and gastronomic delights.
Ramada Plaza Liege:
The hotel is a beautifully converted 17th Century convent located in the historic city centre on the banks of the river La Meuse. This centrally located, 4-star hotel is less than a 15 minutes walk from the central station and shopping area. There is FREE WiFi internet access for all guests.
The hotel is located a mile away from the start and finish of all sportive distances of the 2016 Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge directions here
Motorways to Germany, Holland, France, Luxembourg, Brussels and Liege are accessible within a short space of time and there is on-site parking for guests.
Liège offers a wealth of tourist, cultural and commercial attractions all year round. With a great selection of museums, shows, exhibitions, concerts and gastronomic delights.
We are pleased to offer bike rental with many of our cycling tours in 2016 and 2017.
Your bike will be delivered to your hotel on arrival and it will be collected from you on departure. All bikes come with 2 bottle cages, a bike pump, a saddle bag with tube, tyre levers and a tool. Please note that you have to bring your own pedals and helmet and of course cycling clothing.
Available sizes are: 50-52-54-56-58-60 and we have 3 different models to choose from.
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Friday April 21st – Arrival day:
We’ll have an afternoon sailing to Calais, arriving in for about Liege 20:00hrs. We will spend the next 3 nights on Half Board basis so with breakfast and evening meals included at our centrally located hotel in Liege namely the Ramada Plaza Liege. On Sunday we will also provide you with a packed lunch as we may have limited time to stop for lunch. For those of you who have bought an entry through us, we will hand out your race numbers for tomorrow’s amateur event to you this evening. You are allowed to keep your bike in your room with you. The rooms are nice and spacious.
UK collection points:
Our touring coaches equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags will make collections at:
- Leeds City Square at approximately 05.00
- Birch Services – M62 Westbound
- Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound)
- Keele Services (M6)
- Norton Canes services (M6 Southbound)
- Newport Pagnell M1
- South Mimms
- Thurrock services (M25)
- Dover Docks
Brussels airport arrivals:
If you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will also be running 2 transfers from the airport to our hotel in Liege, at 12.00 and at 19.00. Please advise us of your flight details at the time of booking and we will come and collect you from Brussels airport at the above times only.
Self drive arrivals:
Alternatively make your own way to the Hotel Ramada Plaza. Don’t forget to arrange your parking directly with the hotel in advance.
Saturday April 22nd – Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge
After an early breakfast, ride the short distance from the hotel to the start. There will be the option of taking part in either the 271km, 158km or 76km events. For those not riding the sportive the day will be at leisure in the city of Liege.
As the start and finish are so near it is easy to get to the start in the morning and back to the hotel straight after the finish. We will provide an additional feed and mechanical stop en route with our support minibus. After the Challenge, we will have dinner together at the hotel and our reps will brief you about tomorrow’s Pro event.
Sunday April 23rd – 2017 Liege Bastogne Liege
Our location in Liege is ideal for accessing the start area where you will be able to see the teams arrive, after which we take you to numerous points along the route to get as many sightings of the race as we can, including the steep hills of the Cote St Roch, Cote de Wanne, Cote de Wanneville, Cote de La Redoute and the finish in Ans.
Today’s schedule in brief:
- Registration and start area: Place Saint-Lambert, Liege at 15 minutes walking distance from the Ramada Hotel
- Rider’s signing on: From 8h55 until 10h05
- Final call at 10h10
- ‘Départ fictif’ at 10h15, place Saint-Lambert
- Official start at 10h30, after a 7,3 km procession from the start and registration area
After watching the start we will return to the hotel to get on the coach and we will take you to various vantage points en-route. No need to worry about lunch as we will bring it with us. The finish of the 2017 Liege Bastogne Liege is likely to be in Ans again which is only 5km from the hotel. After watching the finish, we will take you the short distance back to the hotel and enjoy our final evening meal at the Hotel Ramada.
Monday April 24th
We will run one transfer to Brussels Airport, leaving at 10:00. Please book a flight to depart after 13:00.
The coach will depart Liege after breakfast, taking a ferry at around 13:30, arriving in Dover at 14:00.
Prices – Coach from the UK:
£499 based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
£199 supplement for the sole occupancy of a single room
Prices – Brussels arrival and self-drive:
£479 based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
£199 supplement for the sole occupancy of a single room
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information here
- 3 nights hotel accommodation at the 4 star Ramada Plaza Liege
- 3 breakfasts at convenient times for the events
- 2 evening meals Friday and Saturday so you can go out in liege on Sunday
- Return coach travel from various pick up locations in the UK
- Bike transport in a trailer for your bike in a box or bag
- Airport transfers (Brussels arrivals)
- Ferry crossings
- The services of our Sports Tours International staff
- Coach transport to various viewing locations on Pro Race day
- A packed lunch on the day of the Liege Bastogne Liege Pro race
- Bike storage at the hotel in your room
Available at additional cost:
- Entry into Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge available. Prices and details below
- Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
- Bike rental – £129 (Trek Carbon 105), £199 (Trek Carbon Ultegra) - Click for more info.
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge START & FINISH
Halles des Foires de Liège within 10 minutes from our hotel.
You can start:
- £40 – 271 km: between 6:30am & 7:30am
- £35 – 158 km: between 6:30am & 9:30am
- £30 – 76 km: between 8:00am & 10:00am
The finish in Liège will be closed officially at 8pm.
Included with your entry:
- Event insurance (helmet is compulsory)
- Plenty of provisions en route including sports drinks, fruit and snacks
- Timing and video-recording with chip on 4 climbs
- Technical and medical service
- An itinerary
- Massage at finish
- An exclusive medal and certificate
- LBL Challenge t-shirt
Your ascent will be timed on these sections:
- Côte du Rosier: 4500m – 5.7%
- Côte de La Redoute: 2100m – 9.7%
- Col du Maquisard: 3000m – 5.1%
- Côte de St. Nicolas: 1000m – 7.6%
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person, plus the full race entry fee, which is non-returnable once booked. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Please look here for our full booking conditions
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options.
A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.