Ardennes Classics Cycling Tour 2017
Amstel Gold race, Fleche Wallone and Liege Bastogne Liege
14th to 24th April 2017
New for 2017, we offer you the chance to spend 10 days at the Ardennes Spring Classics in Belgium and the Netherlands. You will stay in 4 star hotels in Maastricht, the Netherlands and Liege, Belgium.
You will start with taking part in the Cyclosportive version of the 2017 Amstel Gold Race in Holland and after this you will see 2 fantastic races, the 2017 Amstel Gold pro race, you will have VIP access on the Mur de Huy for the 2017 Fleche Wallone before riding the 2017 Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge and watching the 2017 Liege Bastogne Liege Pro race.
The 3 classic cycling events taking place in April after the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are the Amstel Gold Race, the Fleche Wallone and the Liege Bastogne Liege. These are commonly referred to as the ‘Ardennes Classics’ even though the Amstel Gold race takes place in Holland and goes nowhere near the Ardennes.
Join us for 10 days in April following the 3 Ardennes Classic. After the 2017 Amstel Gold race Sportive you can see how it should be done the following day when the professionals take to the hills of Southern Holland. Midweek, we will go to Huy for the Fleche Wallone and we will be rounding our tour off with the riding and watching the historic Liege Bastogne Liege. There will be plenty of time in between to ride this fantastic area.
More about the events included with this package:
Amstel Gold race Sportive – Saturday April 15
You can take part in the 150km Cyclosportive event which follows the latter part of the pro race route including all the short, sharp climbs like the Cauberg. There will be numerous organised feeding stations and a mechanical service present. For those not riding the Sportive, the Saturday will be at leisure in the city of Valkenburg.
Amstel Gold Race Sunday April 16
Every year in April the Amstel Gold Race takes place in the Southernmost Province of the Netherlands, Limburg. This annual cycling race starts on the market square in the city of Maastricht and finishes in the small town of Valkenburg. The Amstel Gold Race is the only Dutch World Tour Classic and has been taking place annually since 1966. The Amstel Gold Race attracts a large number of Dutch and International cycling fans each year because of its interesting list of participants. Some of the world’s best cyclists strive for victory in the race by conquering the hilly countryside of Limburg.
Fleche Wallone Wednesday April 19
The one-day Fleche Wallonne is one of three ‘Ardennes classics’ and has been part of the UCI world rankings calendar since 2009. It takes place every April in the Wallonia region of Belgium, and is currently staged midweek between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The finish of the race featured three laps of a circuit including the tough Mur de Huy climb, with several sections steeper than 15% and one section rising to 26%. The finish was at the top of the Mur after the third ascent. You have exclusive VIP hospitality on the Mur de Huy – More information here
The Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge Cyclo April 22nd
Be a part of LBL’s rich cycling history and join us for the 2017 Liege Bastogne Liege at the end of April in 2017. You have the opportunity to ride the amateur event on the Saturday with 271km, 158km and 76km distances available
Liege Bastogne Liege April 23
Liège–Bastogne–Liège, often called La Doyenne(“The Oldest”), is one of the five Monuments of the European professional road cycling calendar. Liège–Bastogne–Liège is one of the most arduous one-day races in the world because of its length and succession of steep climbs.
The race is a succession of climbs with almost no flat. In this spectacular scenery, the climbs come thick and fast and real gradients are somewhat steeper than the average stated gradients for the climbs, with several ascents over 20%.
About the Hotels:
The **** 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.
Bikes are allowed to be kept in your room as the rooms are spacious.
The hotel is located a mile away from the start and finish of all sportive distances of the 2016 Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge. 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.
The **** Crowne Plaza Maastricht:
The Crowne Plaza Maastricht is uniquely situated on the banks of the river Maas with an excellent view of the city of Maastricht. You can make use of the convenient parking facilities, excellent service in the in-house bar and restaurant, and you are in the perfect location for strolls along the river on the Maas promenade. There is also a fantastic selection of delicious dining options and high street shopping in the nearby Hoogbrugstraat and Rechtstraat.
On sunny days you can sit and relax on the terrace. Meet each other for a cup of coffee during the day in our bar Club d’Artagnan, or for a cocktail in the evening.
- Reception is 24 hours available
- Wake up service, luggage store, Room service
- Check-in From 15.00 p.m.
- Check-out Until 12.00 am
- Breakfasts on weekdays from 06.30 am until 10.00 am. During the weekend from 06.30 – 11.30 am.
- Rooms have Airconditioning, Safe, Bath, Minibar, Roomservice, Telephone, Flatscreen TV, free wireless (basic) internet
Bar ‘le Club d’Artagnan’ – bar with river view and the city of Maastricht. Opening hours 10 am until 01.00 am
Friday 14th of April:
Arrange your own flight to Brussels airport where we come to collect you. Please notify us of your flight details. We will operate transfers from Brussels airport at 11.00 and at 16.00 to avoid some of the heavy traffic.
Please note that we cannot accommodate airport transfers for flights arriving after 16:00.
We will be spending 4 nights on bed and breakfast basis at our hotel in Maastricht. At the hotel we will assist you with putting your bike together and get prepared for the Amstel Gold Race Sportive tomorrow. If you have booked to take part in the 2017 Amstel Gold Race and you have booked your entry through us, we will have your entry info and bib number ready for you on arrival at the hotel. Please note that if you get your own entry, you will have to queue in the morning before the race.
Saturday 15th of April - Amstel Gold race sportive
We offer guaranteed entry into this sold out event with lots included. Please have a look at the inclusions at the bottom of the page.
In the morning after an early breakfast you can ride the short distance to the start of the 2017 Amstel Gold race sportive. You can take part in the 150km Cyclosportive event which follows the latter part of the pro race race route including all the short, sharp climbs like the Cauberg. There will be numerous organised feeding stations and a mechanical service present. For those not riding the Sportive, the Saturday will be at leisure in the city of Valkenburg.
Sunday 16th of April - The Amstel Gold race
The Amstel Gold Race runs a total of 251 km. There are 33 climbs on the route which together make up over 4000m of climbing. The Winner of the 2016 edition was the Italian Gasparotto who repeated his 2012 victory.
- 08:00 – Buffet breakfast
- 10:15 – The start of the Amstel Gold Pro Race in the market square of Maastricht
- 12.00 – We leave our hotel and drive to the circuit where the riders will come past 3 times
- From 13.00 – see the riders come past 3 times and enjoy the atmosphere and the Amstel
- 16:45 – Estimated finish of cyclists into Valkenburg
During the race, we will stay in Valkenburg to watch the riders come past and enjoy the atmosphere. You will find various bars, restaurants and promotional stands in Valkenburg and of course plenty of Amstel beer.
Monday 17th of April:
We will take a day off today so you can enjoy being in and around Maastricht and Valkenburg. Why not visit the Amstel Gold race experience and ride the roads of the event around Valkenburg?
Tuesday 18th of April:
After breakfast we will move onto the next hotel of our tour in Liege, Belgium. No need to pack away your bikes as we will transport them fully assembled. We will spend the next 6 nights on half board basis so with breakfast and evening meals included at our centrally located hotel in Liege namely the Ramada Plaza Liege. You are allowed to keep your bike in your room with you. The rooms are nice and spacious. In the afternoon we will head over to Huy in the mini bus and take the opportunity to ride part of or the entire Fleche Wallone route. The 2017 edition of La Flèche Wallonne will start in Bastogne. The finish will be on the Mur de Huy like in 2016. After riding we will return to our base in Liege.
Wednesday 19th of April - The 2017 Fleche Wallone
Today we travel to Huy for the start of the 2017 Fleche Wallone. We will ride out with those of you who want to ride today. We have fantastic VIP access to the Mur de Huy today.
The one-day Fleche Wallonne is one of three ‘Ardennes classics’ and has been part of the UCI world rankings calendar since 2009. It takes place every April in the Wallonia region of Belgium, and is currently staged midweek between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
The finish of the race featured three laps of a circuit including the tough Mur de Huy climb, with several sections steeper than 15% and one section rising to 26%. The finish was at the top of the Mur after the third ascent.
The “Finish”on the Mur de Huy is the ‘place to be’ to watch all the action and the outcome of this race. The Mur De Huy is 1.3kms long with an average of 9.6%. It starts easy before ramping up and dropping below 10% with a maximum of 26%. With the 2 passages of the female race and the 3 passages of the male race, you will be at the heart of all the action.
The service at the VIP bus at the finish-line includes:
- Finger food
- Open bar with soft drinks, Champagne and beer
- TV screens to follow the race as it happens
Thursday 20th of April:
After breakfast today we will ride out from the hotel and discover some of the climbs of the upcoming event this weekend; the Liege Bastogne Liege.
Friday 21st of April:
After breakfast, we have to register for the Sportive tomorrow. We will give you the opportunity to take part in all distances of the Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge. 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.
Saturday 22nd April 2017 - 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 23rd of April 2016 - 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.
- 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 24th of April:
After breakfast we will travel to Brussels airport. Please book your flights after 12:00. We will run 1 transfer back to the airport in the morning.
£1799 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£700 supplement supplement for the single occupancy of a room
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information here
- Airport transfers at 11.00 and 16.00 on Friday from BRU airport and to connect with departing flights after 12.00 on Monday.
- The services of our experienced drivers, guides and the team with our customised minibus
- Entry pack waiting for you on arrival (if purchased through us)
- 10 nights in 4 star hotels with 4 nights on bed and breakfast basis in Maastricht city centre and 6 nights on half board in Liege centre
- Exclusive VIP hospitality on the Mur de Huy during the Fleche Wallone – More information
- Transport for you and your bike
- Various viewing locations at the Amstel Gold race, Fleche Wallone and Liege Bastogne Liege
- All hotel taxes
Available at additional cost:
- Amstel Gold race Cyclo-Sportive entry, 150km distance
- Liege Bastogne Liege Cyclo-Sportive entry, all distances accommodated
- Bike rental – £299 (Trek Carbon 105), £399 (Trek Carbon Ultegra) – More information
- Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
Entry Prices – Amstel Gold Race:
150km – £100 per person with lots of extras included:
Included with your Amstel Gold Race sportive entry:
- Guaranteed participation in the Tourversion Amstel Gold Race (Sportive)
- Breakfast at the VIP-pavilion
- Speech by Race Director Leo van Vliet
- Special reserved parking near the VIP-pavilion
- Special reserved shower- and changing facilities
- Guarded bicycle parking
- Photo with the ‘flower girls’
- Extensive buffet after Amstel Gold Race Toertocht (sportive)
- Unique gift
Entry Prices – Liege Bastogne Liege sportive:
Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge START & FINISH at Halles des Foires de Liège within 10 minutes ride 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 Liege Bastogne Liege 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:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
A medical certificate is not required for either of the events
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:
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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.