Spring Classics Week 1 2017
Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris Roubaix ride and watch
31st March to 10th April 2017
For 2017, we will again be offering you the chance to spend 10 days at the Spring Classics.
You will start the week doing the sportive version of the Tour of Flanders and after this you will see 2 fantastic races, the 2017 Tour of Flanders and the 2017 Scheldeprijs before riding the 2017 Roubaix Challenge and the 2017 Paris – Roubaix Pro race.
After the 2017 Tour of Flanders Sportive you can see how it should be done the following day when the professionals take to the cobbles. Midweek, we will go to Schoten for the Scheldeprijs and we will be rounding the week off with the historic Paris – Roubaix. There will be plenty of time in between to ride this fantastic area.
NH Hotel Gent
The NH Gent Belfort hotel puts leisure travellers right in the heart of the city. A 5-minute walk takes you to sights like the cathedral, castle and belfry, plus you’ve got all the bars and restaurants you need just outside the door.
Rooms vary in style – some have a classic look with soft carpets, while others have teamed a hardwood floor with contemporary colours.
Breakfast is served in the breakfast room, where waffles and pancakes feature among a long line-up of dishes.
You will stay here on bed and breakfast basis
Hotel Mercure Valenciennes – Spring Classics Week
Situated in the heart of the town, just 200m from the town hall, the 4-star Mercure Valenciennes Centre effortlessly manages to create an ambience which is both contemporary and cosy. This elegant establishment has very well-appointed and spacious rooms where you can enjoy absolute peace and quiet, whether you are here to work or just take it easy. The hotel’s enviable location and its rooms, flooded with natural light and overlooking our private garden, make it the perfect venue.
You will stay here on bed and breakfast basis.
We are pleased to offer bike rental with many of our cycling tours in 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 the 31st of March:
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 6 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the Hotel NH Ghent Belfort in the centre of Ghent. At the hotel you will be able to put your bike together and get prepared for the Sportive tomorrow.
If you have booked to take part in the 2017 Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive 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 the 1st of April - Tour of Flanders sportive
Sports Tours International offers you the opportunity to ride the Tour of Flanders route in the Cyclo-Sportive the day before the pros tackle it. There are several different courses that can be attempted. Please note that for the Flanders Cyclo-Sportive the number of participants was recently reduced by 5000, the sportive is usually over subscribed and that entries were not available on the day of the event in 2016. There are four choices of event to enter: 75km and 130km sportives, both from Oudenaarde, and 180km and the full 230km distance from Antwerp. Sports tours international will transport you from Ghent to the start of your chosen event and meet you at the finish. All the events end in Oudenaarde. All of the distances include the most notable climbs of the pro race.
For those not riding the Sportive, the Saturday will be at leisure in the city of Ghent.
Sunday the 2nd of April - The 101st Tour of Flanders Pro race
Today is the 101st edition of the Tour of Flanders Professional race for both Men and Women.
We will go to Oudenaarde where you can enjoy a full schedule of race-day events including the presentation and the start of the women’s race plus you can see the men come past once before watching the men’s and women’s finishes later in the day also in Oudenaarde.
There are large TV screens, food stalls, beer tents, everything you need for a day at the bike races.
A free shuttle service to the Oude Kwaremont runs until 12.30 where you will be able to see the men’s race come past 3 times.
After the race finishes we will take you back to Ghent from Oudenaarde.
Monday the 3rd of April:
We hope to repeat previous years programme where we went for a ride over to one of the hotels where some of the Pro teams are staying. Usually mechanics will be working on bikes and we will have the chance to chat and take some pictures. After this we will go for a short ride past the Schelde river and return to the hotel.
Tuesday the 4th of April:
After breakfast we will go for a morning ride to experience the peace and tranquillity of the Belgian country side. We will ride to the famous ‘Muur van Geraardsbergen’ which used to be one of the final climbs of the Tour of Flanders and featured prominently in many previous editions of the race but hasn’t for the past few years.
In the afternoon we will visit the Tour of Flanders museum in Oudenaarde where we will have a guided visit with cycling legend and multiple World Champion, Freddie Maertens. We will finish the day with the unmissable Belgian Beer brewery visit. You can sample some beers and taste some local cheeses and other snacks during our guided visit.
Wednesday the 5th of April - The 2016 Scheldeprijs
Today we travel to Antwerpen for the start of the 2017 Scheldeprijs. We will ride out with those of you who want to ride today. We plan to catch the race 3 times before returning to the finish where we can follow the remainder on a large TV screen 100m from the finish. Following the race we will take the minibuses back to Ghent.
Thursday the 6th of April:
After breakfast today we travel from Ghent to Valenciennes (France) where we spend 4 nights with evening meal, bed and breakfast included at the Hotel Mercure Valenciennes.
As it will be busy in Valenciennes, we will reserve a restaurant for lunch ahead of arrival at the hotel. (payable locally).
During the afternoon we will ride over to Inchy and we will ride from Inchy to the Forest of Arenberg on the cobbles. If you are riding the Roubaix Challenge on Saturday then this will be your opportunity to train on the cobbles and play around with tyre pressures.
Friday the 7th of April:
After breakfast, we will ride to the end of the Forest of Arenberg and watch the various Pro Teams come past on their reconnaissance day. Usually, many of the teams stop for a chat and photos.
We will then load the bikes onto the coach and travel to Roubaix, where we can take some photos of the Velodrome. You will have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs from the Roubaix club shop like a cobble on a plinth.
Saturday the 8th of April 2017 - Paris Roubaix Challenge
After an early breakfast, we will take you down to the start of the 2016 Paris Roubaix Challenge. At the end, we’ll be there for you at the finish in the Velodrome in Roubaix. In 2016 the showers were open to the public so hopefully you can get access again.
After everybody has finished, we will take you back to the hotel in Valenciennes so we are well located to see the pro race the day after.
All distances will start from Roubaix apart from the long distance will will start from Busigny. Both of which are about 45 minutes to 1 hour from Valenciennes.
Sunday the 9th of April 2016 - Paris Roubaix Pro race
You will be taken to the start in Compiegne, after which using our expert knowledge of the race route you will see a number of pave sections and the finish on the Velodrome at Roubaix. After the finish you will return to our hotel in Valenciennes.
Monday the 10th 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.
£1399 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£539 supplement supplement for the single occupancy of a room
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini
- Airport transfers at 11.00 and 16.00 on Friday from BRU airport and to connect with flights after 12.00 on Monday (BRU arrivals)
- The services of our experienced drivers, guides and the team
- Entry pack waiting for you on arrival in Ghent and Valenciennes (if purchased through us)
- 6 nights on bed and breakfast basis in Ghent and 4 nights on half board in Valenciennes
- Transport for you and your bike to and from the Cyclosportive starts and finishes
- A drink and sandwich at the finish of Tour of Flanders and Roubaix Sportive
- Various viewing locations at the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix
- Visit to the Tour of Flanders museum and to ‘t Huyghe’ Belgian beer brewery
Available at additional cost:
- Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportive entry, all distances accommodated
- Roubaix Challenge Cyclo-Sportive entry, all distances accommodated
- Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page.
- Bike rental – £309 (Trek Carbon 105), £419 (Trek Carbon Ultegra) - Click for more info.
Entry Prices – Roubaix Challenge:
- 172km – Starts from Busigny – 1hr transfer from Valenciennes on Saturday morning – £50
- 145km – Starts from Roubaix – 40mins from Valenciennes on Saturday morning – £35
- 70km – Starts from Roubaix – 40mins from Valenciennes on Saturday morning – £25
Entry Prices – Tour of Flanders sportive:
- 230km – Starts from Antwerp – 1hr transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £65 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
- 180km – Starts from Antwerp – 1hr transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £60 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
- 130km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £55 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
- 75km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £45 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)
- Cobble – £20
- T Shirt – £15
- Water Bottle – £6
- Official 2017 Paris-Roubaix Challenge Jersey – £45
- Official 2017 Paris-Roubaix Challenge Bib Shorts – £59
- Official 2017 Paris-Roubaix Challenge arm warmers – £59
- Official 2017 Paris-Roubaix Challenge gloves – £22
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.
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.