2013 Spring Classics Week Cycling Holiday
(Including coach travel from the UK)
- 8th April 2013
For 2013, we will again be offering you the chance to spend a week at the Spring Classics. You will start the week doing the sportive version of the Tour of Flanders and after this you will see 3 fantastic races, the Tour of Flanders, the Scheldeprijs and Paris - Roubaix.
After the 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 the fantastic area.
At Sports Tours International we have been operating trips to the Spring Classics since 1990. With more than 20 years experience, we have the inside track of each and every race and we can get you to the best vantage points to make sure you are right at the heart of the action!
Please note that if you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will come and collect you from Brussels airport.
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Friday the 29th of March:
Our touring coaches equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags will make collections at:
Leeds Queens Hotel (City Square)
Sheffield Train Station
Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)
London (Double Tree by Hilton)
Dover Eastern Docks (Ferry Terminal)
We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact us for more details)
We take a mid-afternoon sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.30hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast at the centrally located hotel Ibis in Ghent.
Manchester Victoria Train Station
Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound)
Keele Services (M6)
Junction 7 (M6)
Birmingham International Train Station (N.E.C.)
Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)
We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact for more details).
We take a mid-afternoon sailing from Dover to Calais, and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.30hrs, where we spend 6 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the centrally located Hotel Novotel in Ghent. The hotel is in the centre of Gent and the rooms have free WIFI and free coffee and tea making facilities.
Please note that if you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will come and collect you from Brussels airport. Please select the travel package without transfers from the UK.
If you have booked to take part in the Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive 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 up in the morning before the race.
Saturday the 30th of March: TOUR OF FLANDERS CYCLO SPORTIVE
There will be the option of taking part in either the 150km or 75km Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive event that follows the latter part of the race route including all the famous climbs. For those not bringing bikes, the day will be at leisure in the city of Ghent. We will have a Sports Tours International vehicle which will support as many of you as possible, giving feeds and mechanical back up, but there will be numerous organised feeding stations and mechanical service present. (Please note - we are not able to offer the 240km sportive).
Sunday the 31st of March: TOUR OF FLANDERS PRO RACE
Today is the Tour of Flanders Professional race. We will use our expert knowledge of the region to see the race at numerous locations, including the famous cobbled climbs of Flanders.
Monday 1st of April:
We hope to repeat previous year’s program where we visited the famous Eddy Merckx factory in the morning and in the afternoon we had a bike ride through the Flanders countryside.
Tuesday 2nd of April:
We hope to meet up with one of the pro teams and have a morning ride with them. In previous years we have met up with CSC & Liberty Seguros. In the afternoon we visit the Tour of Flanders museum in Oudenaarde.
Wednesday 3rd of April: THE SCHELDEPRIJS
Today we travel to Antwerpen for the start of the 101st Scheldeprijs. Using our expert knowledge of the region we hope to see the race at numerous locations and the finish back in Antwerpen. Will the 2011 world champion Mark Cavendish win again like he did 2 years ago?
Thursday 4h of April:
After breakfast today we travel from Ghent to Valenciennes (France) where we spend 4 nights on dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Hotel Novotel. Those with bikes can ride from Ghent to Valenciennes.
Friday 5th of April:
After breakfast, you'll be taken to the registration for the Paris Roubaix Challenge in St Quentin. After this, you'll have some time to take a short ride and make sure your bike is in full working order to the event on Saturday.
Alternatively you can ride the 80km to St Quentin and we will take you back on the bus. We will be able to drop you half way there as well if preferred.
PLEASE NOTE, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A DOCTOR'S NOTE STATING THERE ARE NO KNOWN MEDICAL REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT COMPETE. PLEASE VISIT OUR MEDICAL CERTIFICATION PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Saturday 6th of April: ROUBAIX CHALLENGE
After an early breakfast, we will take you down to the start of the Paris Roubaix Challenge for the big event! At the end, we'll be there for you at the finish in the Velodrome in Roubaix.
After everybody has finished, we will take you back to the hotel in Valenciennes so we are well located to see the race the day after.
Sunday 7th April: PARIS - ROUBAIX PRO RACE
You will be taken to the start in Compiegne, after which using our expert knowledge of the race route and you will see a number of pave sections such as the Forest of Arenberg and the finish on the Velodrome at Roubaix. After the finish you will return to our hotel in Valenciennes.
Monday 8th April:
Return travel to the UK.
Cost: £1099 per person in a twin room, sharing
- Return executive coach transport to St Quentin, France
- Bike transport
- Bike storage at the hotels
- All in-resort transport for you and your bike
- A choice of UK collection and drop off points
- Ferry crossings
- 6 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the centrally located Hotel Novotel in Ghent
- 4 nights on dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Hotel Novotel. Please note that evening meals will be taken at a nearby restaurant.
- The services of our experienced Sports Tours guides and drivers.
What's not included:
- Evening meals and lunches
- Travel insurance
- Any hotel extras
- Event entry to the Tour of Flanders and Roubaix Challenge (Available as a bookable extra)
Single room supplement: £489
Twin to Share Option:
Do you want to take part in this great event but your mates are not into cycling or they can't get time off work? Use our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another person so you don't have to pay the sole occupancy supplement.
Deposit required at time of booking: £380
(If you select the race entry for the Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive and/or the Roubaix Challenge, this is payable in addition to the standard deposit and this part of it is non-refundable).
Whilst we try very hard to deliver your tour itinerary as specified at the time of booking, sometimes circumstances beyond our control may prevent us from providing the exact tour itinerary that is advertised and in such circumstances we do not assume liability for any loss of the advertised elements of the itinerary. Please see our Terms and Conditions for further details.
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit of £400 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.
Visas are not required to enter France. You need a passport or a National Identity Card (see the website of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS)) to enter France. As a British passport holder or National Identity Card holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. For links to important websites, click here.
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