Tour of Flanders 2015
3rd to 6th April 2015
Why not join us and over 100,000 cycling fans at the 2015 Tour of Flanders (or Ronde van Vlaanderen to give this cycling classic its Belgian title) for a fantastic weekend of watching the cycling professionals take on one of the finest Cycling Classics?
As this is Easter weekend we have decided to arrive on the Thursday to avoid some of the Holiday traffic and to give you some more time to prepare before the cyclo-sportive and to enjoy the marvellous town of Ghent.
If you want to still travel on Good Friday, we offer you the opportunity to book our 3 day travel package with flight arrival at Brussels international airport. Book early though to get a good price on your flights.
Please note that for Flanders Cyclo Sportive the amount of participants were reduced by 5000 recently and also this year entries will not be available on the day of the event. At Sports Tours International we can offer you guaranteed entries to this iconic cycling event.
In 2014 the Tour of Flanders Sportive sold out so ensure you get your entry in advance through us and we will collect your entry for you and have it waiting for you at your hotel on arrival in Ghent.
Click here for an overview of the Climbs of the Tour of Flanders.
Planned itinerary for the 2015 event:
Thursday the 2nd of April:
Our touring coaches will be equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags. We have selected our collection points based on ease of accessibility, parking facilities and location in the country. Please click on the link to see what services are available at or near the various pick up points.
Coach collection points:
We will take a sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 4 nights on bed and breakfast at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Opera in Ghent.
Friday the 3rd of April:
Brussels Airport arrival:
If you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will also be running a transfer from the airport to our hotel in Ghent. Note that this is a 3 night trip.
Please advise us of your flight details at the time of booking and we will come and collect you from Brussels airport at either 11.00 or at 16.00.
If you choose this option then you will be staying at the Hotel Gravensteen in the city centre of Ghent.
Your Flanders Sportive Entry:
Daily itinerary for those who arrived on Thursday:
If you have ordered your Flanders entry through us, we will register on your behalf and your number will be available for you on arrival in Gent at no extra charge. If you get your own entry, you will have to join the queue in the morning with many others to collect your race number.
After breakfast we will be on hand to assist you with preparing your bike for tomorrow's event. We will organise a guided ride to Oudenaarde to have a look at tomorrow's finish area for those who are interested. For those who feel less energetic our guide will take you for a walk around Ghent to have a look at some of the nice areas. The rest of today is free to have a look around the lovely city of Ghent.
This evening our staff will hold a race day briefing to give you some details about tomorrow's event.
Saturday the 4th of April - The Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive event:
There will be the option of taking part in either the 259km, 133km or 83km Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive event that follows the latter part of the race route including all the famous climbs.
Those who take part in the 259km big one will be taken to the start of the race in Brugge, aproximately 55km away from Ghent. The other 2 distances will start from Oudenaarde which is about 30km from Ghent.
In the morning after an early breakfast you will walk the 10 minutes across to the central coach collection point where we will load the bikes and make our way to the Qubus in Oudenaarde where the start will be of today's Tour of Flanders sportive. Full distance riders will take the coach over to Brugge.
All distances will finish in Oudenaarde. Be careful to stop at the correct finish line however as the official finish for tomorrow's Pro race is crossed by you before you cross the finish of the Tour of Flanders Sportive. At the finish we will be waiting for you with a well-deserved drink and sandwich.
For those not riding the Sportive, the Saturday will be at leisure in the city of Ghent.
Sunday the 5th of April - The Tour of Flanders Pro Race:
Today is the Tour of Flanders Professional race for both Men and Women.
We will take you to Oudenaarde for about 09.00 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 womens'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.
There is also a free shuttle service to the Oude Kwaremont which runs until 12.30 where you will be able to see the riders of the men's race come past 3 times.
After the race finishes we will take the coach back to Ghent from Oudenaarde.
Monday the 6th of April:
Return home, taking an afternoon sailing to Dover, with approximate arrival times of- London 16.00hrs, Birmingham 19.00hrs, Manchester 21.00hrs, Leeds 22.00hrs.
The city of Ghent:
Ghent offers plenty of churches and historic buildings that are worth a visit. Those who wish to experience art are in the right place as well in Ghent. You will find many museums. Those who enjoy shopping, enjoy a gourmet dinner or go out to enjoy some beers in Ghent will be pleased as well with the many outside terraces, cosy squares and restaurants.
Ibis Ghent Centrum Opera
4 night coach will stay at this hotel
Situated next to its namesake Opera House in the heart of historical Ghent, the Hotel Ibis Gent Centrum Opera is certainly strategically located. Its prestigious address places guests within easy walking distance of all of the city’s attractions. Its famous cathedral, bustling pedestrian zone, various monuments and remarkable restaurants are all easily accessible. The hotel facilities include a lounge, breakfast room, WiFi and a bar serving snacks 24 hours a day . The hotel has 137 modern rooms with all amenities, such as television, telephone and bathroom with shower and toilet.
Brussels airport arrivals will stay at this hotel
Hotel Gravensteen is situated in the centre of Ghent, opposite of the famous Castle of the Counts. The hotel has 49 rooms all equipped with a private bathroom with bath and/or shower, individual heating, satellite television, direct dial telephone, minibar, hair dryer, safe, wireless internet. Each morning a rich and varied breakfast buffet is served from 7am
To relax after your working day or visiting our beautiful city you can enjoy the fitness room with sauna. You can choose from standard and superior rooms at this hotel. In the hotel's cosy bar “De Donjon” you can taste the best and world famous Belgium beers!
The hotel has its own private car park. Please book this in advance.
UK coaches: (Bookings now closed for this option)
COST: £449 per person, based on sharing a twin room
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £199
COST: £379 per person, based on sharing a twin room (£429 for an executive twin room)
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £149 (standard rooms only)
What's not included? (Not exclusive):
- Return coach travel (with bike) from the UK (4 night UK coach option)
- Airport transfers from Brussels airport at set times (3 night Brussels option)
- In-resort coach transfers on Sportive and Pro Race day
- 4 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in central Ghent (3 nights for Brussels arrivals)
- Service of our guides
- Bib number on arrival if you get your entry through us
- Bike storage at the hotel in Ghent
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Sandwich at the finish of the Sportive
- Travel insurance (don't forget to insure your bike)
- Meals other than those specified
- Any hotel extras (room service/ telephone/ mini-bar etc)
- Drinks with meals
- Entry into the 2015 Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive with medal and T shirt - option to purchase
- Bike transfers are included if you take one of our coach options.
SPORTIVE ENTRY: All entries include the timing chip, a medal and a T shirt plus lots of extras, please see list below:
83km - £35
133km - £40
245km - £45
All entries get the following Participation package
- Tour of Flanders Cyclo racing bottle
- Free insurance
- A video chip that gives you the opportunity to look up your own video of your unforgettable journey. Registration by 21 cameras at 7 key locations on the course.
- Live images on the website and track trace function so that the people at home do not miss your performance
- An exclusive certificate
- Plenty of provisions at every checkpoint, including Aptopnia, water, Chiquita bananes, wafels,...
- Technical service (Shimano)
- An itinerary
- Medical service, at every checkpoint and at the finish
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.
Please note, if you do not take our option for the cyclo-sportive and you want to ride, you need to enter yourself directly with the race organiser but you will have to queue to register in the morning before the race to collect your race number.
TWIN TO SHARE OPTION:
Please also note that for the 2015 Flanders Cyclo Sportive the entries will not be available on the day of the event as the event is likely to sell out in advance. At Sports Tours International we can offer you guaranteed entries to this iconic cycling event.
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.
HOW TO BOOK:
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