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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:
East Coast coach:
The coach 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 Kathedraal in Ghent.
West Coast Coach:
These 2 coaches 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.
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:
Friday the 3rd of April:
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:
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:
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.
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.Ibis Ghent Opera Kathedraal
The West Coast and South Coast coach will stay at this hotel
The hotel facilities include a lounge, breakfast room, WiFi and a bar serving snacks 24 hours a day. The hotel has 120 modern rooms with all amenities, such as television, telephone and bathroom with shower and toilet. Restaurants are in the vicinity of the hotel. In the district Patershol you can find several famous restaurants, such as Charles the Bold and the case and the Wise Fool. There are also many bars and shops located in this lively and trendy neighbourhood. Patershol is one of the oldest areas of Ghent, where the streets are a maze and take you back to the Middle Ages. There are about 100 restored, listed buildings and in between you will find some new constructions as well.Hotel Gravensteen
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!
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