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Tour of Flanders 2018 (Sportive & Pro race watch)

29th March to 2nd April 2018

This classic cycling race is famous for featuring short, sharp climbs. The race starts from Antwerp and takes in the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen which proved to be the deciding climb for Philippe Gilbert’s win in 2017.
The final section of the race follows the usual finishing circuit with the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg.
Sports Tours International offers transport and accommodation for the 2018 Tour of Flanders as well as guaranteed entry and support for the Tour of Flanders RVV Cyclo Sportive. We support all 4 distance options including the opportunity to cycle the full 230 km from Antwerp.

The 2017 edition was a great race with very nice weather but disappointment for pre-race favourites Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan but a Belgian winner and number 2 in Philippe Gilbert and Greg van Avermaet with Quickstep’s Nikki Terpstra completing the podium.

The 2018 Tour of Flanders weekend will offer you the opportunity to ride in the Tour of Flanders RVV Cyclo amateur event on Saturday before watching the Pros on the Sunday. We accommodate you taking part in all RVV Cyclo-Sportive distances including the new 180km and the full distance event which will both start in Antwerp.

We also offer a fantastic selection of VIP and hospitality options for Tour of Flanders pro Race day which can be booked as ticket only with your travel package or with a Ghent city centre hotel for 1, 2 or 3 nights (transport to start and finish of hospitality included if booked with our hotel).

Travel options:

  • Weekend tour with various collection points in the UK with Thursday or Friday arrival
  • Weekend tour with airport transfers from Brussels airport or own arrival – Thursday or Friday arrival
  • Ghent city centre hotel for 1, 2 or 3 nights with VIP hospitality tickets and transport

Tour of Flanders VIP access and hospitality:
The Muur van Geraardsbergen makes its return and proved to be the place where the winner, Philippe Gilbert made his breakaway in 2017. From 2017 the start of the 2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen is in Antwerp rather than Brugge. We offer a fantastic range of official Tour of Flanders VIP and hospitality options, available through Sports Tours International as a stand alone option or if you book one of our weekend tours. If you are not on one of tours and you would like to book hospitality and a hotel stay then we also offer a hotel in Ghent city centre and transport from Ghent to and from the hospitality areas – More information here.

About the Hotels:

★★★★ 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.

★★★ Ibis Hotel Gent Kathedraal:
Hotel ibis Gent Centrum Cathedral is located in the heart of the city center, opposite the St. Bavo’s cathedral with the famous Van Eyck brother’s adoration of the lamb. Close to Belfry, city hall and castle of the counts. All rooms are equipped with the new comfortable ibis-beds and free WiFi. Recently renovated bar, lobby and reception.

Equipped with the new Sweet Bed by ibis bedding, the practical and inviting ibis room boasts all the features you want most: large double bed 2 twin beds), desk, internet, TV with all the best channels and a bathroom with shower or bathtub.

The authentic city of Gent offers art and culture, cosiness and lots of shopping possibilities. Restaurants in front of the hotel on the St. Bavo’s square and along the different canals.
You will stay here on bed and breakfast basis.

Planned itinerary for the 2018 event:

Summary of the weekend:
(See below for full details)

Thursday:

  • Minibus collections in the UK from various collection points
  • Airport transfers from Brussels airport – if you choose this option
  • Arrival in Ghent in the evening at about 20.00 or earlier if you are flying into Brussels
  • Welcome in Ghent, bike building

Friday:

  • Coach collections in the UK from various collection points
  • Airport transfers from Brussels airport – if you choose this option
  • Arrival in Ghent in the evening at about 20.00 or earlier if you are flying into Brussels
  • Welcome in Ghent, bike building
  • Entries available on arrival at the hotel so no need to go and register in Oudenaarde

Saturday:

  • Early 1 hr transfer to Antwerp for long distance – Start is between 07.00 and 08.00am
  • Early transfer to Oudenaarde for the shorter distances – Start from 07.00 – 09.00 for mid distance and 07.00 – 10.00 for short distance. All events finish in Oudenaarde
  • Private assistance point en route (long distance only)
  • Drink and sandwich at the finish before going back to Ghent
  • Transfers back from Oudenaarde to Ghent in order of finishing time

Sunday:

  • Transfer from Ghent to the VIP experiences start points if you have booked a ticket
  • Transfer to Antwerp for those who want to see the start
  • Transfer to Oudenaarde to watch the women’s and men’s races
  • Option to take free shuttle to Oude Kwaremont from Oudenaarde before 12.30
  • Transfers back to Ghent from Oudenaarde after finish

Monday:

  • Return transsport to the UK and airport transfer to Brussels airport

Full Details:

Thursday 29th March:
On Thursday as well as Friday we offer the option to take our transport to Ghent from the UK. We offer a selection of collection points in the UK but please book early as we have limited availability.

Vehicle 1:

  • Leeds City Square and travelling down the M1 – Please contact us to check your collection point is available along this route

Vehicle 2:

  • Horwich Parkway and travels down the M6 and M40 – Please contact us to check your collection point is available along this route.

Flying in to Brussels?
If you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking one of the coaches from the UK, we will also be running a transfer from the airport to our hotel in Ghent. Tell us of your flight details at the time of booking and we will collect you from Brussels airport at either 11.00 or at 16.00. Airport transfers for flights after 16:00 cannot be accommodated. On departure we provide one single transfer back to Brussels airport straight after breakfast for flights after 12:00.

If you choose this option then you will be staying at the Hotel NH Ghent Belfort in the city centre of Ghent on a bed and breakfast basis.

Driving yourself to Ghent?
If you make your own way to Ghent and come and meet us at the hotel, then please let us know in advance. We will still provide your entry on arrival and we will still be able to provide transfers on Sportive day and Pro race day. We advise you to arrange your parking in advance.

Friday 30th March:
Today is about getting you to Ghent via your preferred method, You can make your own way by car or air or you can travel with us on our UK coach which will make collections at various points in the UK before crossing by ferry to Calais and then Ghent.

Coach collection points:
Our coach will be equipped with a bike trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike boxes or bags. We have selected our collection points based on ease of accessibility, parking facilities and location. Please click on the link to see what services are available at or near the various pick up points.

We will sail from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00 to spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast at the Ibis Kathedraal in Ghent.

Flying in to Brussels?
If you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking one of the coaches from the UK, we will also be running a transfer from the airport to our hotel in Ghent. Tell us of your flight details at the time of booking and we will collect you from Brussels airport at either 11.00 or at 16.00. Airport transfers for flights after 16:00 cannot be accommodated. On departure we provide one single transfer back to Brussels airport straight after breakfast for flights after 12:00.

If you choose this option then you will be staying at the Hotel NH Ghent Belfort in the city centre of Ghent on a bed and breakfast basis.

Driving yourself to Ghent?
If you make your own way to Ghent and come and meet us at the hotel, then please let us know in advance. We will still provide your entry on arrival and we will still be able to provide transfers on Sportive day and Pro race day. We advise you to arrange your parking in advance.

Saturday 31st March – 2018 Tour of Flanders Sportive:
The longer distance sportives will start from Antwerp and will both take in the Muur van Geraardsbergen. The 2 shorter distances both start in Oudenaarde. All sportives finish in Oudenaarde.

In the morning after an early breakfast we will make our way to Oudenaarde and Antwerp for the start of the Tour of Flanders sportives. Those who take part in the longer events will be taken to the start of the race which is in Antwerp, approximately 55km away from Ghent. The other 2 distances will start from Oudenaarde. At the finish we will be waiting for you with a well-deserved complimentary drink and sandwich and you and your bike will be transported back to Ghent in order of finish times.

Sunday 1st April – The 2018 Tour of Flanders:
The 101st Tour of Flanders was won in spectacular fashion by reigning Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert who broke away on the Muur van Geraardsbergen and solo’ed to the win. Today is the day of the 102nd Tour of Flanders Professional race. You can spectate at the start in Antwerp before coming to Oudenaarde with us or go straight to Oudenaarde.

Option 1 – Antwerp and Oudenaarde:
For those who wish to see the start, we will set off very early to get to Antwerp. After watching the start we will move to Oudenaarde where you can stay, or take the free shuttle over to ‘de Oude Kwaremont’ – the last shuttle bus will leave from Oudenaarde at 12.30 (please note that we may not get back in time to catch the 12.30 cut off in which case you need to stay in Oudenaarde).

  1. Ghent to Antwerp – Collection at 06.00 from Ghent
  2. Antwerp to Oudenaarde – Collection from Antwerp at 11.00 to go to Oudenaarde
  3. Oudenaarde to Ghent at the end of the day – Collection at 18.30 from Oudenaarde

Option 2 – Ghent to Oudenaarde:

  1. Ghent to Oudenaarde – Collection from Ghent at 08.00
  2. Oudenaarde to Ghent at the end of the day – Collection at 18.30

For those not going to the start, we will take you to Oudenaarde. There will be large TV screens, plentiful food, a bar, everything you need for a day at the bike races. There will also be a free shuttle 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. You will also get the chance to see the women’s 2018 Tour of Flanders.

Oudenaarde Itinerary:

  • 11.00: start of Tour of Flanders for women in the Oudenaarde marketplace
  • 12.25: Passage women on the Wolvenberg
  • 12.30: Passage Tour of Flanders men at the market in Oudenaarde
  • 13.10: Passage Eikenberg and Wolvenberg
  • 13.15: Passage cobblestone zone Ruiterstraat/Kerkgate
  • 14.45: Finish women at Minderbroedersstraat in Oudenaarde
  • 15.10: Passage men Koppenberg
  • 16.10: Finish men at Minderbroedersstraat in Oudenaarde

Monday 2nd April – Departure day:
Today we will be returning home, taking an afternoon ferry to Dover, with the below approximate arrival times in the UK:

  • London 16.00hrs,
  • Birmingham 19.00hrs,
  • Manchester 21.00hrs,

Please note that these times are approximate and subject to change so please bear this in mind for your onward travel arrangements.

We will run 1 departure transfer which will arrive at Brussels airport at 10.00 so please book flights that depart after 12.00 today.

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Weekend tour from the UK at Hotel Ibis Kathedraal ***
Thu arrival – £ based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
Thu arrival £ supplement for the sole occupancy of a single room
Fri arrival – £ based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
Fri arrival £ supplement for the sole occupancy of a single room

Brussels arrival and self-drive at Hotel NH Ghent Belfort ****:
Thu arrival – £ based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
Thu arrival £ supplement for the sole occupancy of a single room
Fri arrival – £ based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
Fri arrival £ supplement for the sole occupancy of a single room

What’s Included:

  • 3 or 4 nights hotel at the Ibis Kathedraal*** (UK coach tours)
  • 3 or 4 nights hotel at the NH Ghent Belfort**** (self-drive, Brussels airport arrival or hotel with VIP hospitality tickets)
  • 3 or 4 breakfasts at convenient times for the events
  • Return coach travel from various pick up locations in the UK (UK coach tours)
  • Bike transport in a trailer for your bike in a box or bag
  • Airport transfers (Brussels arrivals)
  • Ferry crossings (UK coach tours)
  • The services of our Sports Tours International staff
  • Coach transport to Antwerp and/or Oudenaarde on Tour of Flanders day
  • A packed lunch on the day of the Tour of Flanders Sportive
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information here

Also available:

  • Entry into the Tour of Flanders Cyclo Sportive. Prices and details below
  • Door to door overland bike transport from the UK
  • Bike rental – £129 (Trek Carbon 105), £189 (Trek Carbon Ultegra) – More information
  • Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
  • Tour of Flanders VIP access and hospitality – More information here

Tour of Flanders Cyclo Sportive/ RVV Cyclo 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. There are four choices of event to enter: 75km  and 130km sportives, both from Oudenaarde, and 180km and the full 230km distance from Antwerp. We 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.

  • 230km – Starts from Antwerp – 1hr transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £70*
  • 180km – Starts from Antwerp – 1hr transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £65*
  • 130km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £60*
  • 75km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £50*

*€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish

Your Flanders Sportive entry delivered to you....
If you have ordered your Flanders entry through us, we will register on your behalf and your number will be available for you at your hotel in Ghent on Friday at no extra charge. If you get your own entry, you will have to join the queue with many others to collect your race number.


HOW TO BOOK:

Bookings open soon

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.

Please look here for our full booking conditions.

Important Information:

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 traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page.General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
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 cycling events if you will be doing so. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

 

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