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Tour of Flanders 2017 (Sportive & Pro race watch)

30th March to 3rd April 2017

Why not join us and over 100,000 cycling fans at the 2017 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?

Sports Tours International offers transport and accommodation for the 2017 Tour of Flanders as well as guaranteed entry and support for the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive. We support all 3 distance options including the opportunity to cycle the full 227 km from Brugge.

The 100th Tour of Flanders was won in spectacular fashion by reigning world champion Peter Sagan, leaving Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke in his dust as he solo’ed to the win. The women’s race was won by world champion Lizzie Armistead.

Take the opportunity to ride the Tour of Flanders route in the Cyclo-Sportive the day before the pros do it. Please note that for the Flanders Cyclo-Sportive the amount of participants was recently reduced by 5000 and also that entries were not available on the day of the event. 

Following feedback from our customers in 2016, we will now offer the option to arrive on the Thursday which allows you to have an extra day in Ghent to take your time to get ready for the Sportive on the Saturday. A coach from the UK is available as well as airport transfers from Brussels airport.

UK coach options and airport transfers from Brussels are also available on Friday. As those arriving on the coaches from the UK will arrive in the evening and bikes have to be prepared so they are ready for the Sportive on Saturday, we offer a buffet at the Hotel Ibis Opera on arrival to save time.

Tour of Flanders 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. 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 three choices of event to enter: 71 km  and 129km sportives, both from Oudenaarde, and the full 227km distance from Brugge. 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.

Your Flanders Sportive Entry:
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 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.

Bike Hire:
We are pleased to offer bike rental with many of our cycling tours in 2016 and 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.
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Planned itinerary for the 2017 event:

Thursday the 30th of March:
Following our client’s feedback we offer the option to arrive today. You can either choose our coach option from the UK with the below pick up points or alternatively fly into Brussels International Airport where we can come and collect you at 11.00 or 16.00.

UK Thursday Coach to Ibis Kathedraal:

  • Leeds City Square at approximately 05.00
  • Birch Services – M62 Westbound
  • Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound)
  • Keele Services (M6)
  • Norton Canes services (M6 Southbound)
  • Newport Pagnell M1
  • South Mimms
  • Thurrock services (M25)
  • Maidstone
  • Dover Docks

We will sail from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 4 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Kathedraal in Ghent.

Friday the 31st of 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 one of three coaches we will be running.

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.

East Coast Coach:

West Coast Coach:

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 Centrum Opera 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 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 the 1st of April:
In the morning after an early breakfast we will make our way to Oudenaarde for the start of the Tour of Flanders sportive. Those who take part in the 227km one will be taken to the start of the race in Bruges, approximately 55km away from Ghent. The other 2 distances will start from Oudenaarde. All distances finish in Oudenaarde. At the finish we will be waiting for you with a well-deserved complimentary drink and sandwich.

Sunday the 2nd of April:
Today is the day of the 101st Tour of Flanders Professional race. You can spectate at the start in Brugge before coming to Oudenaarde with us or go straight to Oudenaarde. For those who wish to see the start, we will set off very early to get to Brugge. After watching the start we will move to Oudenaarde where you can stay, or take the free shuttle over to de Oude Kwaremont. (note that we may not get back in time to catch the 12.30 cut off).

For those not going to the start, we will take you to Oudenaarde for about 09.00am, 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 2017 Tour of Flanders, so impressively won by world champion Lizzie Armistead last year. This starts from Oudenaarde at 11am, makes a passage through the town again just after 12 noon, before coming back over the same final section as the men’s race, to finish about 3pm or so.

Monday the 3rd of April:
Today we will be returning home, taking an afternoon ferry to Dover, with approximate arrival times:

  • London 16.00hrs,
  • Birmingham 19.00hrs,
  • Manchester 21.00hrs,
  • Leeds 22.00hrs.

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

Hotels:
Ibis Ghent Centrum Opera
3 night East and West coach will stay at this hotel

The ibis hotel Gent Centrum Opera is located in the heart of Ghent’s historical centre, with the St Bavo Cathedral and St James’ Church just steps away.

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.

Ghent offers many cultural pleasures, including the Huis van Alijn, the Arnold Vander Haeghen Museum and St Peter’s Abbey. Take advantage of the 24-hour bar, free WI-FI access or paying HSIA internet access.

You will stay here on bed and breakfast basis.

Hotel Ibis Kathedraal
This hotel will be used for the South Coast Coach Trip

Hotel ibis Gent Centrum Cathedral is located in the heart of the city centre, 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. Parking possibilities under hotel or Parking Reep (both paying). Also easy access with public transport (Station Gent St. Pieters 3km/Station Gent Dampoort 2 km)

You will stay here on bed and breakfast basis.

Hotel NH Ghent:
This hotel will be used for Brussels Airport and Self Drive Arrivals.

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.

 

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UK Coach on Thursday – staying at Hotel Ibis Ghent Kathedraal:
£479 per person based on sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis
£179 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

East Coach on Friday – staying at Hotel Ibis Ghent Centrum Opera:
£389 per person based on sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis
£129 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

West Coach on Friday – staying at Hotel Ibis Ghent Centrum Opera:
£389 per person based on sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis
£129 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

Fly in and out of Brussels International Airport (not Charleroi/ Brussels South) or arriving by car – Staying at Hotel NH Ghent Belfort:

Thursday March 30th arrival:
£529 per person based on sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis
£249 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

Friday March 31st arrival:
£449 per person based on sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis
£199 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

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. Please also note that for the 2017 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.

What's included?:

  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More info here
  • A selection of collection points throughout the UK (UK coaches) on Thursday and Friday
  • Coach transport for you and your bike and ferry crossings (UK coaches)
  • Airport transfers at 11.00 and 16.00 on Thursday and Friday from BRU airport and to connect with flights after 12.00 on Monday (BRU arrivals)
  • A welcome buffet at the Ibis Opera on Friday night on arrival for those arriving in the evening by coach
  • The services of our experienced coach driver, guide and the team in Ghent
  • Entry pack available on Friday night so waiting for you on arrival in Ghent if you arrive that day (only if purchased through us)
  • 3 or 4 nights on bed and breakfast basis in your chosen hotel in Ghent
  • Transport for you and your bike to and from the Sportive start and finish
  • An additional assistance point en-route for the long distance riders plus a drink and sandwich at the finish in Oudenaarde after the Sportive for all riders
  • Return transport to watch the Tour of Flanders pro race on Sunday in Oudenaarde

Available at additional cost:

  • Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportive entry, all distances accommodated
  • Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page.
  • Bike Hire from £129 - Click for more info.

Entry Prices:

227km – Starts from Brugge – 1hr transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £60 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)

129km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £50 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)

71km – Starts from Oudenaarde – 45min from Ghent on Saturday morning – £40 (€10 will be returned to you in cash at the finish)

Entries include:

  • €10 refundable deposit returned to you when you finish
  • Timing chip
  • Tour of Flanders T Shirt
  • Frame plate
  • Tour of Flanders Cyclo bicycle light
  • Tour of Flanders Cyclo racing bottle (only for participants riding the 227 km)
  • Insurance
  • A video chip that gives you the opportunity to look up your own video. Registration by 21 cameras at 7 key locations on the course
  • Track trace function so that the people at home do not miss your performance
  • An exclusive certificate
  • Plenty of provisions at every checkpoint, including Aptonia, water, bananas, waffles,…
  • Technical service (Shimano)
  • An itinerary
  • A free coffee offered by Pelican Rouge before the start
  • Medical service, at every checkpoint and at the finish

Tour of Flanders 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. 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 three choices of event to enter: 71 km  and 129km sportives, both from Oudenaarde, and the full 227km distance from Brugge. 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.

Your Flanders Sportive Entry:
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 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.

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.


HOW TO BOOK:

Click on the green button below.
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.

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Important Information:
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.
If you are a British passport holder visas are not required to enter Belgium and you may stay as a visitor for three months. If you are not a British passport holder please refer to your own country's rules for entry into this destination. For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page.
There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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