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Tour of Flanders 2016 (Sportive & Pro race watch)
1st to 4th April 2016
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?
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.
At Sports Tours International we can offer you guaranteed entries to this iconic cycling event including the full 259km distance from Brugge.
Click here for an overview of the Climbs of the Tour of FlandersTour of Flanders Sportive and Pro race weekend options:
These trips feature a 3 night's stop in Ghent with no overnight travelling and the option to bring your bike and ride the 2016 Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportive, which includes all the climbs of the pro race even if you choose the medium length course.
We have chosen to stay 3 nights so we arrive on Friday in time for Saturday's sportive. If you want to ride the Sportive on the Saturday, we advise you to select the option at the time of booking so we can collect your entry for you and it's ready and waiting for you on arrival.
We will accommodate you taking part in the full distance of the pro race which is the 259km or the shorter 133km or 83km Tour of Flanders cyclo- event that follows the latter part of the race route including all the famous climbs.
Coach from the UK - 3 nights in Ghent
Prices: £389pp for twin use of a room with a £159 supplement for a single room
East, West or South Coast UK coach option - BOOK HEREBrussels airport - 3 nights in Ghent
If you don't want to take the coach from the UK, we also offer to come and collect you from Brussels International airport at 11:00 and 16:00 on Friday and on Monday we offer 1 transfer back to Brussels straight after breakfast to connect with flights after 12:00.
Prices: £409pp for twin use of a room with a £229 supplement for a single room
Brussels airport arrival - BOOK HERESelf drive - 3 nights in Ghent
If you decide to make your own way to Ghent and you come and meet us at the hotel, then please advise us of this in advance. We will still provide your entry on arrival and we will still be able to provide in-resort transfers on Sportive day and on Pro race day. We advise you to arrange your parking in advance.
The price is the same as the Brussels airport arrival as you will still use the seat on the coach throughout the weekend.
Prices: £409pp for twin use of a room with a £229 supplement for a single room
Self-drive arrival - As Brussels arrival - BOOK HERETour of Flanders Pro race one night spectator coach trip:
The route of the 2016 Tour of Flanders will make the race a great one for cycling enthusiasts to watch and enjoy, soaking up the unique Belgian cycling atmosphere.
If you want a bit longer to spend in Ghent you can of course come on our 3 night coach trip from the UK, but if you want to come just to watch the 100th Tour of Flanders Pro race, why not come and join us on our one night coach trip with a stay in Ghent?
Full details and bookings coming soon.
Planned itinerary for the 2016 event:
Friday the 1st of April:
East Coast Coach:
We will take a sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Opera in Ghent.West Coast Coach:
We will take a sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Opera in Ghent.South Coast Coach:
We will take a sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Ghent at approximately 20.00hrs where we spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located hotel Ibis Centrum Kathedraal in Ghent.Brussels Airport at NH Ghent:
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. 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 bed and breakfast basis.
Self drive at NH Ghent:
Your Flanders Sportive Entry:
Saturday the 2nd of April:
In the morning after an early breakfast 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.
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.
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 3rd of April:
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 4th 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:
Ibis Ghent Centrum Opera
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.
Hotel Ibis Kathedraal
3 night UK South Coach and Brussels airport and self-drive stay here
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)
Hotel NH Ghent:3 night Brussels airport and self-drive:
We spend 3 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the centrally located Hotel NH Ghent Belfort. The hotel is in the centre of Ghent. At the hotel you will be able to store your bike and get prepared for the Sportive tomorrow. If you have booked to take part in the 2015 Tour of Flanders cyclo 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. Our guide will do a race briefing with you this evening at the hotel.
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