The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
The traditional season opener for the Flemish cobbled cycling season as well as the UCI cycling World Tour as a whole. In 2018 the route was changed to honour the former finale of the Tour of Flanders, including the iconic hills of Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg. The start is in Ghent and the finish will be in the town of Ninove. The weekend of events includes a whole host of activities around the professional race on the Saturday and a Cyclo for amateur cyclists to take part in on the Sunday. VIP access and hospitality is also available with Sports Tours International.
The Belgian spring classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne takes place on the day after the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The KBK Cyclo takes place on the Sunday whilst the Omloop does the reverse which gives you either 2 days of taking part in cyclo sportives or watching pro cycling 2 days in a row.
Haute Route Oman takes place early March and will take riders on a 238km route that will include climbs with an elevation gain totalling 5,248 metres. The centre-piece of the Haute Route Oman experience will be the magnificent Al Hajar mountain range and the iconic Jebel Akhdar (the Green Mountain), one of the country’s most spectacular locations. The Hajar mountains offer severe and scenic climbs which are every bit the equal of anything in the Alps, Pyrenees, Rockies or Dolomites. Conditions in March will offer ideal mid to low 20°C temperatures.
After making its debut on the UCI World Tour calendar in 2017 the Strade Bianche takes place again in Tuscany, Italy. The riders fighting it out on Tuscany's white roads makes for a great spectacle. After the Strade Bianche, two big stage races take place in the run up to the first big Spring Classic and one of the Monuments, Milan San Remo. In March the 2 big stage races are; Paris - Nice, also called the race to the sun and the Tirreno-Adriatico, also called the race between 2 seas. There is usually a one-day clash between the end of Paris-Nice and start of Tirreno-Adriatico. The Milan San Remo is the longest one day race on the calendar and traditionally kicks off the classics season in Europe.
At the end of March, one of the major Belgian spring classics Gent Wevelgem takes place the weekend before the Tour of Flanders, making this the ideal opportunity to combine 3 Belgian Spring Classics events into one trip.
Flemish Cycling Week lets you spend 10 days with us in Flanders and enjoy Flemish Cycling Week with Gent Wevelgem followed by Dwars door Vlaanderen mid-week and finally the Tour of Flanders. Hotels in Kortrijk and Ghent are included as well as staff support, in-resort transport and the option to ride Gent Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportives.
Flemish Cycling Week was created when the semi-Classic 'Dwars door Vlaanderen' was moved a week later on the UCI World Cycling Tour last year to position it mid-week in between Gent Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. The week starts off with Gent Wevelgem which is one of the traditional season openers for the Flemish cobbled cycling season as well as the UCI cycling World Tour as a whole. Dwars door Vlaanderen is contested mid-week on the Wednesday and the week culminates with the Tour of Flanders.
In April the cycling classics season follows the same date order traditionally with the Tour of Flanders which will start in Antwerp and also the Muur van Geraardsbergen will feature on the course again. Next up is the Hell of the North, also called the Queen of the Classics; Paris - Roubaix.
Our fully supported 10 day Spring Classics tour lets you ride and watch Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris - Roubaix. On this tour you will also visit the Tour of Flanders museum before cycling in the afternoon.
On Paris - Roubaix we offer a Paris - Roubaix Start to Finish Experience with VIP access at the start in Compiegne followed by a viewing point en-route plus hospitality at the Roubaix Velodrome.
Next up are the Ardennes Classics; Amstel Gold race with the Fleche Wallone mid-week on the Wednesday before Liege Bastogne Liege . Our 10 day fully supported Ardennes Classics tour lets you ride and watch all of the Ardennes Classics in a fully supported 10 day tour.
Sports Tours International has signed contracts with the 3 leading cycling events in the world; the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. We are one of only 2 cycling tour operators worldwide who are official travel partners for all 3 events.
The first Grand Tour of the year is the Giro d'Italia which will have its 103rd edition and it takes place between 9th and 31st May.
The Tour de Yorkshire takes place during the first week of May. As with the Tour de France the race attracts large crowds and lots of local support. The men's race will be 4 days and the women's race 2 days, following parts of the 2019 Road World Championships route. Sports Tours International offer start and finish hospitality on every stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.
During the Criterium du Dauphine one month before the start of the Tour de France, the favourites will be battling for position. In June 2018 Geraint Thomas won the 70th Criterium du Dauphine therefore giving Team Sky victory on 6 out of the last 8 editions. Adam Yates who win the last stage into Saint Gervais finished 2nd overall.
Tour Transalp starts in Innsbruck and finishes in Riva del Garda. The concept of the Tour Transalp is: 7 consecutive timed stages with a number of legendary cols, minimal flat sections, mountain top finishes where possible, maximum length timed sections, individual timing and all climbs timed. Previously open to just teams of two, you can now ride the Tour Transalp as a single rider. Separate classifications are published at the end of every day.
Gran Fondo Milan Sanremo is the opportunity to ride the route of the longest one day event on the UCI calendar. It follows the same route as the one undertaken by the riders of the pro peloton during the annual spring classic in March, the Milan Sanremo.
Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini hosts two of the most brutal yet beautiful climbs in the world. They echo with the feats of Fausto Coppi, Marco Pantani and many more. The Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini allows you to test yourself against these legendarily tough climbs.
The Tour de France takes place between August 29 and September 20 in 2020. On the Tour de France we offer daily VIP experiences at the stage starts and finishes as well as a day in an official car on the course and even helicopter trips.
The Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling event in the world and the 2019 edition did not disappoint with drama until the very end. Egan Bernal of team Ineos proved the strongest in the end with the 2018 winner Geraint Thomas in second and Dutchman Steven Kruiswijk in third.
Every year the Marmotte Gran Fondo Alps takes place on a tough course in the French Alps around Alpe d’Huez.
The Haute Route series is a leg testing set of cyclosportive events across some of the most iconic routes in cycling. Professionally managed and supported, it’s as close to pro riding an amateur can get. September hosts trips to the Pyrenees, the Alps and even Brazil if you're looking for something further afield.
Our favourite season end is the yearly odyssey to Ghent to watch the Ghent 6 days track cycling event in November. The 2016 edition was fantastic with the win of Wiggins and Cavendish. We offer standard tickets for every night as well as hospitality on the weekend nights. The VIP Cafe is particularly good value for money as the open bar is open from 18.00 until 01.30 on Saturday. Hotel stays are also available or even a coach trip from the UK.