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Spring Classics Tour - Flanders and Roubaix Belgium

Is This Trip For Me?

The start of April is when the cycling world properly awakens from its winter slumber. There are all sorts of races taking place virtually daily across Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands over this crucial period in the racing calendar, but two giant events stand out above all others.

Both events have their own amateur cycling events taking place the day before on Saturdays. Amateur riders from all over the world come and test themselves on the same roads as the professionals the day after. Each Sportive offers a variety of distances from (nearly) full distance challenges to shorter trips over the cobbles and bergs of Flanders and Roubaix.

Spend 10 days with us in Flanders and Roubaix on the ultimate spring classics cycling tour. Our team of local riders and mechanics will guide you around their home roads for an unforgettable experience. Not only will the cyclists in the group be well-looked after there is also plenty to do for those who don’t ride a bike themselves but are fans of this great sport.

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Ride 2 Sportives: Start with We Ride Flanders and finish with the Paris Roubaix Challenge. Distance options are available and transport is included for the long distance options if you choose those.

  • Watch 3 Spring Classics: Watch two of the Monuments of Cycling; Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix and we'll also make a mid-week stop in Schoten near Antwerp for the Scheldeprijs.

  • Fully supported tour: Our team of local hosts, drivers and mechanics look after you with all in-resort transport and support on guided rides. We also take a break from the cycling with several visits and trips like a beer brewery visit, museum visits plus city visits to Antwerp and Ypres. Bike rental is also available at a supplement.

  • Well-located hotels: Stay in Oudenaarde, the best place to stay for the Tour of Flanders before moving to Roubaix. Breakfasts and evening meals are included.

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What's Included

Accommodation

6 nights in 4* Hotel Leopold Oudenaarde

Accommodation

4 nights in 4* Hotel Mercure Roubaix

Transfer

Return transfers from Brussels Airport

Included Meals

All breakfast & dinners (budget €10 for lunch)

Guided Rides

Fully supported rides

Mechanic

Expert mechanic on hand

Bike Rental

Bike rental available

Spring Classics Tour - Flanders and Roubaix Cycling Holiday

The first Sunday of April is the date of the Tour of Flanders. The Ronde van Vlaanderen is Belgium’s biggest sporting event, boasting enormous television audiences and thronged roadsides. A week later, it’s the turn of the Queen of the Classics, Paris – Roubaix. Usually described as the world’s most famous one-day race, the “Hell of the North” has captured the public’s imagination for 120 years. The images of gaunt faces streaked with mud span the decades with a timeless quality that belongs indisputably and uniquely to Roubaix.

Itinerary

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Day One : Arrival

Our mechanic is at the hotel to help build bikes and to fit rentals. For those that want a warm up ride, we head out this afternoon at 14.00 for a 50km ride including some cobbled climbs. In the evening we have our welcome meal where our guides will talk through the week.

Day Two : We Ride Flanders

We have an early start this morning. Early breakfast is arranged in the hotel restaurant. The long distance starts from Brugge so we offer transport to Brugge this morning. After the ride, regain your strength in the Peloton Café in the Tour of Flanders Centre, and share your experience with the rest of the peloton. Relive the heroism of Flanders’ Most Beautiful in this cycling hub, near the finish in Oudenaarde and near our hotel.

Day Three : 2023 Tour of Flanders

Today is the day of the Tour of Flanders. Below we have listed a few different options for you today. Stay in Oudenaarde In Oudenaarde you experience it from the front row: live and on the big screen. The Donkmeer and the Markt are the place to be. You can see the race live 4 times and see two finishes (men and women). Shuttle bus to Oude Kwaremont There is a free shuttle bus from Oudenaarde station up to the public village on the Oude Kwaremont where you can see the riders 3 times. There are pubs, food and beer vans and a big screen so you can alternate between standing by the road-side and watching the big screen. Ride to the Oude Kwaremont or another viewing point We will offer a guided ride today to one of the viewing points. Details to follow soon. The evening meal is available at the hotel this evening

Day Four : Guided ride and Ronde van Vlaanderen Museum

After yesterday’s exertions we’ll take it a bit easier today. This morning we offer an optional guided ride of about 50 – 70km. This afternoon, we will take you on a guided visit of the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen Museum

Day Five : Oudenaarde

Today we have an easier, relaxed day. We will still offer a guided ride in the morning. In the afternoon we will take you on a guided visit of a local Belgian beer brewery with plenty of tasting included of course. Transport included. Evening meal at the hotel.

Day Six : Visit the city of Antwerp plus the finish of the Scheldeprijs in Schoten

The Scheldeprijs is also known as the unofficial World Championship for sprinters. The finish is in Schoten near Antwerp. After visiting the port city of Antwerp, we’ll travel the short distance to Schoten to watch the sprint finish. Final night in Oudenaarde and evening meal.

Day Seven : Ypres plus move to Roubaix

Visit Flanders Fields in Ypres. 4 hr bike tour including historical sites and the Commonwealth cemetery. Afterwards we will visit Koers Cycling Museum in Ypres before moving to Roubaix.

Day Eight : Roubaix guided ride on the cobbles

At 14.00 we lead a guided ride over the cobbles so you can test, bike and share tips with our guide and the rest of the group.

Day Nine : 2023 Roubaix Challenge

You will be able to see how the riders of the Men’s and Women’s cycling elite handle the cobbled sectors of Roubaix tomorrow. Today it’s your turn. 24 hours before the professionals, amateurs from around the world will have the opportunity to measure themselves against the legend of the Hell of the North with its mythical cobbled sections like the “Carrefour de l’Arbre” and the “Trouée d’Arenberg”. All distances start and finish at the Roubaix velodrome apart from long distance. Transport to long distance included. All distances finish in Roubaix at the velodrome.

Day Ten : 2023 Paris Roubaix

Today is Paris Roubaix day. Today’s finish is in the Roubaix velodrome not far from the hotel. We offer a full day spectator experience with live race viewing. Your day finishes with hospitality in the velodrome.

Day Eleven : Departure day

After breakfast we offer our optional transfer back to Brussels International airport at 09.00. Please book flights that depart after 13.00. Alternatively please make your own arrangements.

Accommodation

Hotel Leopold****

De Ham 14, 9700 Oudenaarde, Belgium

The Leopold is our favourite base for the Tour of Flanders weekend. A smart, modern hotel in Oudenaarde, close to the train station and the start and finish line, it's perfect for soaking up the buzz of Belgium's biggest sporting weekend. Delicious Belgian dishes are served in the hotel’s restaurant “Bar Del Mundo”. Besides the great food, the bar also offers a great selection of cocktails and fine wines. Check-in from 3 PM & check-out until 11 AM

Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hotel

Roubaix, France

The Mercure is the Tripadvisor #1 hotel in Roubaix (June 2020). Close to the town centre with parking available close by. Rooms are modern and comfortable.

Airport Transfers

Airport collections are from Brussels (BRU) and the drive to Oudenaarde takes just over an hour.

Airport
Arrival Times
Departure Times
Brussels (BRU)
We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed. Please book flights that arrive at least 30 minutes before our transfer at 11.00am. Please contact us if you want to catch a private transfer outside of these times,
We leave Roubaix with plenty of time for you to check your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight. Please book flights that leave at least 2 hours after our arrival time at the airport (13.00). Please contact us if you want to catch a private transfer outside of these times,

Dates & Book Now

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