Available Months 31 March - 10 April 2023
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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. The first Sunday of April is the date of the Tour of Flanders. 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.

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

  • EXCELLENT HOTELS: Stay with us for 6 nights in Oudenaarde in Flanders, the best place to start for the Tour of Flanders & Flanders Sportive. Then stay in Roubaix for 4 nights within a couple of miles of the famous velodrome. Breakfasts, lunches on some days and evening meals are all included.

  • GREAT ITINERARY WITH LOTS INCLUDED: We include entries for the Flanders and Roubaix Sportives, airport transfers from Brussels plus a daily itinerary. As well as riding two Sportives and watching 3 Spring Classics, we also visit a beer brewery, the Tour of Flanders Museum, the cities of Antwerp and Bruges plus we'll take you on a battlefields tour (from Bruges). Bring your own bike or rent one from us for the 10 days.

  • YOU ARE IN SAFE HANDS: Our team are local Belgian riders, drivers and mechanics who will ensure you have the best experience. Your booking has financial protection from ABTA, the UK's association of tour operators.

Avg Daily Distance Avg Daily Elevation Difficulty
Front Group 60-80km 500-1000m 4/5

What's Included

Accommodation

6 nights at hotel Leopold in Oudenaarde

Accommodation

4 nights at hotel Mercure in Roubaix

Included Meals

Daily Breakfast & Dinner in line with timings

Transfer

Return airport transfers from Brussels international airport

Guided Warm Up Ride

Guided rides in Flanders and Roubaix on Friday afternoons before the Sportives

Sportive Entry

Entry for the Tour of Flanders & Paris Roubaix Sportive with choice of distance

Transfer

Transport to the start of the long-distance Tour of Flanders Sportive in Bruges

Transfer

Transport to the start of the long-distance Paris Roubaix Sportive in Busigny

Hospitality

Finish Hospitality at the Roubaix velodrome

Guided Rides

Guided rides and visits to Antwerp and Ypres

Mechanic

The services of our bike guide and bike mechanic

Spring Classics Tour - Flanders and Roubaix Cycling Holiday

Itinerary

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FRIDAY 31 MARCH - ARRIVAL DAY | WARM UP RIDE : Oudenaarde

Travel to Oudenaarde

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Oudenaarde today. Our team will be available to meet you at the hotel. If you plan to fly then we offer airport transfers for you, your luggage and your bike from Brussels International airport.

Our transfer will depart from Brussels Airport at 11.00. Please arrive at brussels by 10.00 to allow time for baggage collection and passport control.

Our hotel

We are staying at the hotel Leopold in Oudenaarde. Your stay will be for 6 nights and will be on a bed and breakfast basis so with breakfasts included. You will have an early breakfast on We Ride Flanders day.

What about my bike?

You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the tour. Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel.

Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.

After lunch, we will take you on a supported, guided ride of about 50 km that takes in the Kwaremont and the Koppenberg. When we return to Oudenaarde, you have plenty of time to walk over to the expo and collect your start package.

We’ll be back at the hotel in the afternoon for you to rest and get prepared for tomorrow. This evening our bike guides will do a race briefing to run through We Ride Flanders logistics and of course the route.

WE RIDE FLANDERS EXPO

Sint-Jozefsplein, Oudenaarde
Opening hours: 07.00 – 20,00
Here you can pick up your starter package and hand in your frame plate after the ride. Evening meal at the hotel.

SATURDAY 1 APRIL - We Ride Flanders : Oudenaarde

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.

Start & finish / location & hours

START Cyclo 217km

Depart hotel at 05.30am

Brugge – 07.00 – 08.00

START 177km, 136km, 72km

Oudenaarde (Lindestraat, Oudenaarde)

Cyclo 177 km: 07.00 – 08.30

Cyclo 136 km: 08.30 – 10.00

Cyclo 72 km: 10.00 – 11.00

FINISH

The finish of all distances is on the Markt in Oudenaarde. The last aid station closes at 19:00. If you arrive here later, you are no longer an official participant and you are obliged to take the shortest route to the finish. The finish in Oudenaarde officially closes at 20h00.

Once you finish in Oudenaarde, there’s no need to worry as you are staying near the finish. Just roll back to the hotel, get changed and have yourself a few drinks at the peloton Cafe in the Tour of Flanders museum to celebrate.

The evening meal is available at the hotel this evening

SUNDAY 2 APRIL - TOUR OF FLANDERS RACE DAY : Oudenaarde

Today is the day of the Tour of Flanders. Below we have listed a few different options for you today.

Stay in Oudenaarde

In the last 75 km, the most notorious passages are lurking: from the Koppenberg and the Hotond to the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg. Riders and fans are eagerly looking forward to the finish in the centre of Oudenaarde. The champions sprint to the finish line. 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. If you walk up and down between the market square of Oudenaarde and the arrival area you will see the race pass by and be able to witness 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

MONDAY 3 APRIL - GUIDED RIDE AND RONDE VAN VLAANDEREN MUSEUM : Oudenaarde

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.

Evening meal at the hotel

TUESDAY 4 APRIL - BREWERY VISIT : 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.

WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL - ANTWERP AND SCHELDEPRIJS : Oudenaarde

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.

THURSDAY 6 APRIL - YPRES : Roubaix

After breakfast it’s time to leave Oudenaarde. We will spend the day in Ypres before moving to Roubaix for the next 4 nights. We will stay at the 4 star Mercure Roubaix on a half board basis so with breakfasts and evening meals included.

Visit Flanders Fields in Ypres. 4 hr bike tour including historical sites and the Commonwealth cemetery. Visit Koers Cycling Museum in Roeselare and afterwards we will make our way to Roubaix.

Evening meal in Roubaix at the hotel.

FRIDAY 7 APRIL - ROUBAIX : Roubaix

Visit the Arenberg Forrest cobble section, either ride there and bus back or vice versa. We will finish with a ride in the velodrome and a visit to the famous showers.

Evening meal at the hotel

SATURDAY 8 APRIL - PARIS ROUBAIX CHALLENGE : Roubaix

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”.

You have a choice of 3 sportive distances today. The 70km and 145km start and finish at the velodrome. After an early breakfast and preparing the bikes, we will guide you the short distance to the velodrome for the start.

The 170km long distance Roubaix Challenge starts from the small town of Busigny. The entry fee includes transport to the start directly from our hotel if you book your entry with us.

All sportive distances finish at the Roubaix velodrome. From here it’s just a short distance to get back to our hotel.

The premium 170 km event is back in 2023. However, the number of places is limited due to the fact that Paris–Roubaix Femmes will be taking place on the same course and day as the Paris–Roubaix Challenge. This distance is accessible only to experienced cyclists, average speed required of 21.2 km/h over the 170 km course including around 50 km of cobblestones to arrive before 3:00 p.m. at the Velodrome.

The Hell of the North and its fabled cobbled sectors, including the Carrefour de l’Arbre and the Trouée d’Arenberg. There are three increasingly difficult routes on offer, on roads which are open to traffic but secured by numerous volunteers and motorcyclists. There is a legendary race for everyone, covering distances from 70km, 145km or 170km.

This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel and you’ll also be able to return your rental bikes. Unless you are using your bike tomorrow of course. We’ll be back at the hotel in the afternoon and this evening we’ll eat at the hotel together.

SUNDAY 9 APRIL - PARIS ROUBAIX RACE DAY : Roubaix

Today you have 3 options. You can join us on our guided, supported ride or you can come on our start to finish experience (no cycling). Alternatively, if you want a really easy day, you can walk to the velodrome from the hotel in time for the finish.

Guided ride

After a relaxed morning, our bike guide will guide you out of Roubaix. We will ride to a venue on the route to watch the riders come past. Please note that choosing this option will mean that you’ll miss the finish.

Start to Finish Experience with hospitality

After breakfast we offer our start to finish experience. We’ll take a packed lunch and plenty of water along as it can be difficult to buy food and drink en-route. Our minibus will collect us from the hotel at about 06.00 this morning. The journey is about 2 ½ hours and we aim to get to Compiegne for about 08.30. The race usually starts at 11.00 with preparations from about 09.30.

08.30 > Compiegne

Since 1977, Compiègne has been host to the start of Paris-Roubaix. Opposite the Palace, on the Place du Général de Gaulle, 25 teams will line up for the start of the «Queen of the Classics». 175 riders will be preparing to reach the Roubaix velodrome but just a few will be nourishing hopes of victory.

You will be able to visit the team paddock, admire the special machines selected for this race and rub shoulders with the riders. You will feel the excitement growing as the start time approaches.

11.30 > Depart Compiegne

We will gather and depart Compiegne for about 11.30. We will drive straight back to the velodrome in Roubaix where we will take our place in the hospitality venue. Time and traffic permitting we will stop at a viewing point en-route.

14.30 > Velodrome

A victory in Roubaix guarantees the rider his place in the rich history of cycling and his nameplate in one of the iconic shower stalls. On finally reaching Roubaix, the riders head to the town’s velodrome for one and a half laps in front of a crowd of enthusiasts. Whether the arena is the scene of a bunch sprint or a lap of honour by a solitary leader, it’s always an exceptional spectacle marking the fitting end to a perfect race.

You will have access to the reception areas within the Roubaix velodrome with a prime view of the track and the race finish line. Follow live broadcasting of the race on screen. Enjoy an open bar/ buffet with soft drinks and beer. Champagne is served when the winner has finished. After the finish we’ll be able to go on the inside track to see the winner being crowned.

This evening we’ll eat at the hotel together.

MONDAY 10 APRIL - DEPARTURE : Roubaix

After breakfast our optional airport transfer leaves Roubaix at 09.00 to arrive at Brussels Airport for 11.00. Please book flights to depart Brussels 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

On Friday 31 March on arrival and on Monday 10 April on departure, we provide airport transfers from Brussels International Airport. We facilitate transport of bikes in bike boxes on our transfers.

Airport
Arrival Times
Departure Times
Brussels International Airport
On Friday meet us at Brussels International Airport and take our airport transfer at 11.00.
After breakfast on Monday we offer our optional transfer back to Brussels International airport at 09.00. Please book flights that depart after 13.00.

Dates & Book Now

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