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Sportive Date 25th April 2020
Nights Available 2 to 4 Nights
BOOK FROM £299pp DEPOSIT
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Liege Bastogne Liege Liege Belgium
3* & 4* Hotels in Liege
Mechanical suppport
Guided warm up ride
Optional Extras Sportive entry
Optional Extras Rental bikes available
Sportive Overview
Liege Bastogne Liege By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

Liege Bastogne Liege

The last of the spring classics, Liege Bastogne Liege is one of the toughest pro races and certainly one of the hardest sportives of the year, let alone the spring. Join is for a weekend in the Ardennes for the oldest of cycling's five monuments. On Friday we have a 55km warm up ride to picturesque Aywaille, home of Philippe Gilbert, and take on the mighty La Redoute. Saturday is all about the sportive, we have a private feed stop with savoury food and a bag drop to help you survive the ride. On Sunday join us in the van to watch the race in four places with some beers and a picnic lunch. The best way to spend a Monument weekend.

Rolling Hills

Terrain

Rolling

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Hard

Difficulty

Hard

Riders

Riders

8,000

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride the last monument of Spring

    A spring classic without cobbles, more climbing than the Etape and weather conditions ranging from 30 degree sunshine to snow. Welcome to Liege Bastogne Liege, one of the toughest rides of the year with leg sapping hill after leg sapping hill.

  • Watch the Pro Race

    Liege Bastogne Liege is a race for the climbers which has resulted in some great battles in the last few years. With the route being almost and out and back, it is easy to catch the action in a couple of places and the action on the key climbs is great.

Itinerary

The hardest sportive of the spring classics, the full route of Liege Bastogne Liege is a full 271km and a massive 4,400 metres of climbing - more than Stelvio Santini or the Etape du Tour! The following day is the final pro race of the spring classics making this a great weekend to explore a rarely visited part of Belgium.

Why Book With Us

  • Excellent bike friendly hotel in Liege with secure bike storage & early breakfast
  • Guaranteed sportive entry
  • Guided warm up ride on Friday
  • Private feed station on Saturday
  • Pro race options on Sunday

Itinerary

Friday 24th April

Arrive for our airport transfer at 11am from Brussels or make your own way to Liege (3hrs from Calais). Our 55km warm up ride starts from the hotel at 2pm, we should get back by 5.30pm.

Saturday 25th April

Sportive Day! 7am start from Liege for all riders - a long day in the saddle if you are taking on the long route.

Sunday 26th April

Pro race day. Join us in the van to catch the race in 4 places with some beers and a picnic lunch.

Choose the hotel

Hotel Ibis Liège Centre OpéraRamada Plaza Liege

Hotel Ibis Liège Centre Opéra

Pl. de la République Française 41, 4000 Liège, Belgium

    About the Hotel

    Centrally located in Liege, this is a good option for combining the LBL weekend with a city escape. Still close to the start and finish of the sportive, the Ibis Liege is a great base for the last monument of spring.

    Ramada Plaza Liege

    Quai St Léonard 36, 4000 Liège, Belgium

      About the Hotel

      Our 4* base for the LBL weekend, the Ramada Plaza Liege is a comfortable hotel on the river. One of the closest hotels to the race village but still accessible to the centre of town.

      Other Services

      • Bike Rental

        Rent a bike for the LBL weekend. All our bikes are full carbon with Ultegra groupset (50/34x11/34) and disc brakes.

         
      Routes & FAQs

      The Routes

      Three routes that all loop out and back to Liege but with very different distances and difficulties. The long route is one of the hardest sportives of the year with a killer mix of length and elevation. The medium route is a challenge and a step up from the medium routes of Tour of Flanders or Amstel and there is a short option of 76km which still takes in 3 punchy climbs. The climbs in this part of Belgium are short and very sharp, expect regular 10-20% gradients and not much recovery time between climbs. The final route details come out just before the sportive.

      Choose the Route

      Ride Distance: 273

      Elevation gain: 5287

      (Based on previous route). 8 big climbs with plenty of rolling countryside in between. The route takes you all the way to Bastogne through WW2 battlefields and a very rural part of the country. A mix of short, steep climbs and longer climbs not experienced in the other Spring Classics

      Ride Distance: 153

      Elevation gain: 2705

      A really good option taking in 7 out of 8 big climbs on this sportive with a challenging 2,700m of climbing. A mix of classic short steep climbs and longer climbs not experienced in the other Spring Classics.

      Ride Distance: 75

      Elevation gain: 1184

      A much shorter loop down to one of the most iconic, and hardest, climbs in the Ardennes - La Redoute, and then back to Liege via another 2 major climbs making this a fun short route but still tough enough.

       

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Getting There

      We offer airport transfers from Brussels. Arrive by 10.30am for an 11am transfer (we should arrive in Liege just after 12pm) and then join our guided warm up ride at 2pm. If you are driving it is around 3hrs from Calais.

      Documents Required

      Sportive receipt and personal ID (passport or drivers license). We will then send a form to collect more information and collect your race packs in Liege & deliver to the hotel.

      What to Pack

      The weather in this part of Belgium is very changeable, in 2019 it was cold and wet, in 2018 it was ridden in scorching heat, in 2017 there was snow! Be prepared for all eventualities. Some of the climbs are very steep with plenty of sectors above 10% so you will want all the gears you have.

      Registration

      We will collect your race packs on Friday and give them out over dinner in the hotel.

      Start & Finish

      TBC but in previous years the sportive has started at Halles des Foires de Liege at:
      271 km: between 6:30am & 7:30am
      158 km: between 6:30am & 9:30am
      76 km: between 8:00am & 10:00am
      Finish in the same place.

      Travel Packages

      Popular Packages

      Most people come to Liege for 3 nights to take in both the sportive & pro race. We have 2 or 4 night breaks available - put your required dates in the date picker to see all available options. Add bike rental and airport transfers in the cart.

      All Packages Include:

      • Guided warm up ride
      • Private feed station on sportive
      • Mechanical support
      2 Nights: 24 - 26th Apr 20203 Nights: 24 - 27th Apr 2020
      Summary Price Quantity Total  

      Single Package with Medium Route Entry
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      2 nights in single room including breakfast
      Medium route entry

      £669 £669 Book Now

      Single Package with Medium Route Entry
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      2 nights in single room including breakfast
      Long route entry

      £679 £679 Book Now

      Twin Package with Medium Route Entry
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      2 nights in twin room including breakfast
      2 x Medium route entry

      £879 £879 Book Now

      Twin Package with Medium Route Entry
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      2 nights in twin room including breakfast
      2 x Long route entry

      £899 £899 Book Now
      Summary Price Quantity Total  

      Single Package | Medium Route | 3*
      3* Ibis Liege Centre Opera
      3 nights in single room including breakfast
      Medium route entry

      £579 £579 Book Now

      Single Package | Long Route | 3*
      3* Ibis Liege Centre Opera
      3 nights in single room including breakfast
      Long route entry

      £589 £589 Book Now

      Twin Package | Medium Route | 3*
      3* Ibis Liege Centre Opera
      3 nights in twin room including breakfast
      2 x Medium route entry

      £849 £849 Book Now

      Twin Package | Long Route | 3*
      3* Ibis Liege Centre Opera
      3 nights in twin room including breakfast
      2 x Long route entry

      £869 £869 Book Now

      Single Package | Medium Route | 4*
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      3 nights in single room including breakfast
      Medium route entry

      £889 £889 Book Now

      Single Package | Long Route | 4*
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      3 nights in single room including breakfast
      Long route entry

      £899 £899 Book Now

      Twin Package | Medium Route | 4*
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      3 nights in twin room including breakfast
      2 x Medium route entry

      £1149 £1149 Book Now

      Twin Package | Long Route | 4*
      Ramada Plaza Liege
      3 nights in twin room including breakfast
      2 x Long route entry

      £1169 £1169 Book Now
      Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

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