Tour of Flanders with Sportive Breaks
One of the must ride sportives in world cycling and possibly the best one day classic in the pro circuit. The Tour of Flanders sportive is your chance to ride over classic cobbled climbs including the Koppenberg, de Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg. Stay with us in Kortrijk for the weekend.
Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking
Stay in Kortrijk: Kortrijk is within easy reach of Oudenaarde where the sportive starts & finishes & the pro race ends. Transport included with our packages
Guided warm up ride on the cobbles: On Friday afternoon we ride with our local guide over the cobbles on a short route taking in the Kwaremont, Koppenberg & Paterberg. You don't want to have your first taste of cobbles action on Sportive day!
Mechanical support: Our expert mechanics are on hand all weekend.
Available extras: Book your choice of sportive entry with us. Bring your own bike or rent one of our bikes for the weekend. Airport transfers from Brussels are also available.
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Lots of climbing but either shorter rides or an easier day mixed in. Challenging but suitable for most riders.
Mix of climbing & flatter days suitable for most riders.
Rolling terrain with the occasional climb. Social riding suitable for all riders.
Shorter, flatter days suitable for newer riders.
Tour of Flanders
The Tour of Flanders weekend is a fantastic celebration of our sport by one of the most passionate cycling loving regions on earth. There are a variety of sportive routes available, all including the classic finish of the Oude Kwaremont & Paterberg.
While Roubaix is all about cobbles and the Ardennes classics are all about sharp climbs, Flanders is a mix of the two with some brutal cobbled sectors and steep cobbled climbs. The most famous of these are the Koppenberg, Muur & Paterberg with gradients pushing 20%. The sportive is so popular and the roads so narrow that on these climbs it is a challenge to get passed the numerous riders that walk up the steep sections.
The route finishes with a long flat sprint to Oudenaarde finishing in the race village with a large beer tent and food vendors to help bring your energy back.
Choose from 4 routes for the We Ride Flanders Sportive. All routes start and finish in Oudenaarde apart from the long distance which starts in Bruges. Routes below are from 2022 but we expect the 2023 routes to be similar, apart from the 229km route now starting in Bruges.
The Oude Kwaremont may not be the most difficult climb in the Flemish Ardennes, but it wins the prize for most beautiful name. Moreover, this long climb is of immeasurable beauty. Since 2012, the Oude Kwaremont has been given a leading role in the final of Tour of Flanders, with it being climbed several times.
Near Kwaremont is the ultra-short but super-steep climb over cobblestones of the Paterberg. A climb less than 400 meters long, yet according to experts one of the most difficult climbs in Flanders. How is that possible? Simple, mix a cobbled section with an average gradient of almost 12%! When the concrete slabs were replaced by cobblestones in 1986, the Paterberg was immediately included in the Tour of Flanders.
This hill lives up to its name. Taaienberg literally means ‘tough hill’ and the reason for this name will become clear when you ascend its 530m stretch of cobblestones. This wasTom Boonen’s favourite hill to test his early season form on with an annual attack in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad earning it the name of ‘Boonenberg’.
The ‘bump’ of Melden, as the Koppenberg is locally known, is guaranteed to add suspense to the Ronde, every year. Not surprisingly it has been listed as a national monument. This hill and over 100 acres of surrounding countryside add up to one the most beautiful natural hotspots in the Flemish Ardennes. The Koppenberg is also probably the most difficult climb in the region, combining maximum gradient of 20% with rutted, worn cobbles and a constantly greasy surface.
- 75km – £50*
- 136km – £60*
- 179km – £70*
- 235km – £80**
*Includes return transport from Kortrijk to Oudenaarde
**Includes transport from Kortrijk to Brugge and back from Oudenaarde
Bike rental options
We provide three different bike rental options for our Flanders weekend. Choose from a top of the range Giant TCR Advanced carbon with Shimano Ultegra Di2 to more affordable options such as Giant TCR Advanced carbon with Shimano mechanical Ultegra and Giant Contend SL 1 aluminium frame with Shimano 105.
- Giant TCR Advanced carbon with Shimano Ultegra Di2 £265
- Giant TCR Advanced carbon with mechanical Shimano Ultegra £210
- Giant Contend SL 1 aluminium frame with mechanical Shimano 105 £150
Plenty of tough sectors but suitable for most regular riders.
Rolling terrain with the occasional tougher section.
Flat to rolling day with max one tough section.
A flat or short easy sportive.
Hotel Messeyne Kortrijk
Tour of Flanders - Sportive Breaks
Nestled in the centre of Kortrijk is the Hotel Messeyne, an elegant family hotel just five minutes from the Grote Markt. For business travel as well as a family vacation, this hotel is the ideal base of operations. It's within walking distance of all of Kortrijk's many attractions. All the rooms are up to standard and are regularly renovated and refreshed. The inspiring meeting rooms, free parking and the gourmet restaurant with a terrace are just a few of the perks that hotel guests love to return to. When the sun is shining, our terrace is one of the most sought-after spots in Kortrijk. Every morning, the hotel restaurant serves an extensive breakfast buffet, too. All guests are welcome to use wellness facilities, including a sauna and hammam, and a modern fitness room at any time. All rooms offer WiFi, and parking at the hotel is free. • Free WiFi • Free wellness spa • Free parking • 28 stylish rooms • Beautiful sun terrace • Extensive breakfast buffet • Just a few minutes from the renowned gourmet restaurant Hof van Cleve • Close to all the Kortijk attractions
Square Hotel Kortrijk
2023 Tour of Flanders with Sportive Breaks
The Square hotel is just a stone's throw from hotel Messeyne and is perfect for people looking for comfort and efficiency in a modern setting. Here, you can breakfast until noon relax in the comfortable rooms. This three-star hotel is within walking distance of Kortrijk's Grote Markt. • Free WiFi • Wellness spa (€ 25) • Free parking (19:00-9:00) • 26 modern rooms • Stylish lounge bar • Extensive breakfast buffet • Centrally located
Please make your own arrangements to get to Kortrijk. The nearest airport is Brussels International Airport (BRU) and Charleroi Airport (CRL). The transfer from BRU takes approximately 1.30 hours depending on traffic and from CRL about also about 1.30 hours. For groups please contact us to discuss transfer options and costs . [email protected]
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