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Tour of Flanders Antwerp / Oudenaarde - 6th April 2019 Belgium
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Tour Overview

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 finished 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.

Cobbles

Terrain

Cobbles

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

16,000

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride on of the sportive monuments

    Ride with 16,000 others from around the world on one of the most iconic routes in cycling. Flanders is one of the biggest sportives of the year with many people coming back every year.

  • Practice on the pave with our guided warm up ride

    Arrive by lunch on Friday to join us for a guided ride out of Oudernaarde. We do a relaxed 50km spin taking in the Kwaremont & Koppenberg without the crowds. Our local expert will give tips on how to conquer the cobbles to get your ready for the sportive.

  • Pro Race Experience

    There is no pro race quite like Flanders to watch live. The route is set up for the fans with loops of the main climbs as well as the Women's Ronde before hand. The locals are so pumped for the day and the atmosphere all around is incredible.

Rider Review: Tour of Flanders

Rider Review: Tour of Flanders

  • Riding the Tour of Flanders Sportive

    Our trip to ride Flanders has been planned for some time. Looking for accommodation we booked through Sportive Breaks and got ourselves sorted: 3 nights based in Kortrijk and registrations for the ride. We decided to do the medium course, simply because it’s ..

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Itinerary

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, Kwaremont and Paterberg. Choose between four routes to suit all cyclists and then enjoy the great atmosphere at the pro race on Sunday.

Why Book With Us

  • Choice of hotels in Oudenaarde in the heart of the action
  • Free warm up ride on Friday with cobbled masterclass from our local guide
  • Sportive entries delivered to your hotel

Itinerary

Friday 5th April

Arrive in Oudenaarde by lunch time and join us for a 50km warm up spin with our expert local guide. We hit the Kwaremont & Koppenberg, a much easier proposition without the company of 16,000 riders.

Saturday 6th April

Sportive day! Transfers to Antwerp for the long route are from Oudenaarde from 5am or the other routes start from town from 7am.

Sunday 7th April

Ronde day! Choose between hospitality packages or join us for a full day experience starting in Antwerp before heading to the Kwaremont.

Choose the hotel

Hotel Leopold

Hotel Leopold

De Ham 14, 9700 Oudenaarde

- Perfect location for Flanders
- Comfy rooms
- Bike cleaning area

About the Hotel

A cracking hotel for the Tour of Flanders situated in Oudenaarde a short walk from the town square. With secure parking, storage for bikes and a good breakfast, this is ideal for the Tour of Flanders without needing to move your car.

Other Services

  • Hospitality Options

    Choose from a whole race day experience with local fans or hospitality in the best spots. Bringing a corporate group? Ask us about some great VIP options.

     
Routes & FAQs

The Routes

There are four routes for the Tour of Flanders - a full 229km starting in Antwerp and three shorter distances starting in Oudenaarde. All routes finish in Oudenaarde. The long route is the closest replica to the pro race but the first 80km are pretty dull. The routes out of Oudenaarde are all action packed from the beginning. The key feature of the routes is the relentlessness of the bergs, coming at you every 5 to 7km so by the end your legs are well and truly sapped. The classic climb of the Kappelmuur in Geraardsbergen is only on the 229 & 174km routes. All routes finish with the Kwaremont / Paterberg double before a quick sprint home.

Choose the Route

Ride Distance: 229

Elevation gain: 2160

The full route leaves at 7am from Antwerp and heads south to the Flemish Ardennes. The first 80km is uneventful but the remaining 150km more than makes up for it with climbs and cobbles coming every 7km.

Ride Distance: 174

Elevation gain: 1853

Arguably the best route of all the choices. This starts & ends in Oudenaarde for convenience and goes out to the Muur before hitting the classic sections closer to home.

Ride Distance: 139

Elevation gain: 1497

Traditionally the most popular route, the mid distance starts and ends in Oudenaarde and is jam packed with action. The first climb is after 9km and then there are cobbles or climbs every 5km.

Ride Distance: 74

Elevation gain: 919

Short but action packed with 11 climbs or cobbled sections packed into a relatively short distance. This route still takes in tough climbs like the Koppenberg, Kwaremont & Paterberg so you will get a real feel for Flanders.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Oudenaarde is by driving - approx 1hr45 from Calais. Alternatives are flying to Brussels (1hr away) or Eurostar.

Documents Required

We will deliver your entries to your hotel on the Friday.

What to Pack

The cobbles are not as extreme as Roubaix but there are some long, uncomfortable sections. Wider tyres than normal are recommended. The sportive has been ridden in warm sunshine and snow so be prepared for everything. If you are riding the long route, lights are recommended as the start is at first light.

Registration

We deliver your race packs to your hotel on Friday. Long route transfers to Antwerp leave Oudenaarde at 05:30. If you are staying in Antwerp there is a return shuttle at 19:00 or 20:00.

Start & Finish

There is a rolling start for all routes. The long route should start in Antwerp between 7am and 8am. The medium and short routes start in Oudenaarde between 7am and 9am for the medium and 7am and 10am for the short route.
All routes finish in Oudenaarde.

Warm up Rides

Arrive early on the Friday and join us for a 50km warm up loop from Oudenaarde. Our local guides take us to the Koppenberg, Kwaremont and Paterberg giving a cobble riding masterclass to help you smash the bergs on the sportive.

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Popular Packages

We have minimum three night stays in Oudenaarde. Arrive early to join us for the warm up ride with a cobbled masterclass from our expert local guides.

All Packages Include:

  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Oudenaarde
  • Sportive Entry delivered to your hotel
  • Warm up ride on Friday
3 Nights: 5 - 8th Apr 2019
Summary Price Quantity Total  

3 Nights: Twin Room & Medium Route (for 2 people)
Hotel Leopold - Oudenaarde
Twin Room, Bed & Breakfast
Sportive Entry: 139km (medium route)

£829 £829 Book Now

3 Nights: Twin Room & Long Entry (for 2 people)
Hotel Leopold - Oudenaarde
Twin Room, Bed & Breakfast
Sportive Entry: 230km (long route with transfer to Antwerp)

£969 £969 Book Now

3 Nights: Single Room, Medium Entry
Hotel Leopold - Oudenaarde
Single Room, Bed & Breakfast
Sportive Entry: 139km (medium route)

£779 £779 Book Now

3 Nights: Single Room, Long Entry
Hotel Leopold - Oudenaarde
Single Room, Bed & Breakfast
Sportive Entry: 230km (long route with transfer to Antwerp)

£869 £869 Book Now

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GUESTS
Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

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