Four days / three nights in the heart of cycling: Flanders. Flanders. We’ll visit historical places and let you ride 3 days with experienced local guides. We ride the cobbled sections and hills from the spring classic races in Flanders like Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3-Prijs Harelbeke and last but not least De Ronde Van Vlaanderen. Arriving after work on Thursday, we pack in a long weekend of incredible cycling of road cycling, a session on the track and a try at cyclocross. On the Friday we ride the classic climbs of Flanders - the Kwaremont, Koppenberg & Paterberg in the morning and then head to Ghent for a private session in the Eddy Merckx velodrome. On Saturday, we hit the legendary Muur & Bosberg in the morning before heading over to the Sven Nys centre for some cyclocross. On Sunday, we take a coffee spin before an optional visit to the Tour of Flanders museum before heading home.
Flanders is steeped in cycling history. We ride on the same roads where Cancellara, Boonen, Museeuw & more have made history.
A two hour private session at the Ghent velodrome. We have some instruction and then we race each other!
In three road rides, we will ride the Koppenberg, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont, Muur, Bosberg & more.
A three hour cyclocross session with an instructor and rental bikes. Try your hand at this fun, exciting format.
We have no scheduled transfers on the trip as most of our guests arrive by car (parking available) or train. If you need collecting from Brussels airport on the Thursday, please get in touch.
Arrival day. Most people leave after work so arrive late to the hotel, the main action starts in the morning.
Our guide, Maarten, will be at breakfast where we will run through the itinerary for the weekend. We roll out at 10am to give you time to sort your bikes out or get fitted onto a rental. Then we are off for a 100km ride taking in classic climbs of Flanders including the Koppenberg, Kwaremont & Paterberg. We will have lunch on the road and aim to get back to the hotel for around 3pm. After a quick change, we pack our kit and head to Ghent for 2 hours on the velodrome. The first part is instruction on how to ride on the boards and then for the second part we do some fun races. We head back to Oudenaarde for 8pm.
We roll out at 9am and take on the mighty Muur and Bosberg. The Muur is our favourite climb in Flanders and used to be the decisive point in the Tour of Flanders. After the Bosberg, we loop around back to Oudenaarde for around 1pm and have lunch back in town.
At 2pm we get a transfer to the Sven Nys Cyclocross center. We have three hours here on rental bikes, starting out again with some training on how to ride the track and then we have some practice time before setting up some fun races.
We head back to Oudenaarde for 8pm.
On the last morning we roll out at 9am for a flat, coffee spin over to Kortrijk and have a coffee and the main square before heading back home. We get back to Oudenaarde before 12pm, time for a quick shower and packing your bikes up. For those with time, we check out the Tour of Flanders museum before heading home.
The weather in Flanders can be changeable so bring arm warmers, a gilet and lightweight waterproof jacket. We have rental bikes included in both the velodrome and cyclocross and can provide bikes at an additional rate for the road as well.
We are based right in the main town square in Oudenaarde, typical Flemish town which is definitely worth some time exploring. Here you will find the Tour of Flanders museum and some nice restaurants, bars & shops. You can come and watch the riders both in the velodrome and cyclocross or come to Ghent and enjoy a few hours in this beautiful town. The area is compact so it is possible by both public transport or in a car to see a lot of the area including Bruges, Brussels or the WW1 Battlefields in Ypres.
Situated right in the heart of Oudenaarde on the town square, the Pomme d'Or is a comfortable hotel with a nice restaurant downstairs.
From Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde
For the first ride, we will tackle the most famous spring classics race in it’s current form. After a warm up loop to get to know the Belgian roads, we will immediately tackle the Koppenberg, a legendary cobbled hill in the race and one of the steepest in the region. Once we have survived that, we will get some serious cobbled sections and meet the Taaienberg were Boonen always shows his power for the first time. The cobbles here are smoother than the brutal pave in Roubaix but still challenging. On the route we make a coffee or beer stop in a local cycling café. Afterwards, we will hit the hills from the final of the race with Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, the last two climbs in Flanders.
From Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde
Today, we go back in time and ride the old final of the Tour Of Flanders. The reason we do this is because you can’t visit Flanders by bike without riding the most legendary final ever. In 2018, this will even be the final of the new Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We do some cobble sections like the Paddenstraat and Haaghoek, Ride some concrete hills like Berendries, Tenbosse and Eyckmenmolen were Stijn Devolder got away for two times. Afterwards, the real deal will hit you with the epic Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg. On the road, we also be able to stop for a coffee, beer or a small meal. Afterwards, we’ll get back to Oudenaarde doing some more hills on the road.
From Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde
After two days of classic riding, you’ll get time to recover during this coffee ride. No big hills, some medium cobbles and just spinning the legs. The route will take you to Kortrijk, a city nearby were you can stop for a coffee or more Belgian beers on a terrace and watch people passing by. The ride itself will pass some beautiful and typical flemisch roads to make you get to know the Belgian cycling culture.
Possibly the hardest climb in the region. Straight, narrow and steep.
A classic with a very steep section before a final kick to the Chapel.
A relatively new climb, Very steep but short with the finish always in sight.
The longest cobbled climb in our trip and the only one where you can find a rhythm.