TOUR OF FLANDERS
WATCH THE PRO RACES AND COMPETE
IN THE GRAN FONDO "WE RIDE FLANDERES"
Cycling in Belgium is that nations number one sport and attracts millions people. Beer drinking runs a close second! The first part of the tour will be in Belgium (with a short stint in Holland) and the second part in the north of France. We’ll have the privilege to watch two of the important Spring Classics, the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix. These races rate as some of the most difficult one day races in the Pro Peloton. Plus we’ll have the chance to ride the Grandfondo of the Flemish Classic. On top of this, we’ll visit the beautiful and well-known and popular tourist towns of Bruges and Ghent. As well as less well-known towns such as Valenciennes which are often equally as interesting. And what about a good beer after the ride?! Belgium is the world’s top beer producer, offering almost 9000 different beers - Proost !!
START-FINISH: Gant – Douai (Roubaix)
DATES: 5 / 7 /10 or 12 days – From March 25 to April 13
AVERAGE DAILY DISTANCE: 90 km
AVG ASCENT: 700mt
DIFFICULTY Level: 4 out of 5 – Intermediate / Advanced
Terrain: Undulating - Hilly with very short and steep climbs
Main Route: 500km to 1000km
Total Ascent: Approx 4500m to 7500m
Recommended Arrival – Departure Airport: Bruxelles
DATES & COST
DEPARTURES & COST per PERSON
(TWIN or Double Room)
25 March - 3 April 2023 (10 days) | 3'750 €
Tour of Flanderes Extra Long
30 March - 3 April 2023 (5 days) | 1'750 €
Tour of Flanderes Short
30 March - 5 April 2023 (7 days) | 2'350 €
Tour of Flanderes Long
6 April- 10 April 2023 (5 days) | 1'750 €
Paris Roubaix short
4 - 10 April 2023 (7 days) | 2'350 €
Paris Roubaix Long
30 March - 10 April 2023 (12 days) | 4'150 €
Tour Of Flanderes & Paris Roubaix
- Single Room: 60 € x Day
- High End Rental Bike: 60 € x Day
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE?
The experience is built for all riders able to ride for 3-5 hours. This is not a race or high intensity riding, but rather a true cycling adventure across one of the most picturesque countries in the world. We will ride as a group on the rolling terrain and as individuals or small groups on the short climbs, so that everyone will enjoy the ride. On top of each major climb we will regroup to celebrate and refill our bottles, and then enjoy the descent together. As a team, we’ll support each other during the ride and make sure everyone finishes safe and happy! All cyclists interested in exploring a new region and learning about local culture while amidst magnificent scenery will enjoy this incredible experience!
MORE ABOUT THE TERRAIN
We have selected some of the best routes, offering a mix of all terrains, but the terrain will be mainly undulating. The start from Gent is perfect, as it mostly flat.
The few climbs are hard, as the gradient is always around 10-15% and on cobblestones...but generally limited to short distances. The roads are well-paved and safe, with drivers showing incredible respect for cyclists!
THE TOUR INCLUDES
A fantastic tour itinerary designed by Andrea
All hotel accommodations in beautiful hotels, generally 4-star, in twin-double room
All breakfasts, 1 lunch, and all dinners except one on your own
Granfondo Flanderes Registration fee
Min. 2 professional guides on tour (1 fully qualified mechanic)
Van support throughout the tour
All in-tour transfers
Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes, gels, and energy bars during rides by OTE Sport
Garmin 810-820 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
1 top quality cycling kit made by DAMA (jersey, knicks, socks)
Detailed printed tour information booklet
Extra activities besides cycling: Cycling museum
ON REQUEST, NOT INCLUDED
Lunches and Alcoholic drinks
Massage at hotel
Personal airport transfer
Day One - Day One – Gant warm up ride
Main Route: 30km – 18mi
Warm up to stretch our legs and check the bikes. Gant is one of the major cities of Belgium and one of the well-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The historic city centre is stunning. Our hotel is strategically located in between the start and finish of the Flanderes Sportive, so that we can miminize pre-post race transfers.
Day Two – Gant loop to Breskens NL
Main Route: 70km – 43mi Total Ascent: 200m – 650ft
Today we will ride part of the course ahead of the Granfondo, testing our bikes on the cobblestones and on the famous Mur (the walls). On our way back to the hotel we will complete the granfondo registration and then enjoy a great dinner in Gant.
Day Three – Granfondo Tour of flanders
Main Route: 260km – 160mi Total Ascent: 1500m – 4900ft
The big day !! Ready to challenge the ‘Muur’? Muur is the Flemish translation for wall and in fact the narrow climbs are very very steep. Add to this cobblestones and you’re in for a ‘treat”. Fortunately none of these climbs are longer than a one and a half kilometres in length. Good luck!!
Day Four – Oudenaarde loop & Tour of Flanders Pro Race 5-4-15
Main Route: 20km – 12mi Total Ascent: 200m – 650ft
After the fatigue of yesterday’s race, today we have a very short ride to the top of one of the famous ‘Muur’, ready for the spectacle. Especially for the Flemish people today is a real sporting holiday. Locals in all villages take get ready for the Pro’s passing, hours and hours before the race. You’ll really enjoy the atmosphere!
Day Five Mon – Gant to Bruges
Main Route: 100km – 62mi Total Ascent: 500m – 1600ft
For those containing the tour, today we ride to Bruges. Bruges is one of the major cities of Belgium and one of the well-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The historic city centre is a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North".
Day Six – Bruges Loop to Breskens
Main Route: 70km – 43mi Total Ascent: 500m – 1600ft
Bruges is located in the north-western part of Belgium, only a few km’s to the North Sea and very close to the Dutch boarder. We’ll ride part of our route today in Holland, along the coastal road, with the chance to see some old iconic wind-mills, so typical to this country.
Day Seven – Bruges loop of Avesnoise
Main Route: 50km – 31mi Total Ascent: 200m – 650ft
Today we’ll ride a loop in the National Park of Avesnoise. It’ll be a short recovery ride, but with the chance to do extra km’s and more elevation gain if you want.
Day Eight – Bruges to Douai
Main Route: 75km – 46mi Total Ascent: 300m – 990ft
An easy transfer ride to the beautiful town of S. Quentin. The afternoon will be dedicated to relaxation and bike maintenance before the intense next few days rides of this tour.
Day Nine – Douai loop to St. Quentin
Main Route: 145km – 90mi Total Ascent: 500m – 1600ft
S. Quentin is a good starting point to ride into the heart of the French Classic – the Paris Roubaix. We’ll get a taste of the ‘Pavè’, mud and dust. From this town we’ll cross some of the race’s parcours, with a great final for us, riding the mythical cobblestones of the Arenberg Forest. This is a very challenging section classified as a 5 stars in difficulty. This is where most of the breakaways in the pro-race start.
Day Ten – Douai loop to Roubaix
Main Route: 100km – 62mi Total Ascent: 400m – 1300ft
Today’s ride will give you the chance to ride the last 50-60km of the Paris-Roubaix parcours. We’re hoping to have the chance to ride a loop in the famous velodrome used at the end of the race. Let’s see how we go?!
Day Eleven – Douai loop to Arenberg & Paris-Roubaix pro race 12-05
Main Route: 65km – 40mi Total Ascent: 300m – 990ft
Short ride from Douai, and the chance to watch the Paris - Roubaix in or near the Arenberg forest! This is the most spectacular cobblestone section of the race. Generally this narrow road is only used by tractors and farm vehicles and are strictly off-limits to other vehicles, except bicycles of course.
Day Twelve - Tot ziens
A short shuttle to Lille, where there are excellent connections to Bruxelles, Paris or London by train.