When does my experience start?
Our services start when we pick you up from Brussels airport and end when we bring you back there one week later
Which bike to ride?
Our guests typically bring their own bike along. Bike boxes are safely stored in the hotel
What tools to bring?
We have a workshop where a wide range of tools is available (pumps, torque wrenches, Allen keys etc…) . A number of bike shops and mechanics are nearby as well for spare parts and specific expertise
What does a typical day look like?
A typical day in the Flandrien Academy looks like this:
8.00: meet at the breakfast buffet
9.15: leave the hotel in our van and drive to the starting point of the ride
10.00: pump the tires, fill the bottles, go go go!
12.30: lunch along the way
15.00-16.00: Finish the ride
16.00-17.00: enjoy a well deserved beer in a local café
17.00: drive back to hotel
18.00: riders shower and rest while we clean and tune the bikes
19.00: Briefing for the day after
What’s the weather like?
Belgium has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Since the country is small there is little variation in climate from region to region, although the marine influences are less inland. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with a dryer period from April to September.
What clothes should I bring?
The Belgian weather is unpredictable – during our visits to the Tour of Flanders pro race we have experienced melting snow, as well as a very comfortable 18°C. We strongly recommend to bring winter gear – arm warmers (or long sleeve jerseys), rainproof gloves, a good rain vest, leg warmers, thick socks, shoe covers, a bonnet.
Do I need to bring any food or drinks for during the rides?
We will take care of bottles with electrolyte drinks, gels, bars, any other food, as well as recovery drinks upon arrival
These races are known to be tough… How do I know I can do this?
You have to be a trained cyclist for sure. Our rides are over 100kms with numerous hills and pave sections, so this is not for the faint hearted! Cobbles require a fair bit of bike handling skill, especially when wet. Depending on their state, they can require up to 30% more power output than a normal asphalt road! The hills are never long but can be steep, up to 22%.