Our Flanders Fields pack gives you a genuine taste of what racing in Flanders is all about. With two fabulous UCI Pro Tour races and a very entertaining program in between, you are in for a truly memorable trip.
|Start date||Match 25th|
|End date||April 4th|
|Nr of rides||5|
|Nr of Sportives||1|
|Total kms on pave||+-18|
|Number of hills||17|
Day 1 – Friday
Arrive at Brussels Airport and pick up by our staff who will guide you to our hotel in Ghent. The first job will be to unpack our bikes and make them ready for the week! Our staff will be helping out if you have mechanical problems or need any assistance.
We leave for a short ride to loosen the legs and discover the area nearby. We will also ride some cobbled sections! A welcome diner is provided at the hotel and there will plenty of time to meet the guides and fellow riders and to ask questions.
Oh yeah, there is time to have a beer (or two)!
Day 2 – Saturday
Today we head out by mini-van to Ieper and jump on the bikes for some Gent-Wevelgem action, including the famous Kemmelberg which is about 12km from Ieper. The region is dotted with WW1 cemeteries which gives riding there a special touch. The chances of strong crosswinds are quite high, so we will develop you into excellent echelon riders.
Day 3 – Sunday
Today 200 pro’s are aiming for glory in the 2016 Gent –Wevelgem. Gent – Wevelgem is a race for real Flandriens, which was demonstrated by Luca Paolini in 2015. The 2015 edition was the most epic in years as only 39 of 200 riders finished the race! There isn’t that much elevation, but the constant twisting and turning, the notorious wind, and the relentless pace put on by the attackers make it very hard.
We will first go to the start in Deinze where we have a VIP pass into the riders enclosure where we can see the riders signing on and getting ready. Once the race has started we will be on our way to see them again in Diksmuide and Ieper before we go to the VIP area in Wevelgem.
Day 4 – Monday
Today we stay in the Western part of Flanders and we start the day by visiting the Cycling Museum of Roeselare. This museum shows how our beloved sport has developed over the years. We can see old bikes, feel old clothes and learn about the heroes of the old days! After a quick lunch we head further west to the brewery of the best beer in the world: Westvleteren!
We then head to Ieper for dinner and after dinner we visit the Menin Gate Memorial, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in World War I and whose graves are unknown. Following the Menin Gate Memorial opening in 1927, the citizens of Ypres wanted to express their gratitude towards those who had given their lives for Belgium’s freedom. Hence every evening at 20:00, buglers from the local fire brigade close the road which passes under the memorial and play the “Last Post”. After this breathtaking moment we head back to the hotel.
Day 5 – Tuesday
Today is the start of the 3 days of De Panne-Koksijde. This race is not a UCI Pro Tour race but has been serving as the ultimate preparation for the Tour Of Flanders for years. Riders that do well here (or snatch the victory) will do well in the Ronde Van Vlaanderen! Last year Alexander Kristoff proved this by winning both races.
The first day can be considered a mini-Ronde Van Vlaanderen. Our guides will take us into the “Ronde” area and we’ll see the pro’s as many times as possible (depending on how fast we can move between locations). As we are on the bike we can’t make it on time to see the finish in Zottegem but we’ll watch the race in the evening.
Day 6 – Wednesday
Today we’ll take it slowly and we go for a flat bike ride to Breskens, Netherlands.Following the borders of the Westerschelde we arrive at Breskens. After a quick lunch we drive with our mini-vans to Bruges. (those diehards who wants to finish the trip on bike, are welcome and can overcome the last 40kms).In the afternoon, everybody is free to discover Bruges, the Venice of the North and UNESCO World Heritage City. We’ll go for a boat tour on the famous canals. The Central Square in Brugge is also the place where the Tour of Flanders starts every year.
Day 7 – Thursday
Today we go for a stroll with a guide in the beautiful old city centre of Ghent. After lunch we’ll leave to the Eddy Merckx velodrome where our expert support staff will provide us with a track bike – a fixie. After a safety briefing we have time to do as many laps as we want. The Eddy Merckx velodrome is used mainly for training purposes and is not as steep as “Het Kuipke” where the famous 6 days of Ghent are held every year. It’s an exhilarating experience to fly down this track and we are convinced you will love it! In the evening we prepare our ride to Roubaix for the next day.
Day 8 – Friday
Today we ride to the historical heart of Oudenaarde by mini-van for a visit of the Tour of Flanders Centre and interactive museum. Your local guide will be a former world champion cycling! We will take lunch on the beautiful central square in Oudenaarde. Afterwards we’ll visit brewery Roman and get to taste some different beers. Then we ride back to Ghent – on our way back we have a quick stop at the BMC concept store.
Day 9 – Saturday
Today is race day! A 140km ride along the most famous cobblestones and hills the day before the pro’s do! We take an early breakfast and we ride to the start of on of the biggest sport events in Belgium. With our local guides we will be on our way while others will be searching for parking spots.
Once you are there you’ll finally be able to understand the Belgians’ obsession with bike racing. On the to do list: Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Koppenberg, Steenbeekdries, Taaienberg, Leberg, Berendries, Valkenberg and Muur of Geraardsbergen!
Day 10 – Sunday
One hundred thousand cycling fans make the Tour of Flanders what it is today so the atmosphere on the course will be amazing! We will first go to the start in Brugge where we try to catch a glimpse of our heroes before the start. Once the race has started we will be on our way to see them again in Roeselare before we go to the Oude Kwaremont. Firstly we will see the women’s race pass and then the final 3(!) circuits of the men’s race, culminating in the finish at Oudenaarde.
The facilities at the Oude Kwaremont are perfect for a day like this: plenty of food and drinks, toilets nearby, a huge screen to follow the race and of course you will be seeing the pro’s action on the front row! After the race we’ll head back to the hotel for the closing ceremony and dinner.
Day 11 – Monday
This is the end of a trip you will never forget.. and we head different ways. We provide a shuttlebus that drops you at Brussels airport.
Full package: 3750
Single Supplement: 507