San Remo to Roubaix
One doesn’t always have to be on Belgian territory to do Flandrien-esque stuff… And this package is there to prove it! It combines two Spring Classics Sportives, Milano San Remo and Paris Roubaix, with some serious climbing in the French Alps. Not for the faint hearted but an excellent way to add some milestones to your own palmares! The Pro race in the picture here is the Dauphiné Libéré, where podium contenders build up their own and their team’s strength in preparation of the Tour de France…
|Start date||June 4th|
|End date||June 13th|
|Hotel location||Briançon, France|
|Nr of rides||4|
|Nr of Sportives||2|
|Total kms on pave||–|
|Number of hills||Col du Galibier, Col de la Madeleine|
Day 1 – Saturday 4th of June
Arrive at Milan Airport and pick up by our staff who will guide you to our shuttle bus. 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 some assistance.
We leave for a short ride to loosen the legs and discover the area nearby. A welcome diner is provided at the hotel and there will plenty of time to meet the guides, colleague bikers and ask questions.
Oh yeah, there is time to have a glass of Brunello (or two)!
Day 2 – Sunday 5th of June
Race day! La Prima Vera. – 298km or the longest one-day professional bike race. Leaving in Milan and ending along the coast of the Italian Riviera in San Remo but on our way we meet La Manie, a lot of capo’s , the famous Cipressa & the final climb of the Poggio. For the pro’s it’s an “easy” ride with most likely a sprint at the end but for us it’s quite a heavy race.
At the end of the race we will make a transfer to Nice – Menton were will have a little pasta party and a well deserved beer. We will spend the night also in this cosy French town along the coast.
Day 3 – Monday 6th of June
Today we take it easy – We ride to Monaco by bike for a visit of the Centre of Monte Carlo and Monaco. We bring a short visit to Philippe Gilbert’s bike shop, stroll along the harbour and count Ferrari’s ;-).
We spend another night in Menton, Nice.
Day 4-Tuesday 7th of June
Scenic Bike ride from Menton-Nice-Menton or some 60km in the saddle. Monaco and his region is a basecamp for a lot pro riders because of diversity of training rides they can make. You have the hills around Nice and the flat rides along the coast.
Late afternoon we make a transfer to our hotel in Briançon.
Day 5- Wednesday 8th of June
We wake up in the Hautes Alpes and after breakfast we’ll go out and climb the Galibier!
In the afternoon we’ll bring a first visit to the Dauphiné Libéré. This race is an important race in the lead-up to the Tour de France in July and it is part of the UCI World ranking calendar. Many pro riders choose this race to recognize the stages of the Tour de France 2016.
After we watch the peloton pass by we will head back to our hotel in Briançon.
Day 6 – Thursday 9th of June
In the morning we go for coffee and a stroll in Briançon where several buildings are classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage site.
We leave around noon by car to have a good spot along the track for the Dauphiné Liberé.
Day 7- Friday 10th of June
Last day for us in the Alpes, so we take our bike and go for a ride. We go to the Col de la Madeleine, rated Hors Categorie (the highest ranking) by the Tour de France, this climb has appeared 24 times in the TDF. Cyclists describe the climb as beautiful but heartbreaking!
Day 8- Saturday 11th of June
Today we leave the hotel to take a transfer to Paris for a perfect preparation of the cyclosportive tomorrow. We check in to our hotel, pickup our race number and have a big pasta meal.
Ultimate bike checkup and a good rest before we face the Hell of the North.
Day 9- Sunday 12th of June
Raceday! We wake up early, have a big breakfast and go to the start in Compiègne, the north of Paris. Finish will be on the velodrome close to the Belgian frontier in Roubaix. With more than 50km’s of cobbled sectors and a total distance of 253,5 km this will be a race you will never forget.
Afterwards we take a shower in the famous showers where also the pro’s go after their race and we return to Ghent ( Belgium).
Day 10- Monday 13th of June
This is the end of a trip you will never forget.. and we head different ways. We provide shuttlebus that drops you at Brussels airport.
Full package: 4850
Single Supplement: 545