Spring Classics 2020

Tour of Flanders & Paris-Roubaix

During these 12 days, you will experience two cycling monuments: The Tour of Flanders and Paris – Roubaix. The Tour of Flanders is the most anticipated race of the year in Belgium. The repetition of the climbs of its cobbled mounts: Kapelmuur, Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg, Koppenberg, an often capricious weather and a popular fervour have made its legend.

Since 1896, Paris-Roubaix has been the most spectacular cycling race in the world. It’s the queen of the classics. It is the length, repetition and irregularity of the cobblestones that make this race so unique.Veymont offers you an introduction to the track in the new Roubaix velodrome, then to experience your Paris-Roubaix with the “sportive” Paris-Roubaix Challenge: Arenberg, the Carrefour de l’Arbre, and its mythical  open air velodrome. Finally, on the day of the pro race, it is in the paved sector of the Carrefour de l’Arbre; very often decisive, about 15 km from the finish, that you will view the riders passing by on their way to glory. We will guide you through three countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and France! You will visit some of the most beautiful cities in Northern Europe: Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Ieper, Lille. What a program!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour of Flanders Sportive
  • Paris – Roubaix Challenge Sportive
  • Tour of Flanders pro race viewing : Antwerpen Grand Départ & Oude Kwarmont x 3
  • Paris – Roubaix pro race viewing : Carrefour de l’arbre
  • Ride the Kapelmuur
  • Recon ride on Paris – Roubaix cobbles
  • Visit of the new velodrome in Roubaix
  • Cross-border ride between Belgium and the Netherlands via the North Sea
  • Cross-border ride between Belgium and France via the Kemmelberg
  • Tour of Flanders museum in Oudenaarde
  • Cycling museum in Roeselare
  • Track initiation
  • Visit of the mythic Roubaix’s open air velodrome and shower room
  • Visit of Gent – Oudenaarde – Antwerp – Bruges – Ieper – Lille
  • Visit of WWI Flanders battlefields
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Veymont retains the right to change the itinerary if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

DAY 1 - Arrival in Flanders

Thursday, April 2

We welcome you at Lille Europe Train Station at 2 pm and drive you at your hotel in Gent where we’ll stay for four nights. After a bike fitting and a tour orientation, we explore this splendid city settled around the Lys river and its historical heart dominated by three majestic Gothic towers. Rich in a multitude of urban landscapes, from the quays of the medieval port to the massive silhouette of the fortress of the Counts of Flanders, as well as its museums, medieval squares and art nouveau buildings. As you will have understood, we did not choose to settle our Tour of Flanders 2020 basecamp  in Gent at random.

 

Night in Gent

Meal included: Dinner

DAY 2 - Ride in Flanders to the Kapelmuur

Friday, April 3

In order to enjoy Flanders unique atmosphere, we have planned today a leisurely ride from Oudenaarde to a mythical place: the Grammont Wall or Kapelmuur (1.2 km of cobbles at 7.8% with very steep sections) dominated on top by a picturesque chapel.

Before the ride, let’s explore the very interesting Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders museum) as we follow the heroic achievements of Johan Museeuw, Tom Boonen, Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert. The place is a must. You can even find café coming with UCI rainbow colours !

We’ll end the ride by a round of Belgian beers before returning to our hotel in the magnigicent city of Gent.

 

Route 1 : 40 km / 530 m D+

Route 2 : 55 km / 860 m D+

Night in Gent

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3 - Tour of Flanders Sportive

Saturday, April 4

Today you ride the route of Tour of Flanders cycling’s legendary Spring Classic one day before the pros.  You are a real Flandrien and ride with people from all over the world, as there were about to 16,000 cycling enthusiats attending the event in 2019. You’ll make new friends for sure.

As this is a cycling holidays, the 260 km route is not on our plan. It’s up to you to choose between the 75 km or 140 km route as both feature a generous helping of the trademark Belgian cobblestones to tackle. You’ll start and end in Oudenaarde.

Along the way you will face the same ascents (Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg, Taaienberg…), cobblestones and narrow roads, and you will get a taste of the challenges the pros have to overcome the following day in their search for eternal glory.

There are feed stations roughly every 30km along the route, stocked with energy bars, waffles and fruit. One of our guide we’ll ride the event as well and support you all day.

 

 

Route 1: 75 km

Route 2: 140 km 

Night in Gent

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

DAY 4 - Tour of Flanders Pro Race Viewing

Sunday, April 5

This morning we head off early to Antwerp, that historical gem on the banks of the River Scheldt, to experience Tour of Flanders Pro Race’s start. You’ll be amazed by the warm atmosphere, the cheerful and passionated Flemish crowd and the numerous Flemish flags while the heroic gladiators will cycle along the yellow carpet and up onto the start stage in the Grote Markt at the foot of Antwerp’s City Hall and Cathedral.

In the meantime, the others riders warm up in the team zone and you can inspect the shiny bicycles and the legs of the race favourites from just a few metres away.

 

Once the race is launched, we drive you to a nice spot near the Oude Kwaremont, one of the most famous berg of the race where you can view the race not once, not twice, not three but four times in a few hours (Female race x 1 and Male race x3)

When the cyclists pass through, you can witness the blood, sweat and tears on their faces.

An entertaining day until the end of the race and an experience you don’t want to miss.

 

Oude Kwaremont VIP stands might also be available with supplement.

 

Night in Gent

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 5 - Loop ride from Bruges to the NETHERLANDS

Monday, APRIL 6

This morning we drive to Bruges, our home for the next 2 nights. In the afternoon we’ll ride across the border with the Netherlands towards the North Sea,  along canals and quiet countryside roads before returning to Bruges.

Route: 80 km

Night in Bruges

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6 - Day off in brugge

Tuesday, April 7

Located in the north of Flanders, at the crossroads of roads, Bruges became a commercial capital in the 12th century. Its richness made it beautiful and its historic centre is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Churches, civil monuments, houses were built around its many canals, which give it its nickname of Venice of the North. Bruges is famous for being the cradle of Flemish painting, for making sheets and lace and for the festivities celebrated on Ascension Day with the procession of the Holy Blood.

 

Night in Bruges

Meals included:  Breakfast – Dinner

DAY 7 - Ride to Lille via Ieper and WWI battlefields

Wednesday, April 8

This morning we first drive you to the well named Museum of Racing Cycling in Roeselare.This cultural space to the glory of cycling is becoming an emblematic place for all cycling aficionados.

We then get on our bikes an discover along the way, the various monuments and cemeteries along the Ypres Salient, an important front line, remind us that bloody battles raged in this region during the First World War. After crossing Ieper, we continue this day in the heart of History at the Kemmelberg, the theatre of violent fighting in April 1918 and the decisive landmark of the classic Gent – Wevelgem !

Finally we cross the border with France and ride along a canal to get to our hotel in Lille, our new home until the end of the tour.

Route: 80 km

Night in Lille

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

Day 8 - Day Off in Lille

Thursday, April 9

All the ingredients are in place to make the capital of French Flanders a must. A stroll in Old Lille, a visit to the Palais des Beaux-Arts (one of the most beautiful museums in France), the discovery of alternative places (the Tripostal or the surprising Maison Folie) will delight you. Also enjoy the shops of young creators, the countless offers of the music scene, and all the cafés…. The sense of celebration and hospitality of the people of Lille are not usurped qualities!

 

Night in Lille

Meals included:  Breakfast – Dinner

DAY 9 - SHORT RIDE ON COBBLES - TRACK INITIATION - VISIT OF ROUBAIX VELODROME

Friday, April 10

On the day’s programme, a short ride (about 20 km) to learn how to ride on the mythical cobblestones of Roubaix. After picking up your bib and registration for tomorrow sportive we will continue with a visit to the Roubaix open air velodrome, and the mythical showers… before concluding with an initiation on the track in the new Roubaix indoor velodrome.

 

Route : 20 km

Night in Lille

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 10 - PARIS - ROUBAIX CHALLENGE

Saturday, April 11

Route 1: 75 km

Route 2: 140 km 

Night in Lille

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 11 - PARIS ROUBAIX PRO RACE VIEWING

Sunday, April 12

Located about fifteen kilometres from the finish line, Le Carrefour de l’arbre is one of the most difficult paved areas in Paris-Roubaix. Quite often, this is where the race is played out. Veymont takes you there to enjoy the Pro race.

 

Night in Lille

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

DAY 12 - Departure

Monday, April 13

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Lille Europe Train Station after breakfast to end this Spring – Calssics 2020 trip unless you want to experience another bike trip with Veymont

Meal included: Breakfast

Spring Classics 2020

Veymont retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

Gent – 4 nights

Hotel Harmony – 4*

Beautifully located on the banks of the river in the heart of Ghent, the luxurious Hotel Harmony guarantees you an unforgettable experience. The hotel is located in the Patershol district of Ghent, the oldest district in Ghent.

Harmony Hotel is 100 metres from the Château des Comtes and 5 minutes walk from Saint-Bavon Cathedral. If you want to visit Ghent in style, you are more than welcome at Hotel Harmony!

Bruges – 2 nights

Grand Hotel Casselbergh – 4*

Grand Hotel Casselbergh**** is the ideal place to start your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bruges. Centrally located, at just 150 metres from the Burg and the Main Market Square. This unique hotel is a perfect blend of historic and modern luxury and takes you back to a time of ecclesiastical and noble atmospheres. The hotel has a stunning wellness area in the 13th to 17th century basements. 

Lille – 5 nights

Couvent des Minimes – 4*

Located a few minutes from the city center of Lille, the Couvent des Minimes 4* was built in the seventeenth century, between 1622 and 1638. Designated as a historical monument in 1977, it was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1990. A transformation that respects and values its flamboyant Flemish architecture of red bricks and spectacular vaults.

Located in the immediate vicinity of old Lille with its luxurious boutiques, the hotel enjoys a peaceful and relaxing environment, across from a peaceful lagoon.

BIKES

Included

Carbon road bike – Shimano Ultegra

Giant TCR Advanced 1

Size: XS – S – M – ML – L – XL

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-28

 

 

GEARS

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip. Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Included with a road bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL

 

Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

Dates

Price / Person*

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy supplement

 

April  2 – 13, 2020

 

 

 

   from 4990€* 

 

 

 

+ 900 €

 

*Price may vary according to the season, the hotel availability and supplement(s) chosen.

Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants. In case there are less than 4 participants a supplement will be requested to guarantee the departure of the tour.

If you are a group of more than 7 people or you would like to privatize or customize the tour, please contact us to adjust our offer to your needs.

Included

Not Included

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