2015 TOUR OF FLANDERS TRIP
DATE OF TRIP: 03 - 06 April 2015
There's no one day road race like the Tour of Flanders, quite simply it is the best weekend of cycling indulgence that you can have in early April.
If you are thinking you'd like to take part in the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive in 2015 our trip is just what you need to take part.
If you have never ridden this event our experienced guides will make sure your attempt at riding the Flanders cobbles goes as well as possible.
Our guides have ridden the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive many times and have good and ever expanding knowledge of Belgium beers to make sure your time away in the land of the cobbles is enjoyable.
Four start comfort in the centre of Brugge
We will be staying in the very comfortable 4 start Hotel Academie which is in the centre of Brugge. This hotel is idea for enjoying Brugge and watching the Pro race start on the Sunday.
We leave from Brighton early on the Friday to catch the eurostar shuttle from Folkestone. We can arrange other pick up points in Burgess Hill, Crawley and Gatwick and places along the route to Ashford.
After arriving in Calais it is a quick trip to Brugge to book into our hotel before traveling to Oudenaarde to collect our riders numbers etc for the event.
Early on Friday night we will go for a group meal in the centre of Brugge to carbo load for the next day.
It's an early start on Saturday morning where after breakfast we drive to the start in Oudenaarde for the 133km cyclosportive. We plan to ride the 133km cyclosportive route as this has most of the climbs that the pros ride the next day and avoids the long boring flat parts of the full distance event.
That said If you want to ride the full Pro distance route 240km there is that option as we are staying in Brugge where the pro distance route starts, it just means you will be getting up a slightly earlier than those doing the medium 133km route. It should work out that those doing the 240km route will finish around the same time as the those riding the 133km route. We will meet at the finish and have a few beers and food together at the finish area before returning to Brugge.
To reiterate we plan to ride the 133km route, but there is also the opportunity to ride the 240km full route which one or two of our riders will potentially be doing in 2015.
In our opinion you should only attempt the 240 km route if you have ridden the 133km event before and know what you are letting yourself in for.
Riding an extra 66 miles before hitting the cobbles is a tough prospect when you know you still have 83 miles of which a lot is cobbles stones.
So you will have to be absolutely positive that your fitness is upto the 240km route before entering. You can change your mind on the day though.
In our opinion the best option is the 133km route which has all the cobbled sections and is hard enough for most people. You can of course go as fast as you like to make it harder.
Tour of Flanders (pro distance)
Distance: 240.00 km (149.13 miles)
Course Difficulty: 9 Out of 10
Tour of Flanders (medium distance)
Distance: 133.00 km (82.6 miles)
Cost: €25.00 Course
Difficulty: 7 Out of 10
Tour of Flanders (short distance)
Distance:80.00 km (49.71 miles)
Course Difficulty: 5 Out of 10
Everybody that comes on this trip, must have adequate insurance for the trip and has to enter the cyclosportive themselves via the Tour of Flanders website.
To Enter the Cyclosportive click the link below:-
Registration now open
On the Sunday we will watch the Professional race at the start in Brugge as our hotel is in walking distance from the start area. This is a great time to get close to the riders and soak up the atmosphere as the riders get ready to start. After the start we will then aim to get to a point on the circuit where the riders pass more than once more than likely this will be the Kwaremont Climb.
Monday is a Bank Holiday in the UK so there is no rushing back to the UK after watching the Pro Race race on the Sunday. We will instead have another day in Brugge before travelling back to the UK in the Afternoon on Monday.
Early Monday Morning offers the chance of either a short ride or time enjoying Brugge and all it has to offer.
Transfers from UK to Belgium via Euro Tunnel
Three nights at the four star Hotel Accademie
Breakfast at the hotel
FREE entry to a SRS Events UK Cyclosportive in 2015
FREE sports nutrition for the Cycosportive
FREE Continental Inner tube
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Meals other than Breakfast
Travel Insurance (required)
Entry to the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive
Places are limited to 12 people
A deposit of £200 is required to guarantee your place, with full payment to be made by the 7th February 2015.
Full Price £604
Book before 15th December and pay £544
Single supplement is an extra £190.
Pay for the trip on-line using the Paypal button below.
Once you have paid for the tirp make sure you enter the Cyclosportive, see below for details.
To register for the Ronde van Vlaanderen click below