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HOW TO TRAIN FOR YOUR SPRING MARATHON DURING THE WINTER MONTHS: WITH OUR AMBASSADORS!
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Start your week at the 2024 Spring Classics completing the sportive version of the Tour of Flanders, then see how it’s done by the professionals the following day as they take to the cobbles at two fantastic races, the Tour of Flanders and the Scheldeprijs. Following this, you will ride the Roubaix Challenge and watch the Paris-Roubaix Pro race. There will be plenty of time in between for you to ride this fantastic area with the unrivalled support from our reps and mechanics.
Ride the Tour of Flanders route in the sportive the day before the pros. There are four choices of event to enter: 75km & 130km sportives, both from Oudenaarde, and 180km and the full 230km distance from Antwerp. We will transport you from Ghent to the start and meet you at the finish.
The Scheldeprijs is a cycling race in Flanders and the Netherlands which starts in Terneuzen, crosses the Scheldt River, and finishes in Schoten. The Scheldeprijs is known as a race that particularly suits the sprinters as it includes several cobbled roads but no significant climbs.
Ride the cobbles for the Paris Roubaix Challenge before watching the Pros! This famous endurance race along the cobble to Roubaix. We operate and carry guaranteed entry for the 170k, 140k and 70k routes. Plenty of opportunity to get to know the tough cobblestone sections of the mythical Paris-Roubaix race.
Situated in the very heart of Roubaix, a 15 minute drive from Lille itself, the Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel is an Art Deco style building with archetypal mouldings, columns and glass work. This stylish and charming hotel is just 500m from the TGV station and just a few metres from the Metro station. All of the rooms have a contemporary feel, exuding well-being and tranquillity. After a long day, come and relax in the sauna.
Check-in from 12h00 Check out up to 12h00
Public indoor parking
Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
Babysitting on request
Reception open 24 hours a day
EARLY CHECK IN FROM 9AM
Dry cleaning / Ironing
Fitness centre Hammam Babysitting on request
Breakfast 1 restaurant(s) 1 bar(s)
Please note that you will spend 6 nights at the NH Gent Belfort and 4 nights at the Mercure in Roubaix. Prices based on sharing a twin or double room. £TBC supplement for the single occupancy of a room.
Arrive early today if possible and enjoy Ghent City Centre. Airport transfers are available from Brussels International Airport (BRU) at set times, please chose from a departure time of either 11:00 or 16:00 from the arrivals area. We cannot accommodate for flights arriving after 15:00. Alternatively make your own way to Hotel NH Gent Belfort. Build your bike up ready for the Tour of Flanders Sportive on Saturday. Bib numbers will be handed out at the evening briefing by the reps!
The longer distance sportive will start from Bruges. The 3 shorter distances start in Oudenaarde. All sportives finish in Oudenaarde. In the morning after an early breakfast we will transport you and your bike safely to Oudenaarde and Bruges for the start of the Tour of Flanders sportive. At the finish we will be waiting for you with a well-deserved complimentary drink and snack. We will then transport you and your bike back to Ghent in order of finish times.
Today there is a transfer to Oudenaarde for general viewing of the pro race with various VIP hospitality packages to choose from.
At the time of booking, you have the ability to choose one of the following options:
Option 1 – You can purchase Official 2024 Tour of Flanders Hospitality with Sports Tours International. There are different types of VIP and hospitality access at various prices
Option 2 – You can follow the race with our Sports Tours representative from Ghent straight to Oudenaarde and watch the full schedule of events from there including the women’s race start and finish, multiple passages of the women’s and men’s race plus the finish of the men’s race. If you want to join us to Oudenaarde, we will be leaving Ghent at approximately 09:00 to allow some extra time in bed than the official VIP packages. In Oudenaarde, there will be large TV screens to watch the race and many facilities for food and drink at your own expense.
Today is a day of leisure to relax and see the sights of Ghent or either join our organised ride with the reps. The ride will be local with a café stop. A briefing will be held in the evening to outline the plans for the rest of the week.
Today will be a day of activities. There will be a short Transfer to Oudenaarde in the Sports Tours minibuses. In the morning, we will complete a guided ride with the group and representatives from Flanders Museum around the local cobbled climbs then return, freshen up, have lunch then visit to the Flanders Musuem. Later in the afternoon we will head back to the hotel via a stop off at a local Belgium Brewery and a chance to sample their produce.
Today we will transporting all clients to watch the Schelderpijs race in our minibuses (transport included in the package). There is the option to ride over to the start or transfer in the minibuses. From here you will be able watch the race from a vantage point 1km from the finish line, so make sure you bring a change of clothes. There is also the option to ride back to hotel after the race finishes.
Today we will transfer all of our clients from Ghent to Roubaix ready for the Paris Roubaix event. There is the option to ride to Roubaix crossing the border into France or relax and ride in our minibuses.
Today there will be a short transfer by minibus before you have the chance to ride 3 sectors of pave to help prepare yourself for the Roubaix challenge on Saturday (optional). The distance and difficulty of this ride will be determined in resort.
Paris Roubaix Sportive Day
The shorter distances start and finish in Roubaix at the Roubaix Velodrome. The longer distance starts in Busigny but also finishes in Roubaix at the velodrome. Busigny is about an hour from Roubaix and we provide transport there in the morning.
Breakfast will be prepared early, in fitting with event times, after which our coach (and bike trailer) will transport you and your bike to the start of the 2024 Paris Roubaix Challenge. The start of the event will be held in Busigny for this year’s 172 km (long) distance. Start time range from 07:00 until 09:00, however we aim to be there early, giving you enough time to prepare. Busigny is approximately a 90 min drive from Roubaix, then, once we arrive, you can set off as soon as you are ready. We will collect you, for transport to the race, direct from the hotel Ibis Lille so you do not need to head to the velodrome. We will use a bike trailer to safely carry your bike.
The 70 km and 145 km distance options both start at the Velodrome in Roubaix so you can simply ride, from your hotel to the start, and back once you have finished. The shorter distance events have starts between 07:00 and 12:00 and 07:00 and 10:00 respectively.
Start and finish locations per distance:
172 km – Start from Busigny between 07:00 – 09:00, finish at Velodrome Roubaix
70 km and 145 km – Start and finish both at Velodrome in Roubaix.
Exciting day! We will chase the race in our Sports Tours minibuses. From the start to the finish in Roubaix. VIP start options and VIP finish options available! Be at the heart of action, including the electric finish at the Roubaix Velodrome with us on our viewing day 9th April 2024. This is the perfect viewing day for one of cycling’s iconic cycling races. From the Start in Compiegne right through to the Finish in the famous Roubaix velodrome, you won’t miss a moment of the incredible drama at this cycling monument.
At the time of booking you can add your chosen hospitality type. You can either purchase Official 2024 Paris Roubaix Hospitality with Sports Tours International or you can chose to purchase our Standard Start to Finish Experience that will allow you to follow the race with our reps. There are different types of official VIP and hospitality access at various prices
Airport transfers are available to Brussels Airport (BRU) from Roubaix at set times, please chose from a departure time of either 05:00am for flights after 10:00 or 12:00noon for flights after 17:00. We cannot accommodate for flights departing before 10:00.
Starts from Bruges – transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £tbc
Starts from Oudenaarde – transfer from Ghent on Saturday morning – £tbc
Starts from Busigny – 1hr transfer from Roubaix on Saturday morning – £tbc
Starts from Roubaix – 10-minute ride from the hotel on Saturday morning – £tbc
If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.
Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.
Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.
Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.
Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.
Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.
Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.
Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.
Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.
Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms or twin share rooms
On many of our travel packages we offer our free ‘Twin to Share’ service where you pay to share a room rather than the supplement for a single room. We encourage single travellers to join our tours and rooms for single occupancy are available on all our tours, but we also offer the opportunity to book our ‘Twin to Share’ service. This option which means that we pair you up with another athlete of the same sex so you can enjoy the event without having to pay the single occupancy supplement.
All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.
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