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This is a sample itinerary of what you can expect on the Action in Ardennes bike trip. It may be changed at any time due to weather and race dates among other reasons.
Day 1: Arrive at the Brussels, Belgium airport and transport of bike and gear to accommodations in Liege for the first part of your tour. Group introductions, get settled, assemble bikes, and then take short ride. Approximately 20 miles on the bike to loosen the legs and get a start on the upcoming days ahead.
Day 2: Start the day with breakfast then head out on a group ride around Liege. Enjoy a moderate ride in the hilly Ardennes, approximately 40-50 miles including a couple of climbs and a trip to the local bike shop.
Day 3: After breakfast head to the Netherlands to watch the Amstel Gold pro race and get your first taste of racing action. Day off of bike, but bring your walking shoes as we will head to the start town in the southern part of the country to watch the neutral rollout. After spending time in the start town of Maastricht, we will stake out our spot on the Cauberg and Geulhemmerweg climbs. Surround yourself with shoulder to shoulder Dutch fans and cheer on your favorite climber. Order a basket of Belgian frites with mayo on top. Rest and recover from all that walking with an Amstel Bier or any number of other Belgian beers!
Day 4: Today we will once again be in the Netherlands but this time you can try your bike handling skills as you attempt to summit a few of the climbs in the Amstel Gold race we watched the day before. Experience the Limburg region and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Meuse River, ancient architecture, historical bridges, and fragments of town walls. Picnic lunch in one of many parks the Netherlands has to offer. Approximately 50 miles and lots of climbing options exist.
Day 5: Ride around Huy and Namur and of course the famous Mur de Huy, a 1km climb with an average grade of 10% before calling it a day. Plan on being on your bike a couple of hours or 40 miles. Explore the old village and discover its ancient qualities. Lunch on your own today. Rest near the fountain in the market square, snap some pictures, and then head back home for dinner near Liege.
Day 6: On Wednesday we will watch the Fleche Wallonne Spring Classic race along the course and at the finish in Huy, Belgium. Stake out your spot at the finish line for a great sprint finish on top of the Mur de Huy, then head to a local pub for dinner and to debrief about the latest race results.
Day 7: Ride around Bastogne, and western Luxembourg, home to the Schleck brothers. Today expect 35-45 miles with longer options. Climb category 2, 3, and 4 hills and feel the burn. Discover the difference between the roads in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Dinner in Bastogne to refuel.
Day 8: Day off your bike to explore the town of Bastogne and its historical monuments. This fascinating area is full of rich history and architectural interest. Shopping and sightseeing options which gives you time to discover the town at your own pace. Lunch is on your own today.
Day 9: Ride in the Ardennes along steep-sided valleys and dense forests. A lush and green ride of approximately 40 miles. Ride through charming villages while discovering castles and forts. A scenic picturesque day to enjoy while on your bike. Before dinner stroll along the banks of the river or explore the town square. Explore the canals of Liege, historic buildings, or climb the 373 stairs of the Citadel.
Day 10: Watch another Spring Classics favorite, the Liege-Bastogne-Liege pro race. We will watch the race along multiple locations. Day off of bike to rest your legs by only walking and standing during the race. Final group dinner then pack bikes and gear.
Day 11: Breakfast and goodbyes, then transport back to the Brussels, Belgium airport for early morning international flights.
Traveling With Your Bike
Weather in Belgium in the spring is generally cool and chilly. Please bring the appropriate riding gear for all weather conditions including rain, snow, cool temperatures, and brisk winds. You could be riding all day in unpleasant conditions. Please check our packing list for clothing recommendations.
What To Bring
Spring weather in Belgium can be cool and windy. Please bring the appropriate riding gear for all weather conditions. Please read our packing list for clothing and gear recommendations. All mileage is dependent on weather conditions.
Although we do not require the purchase of trip insurance, we strongly recommend it for your cycling tour. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any travel expenses that you have paid, and cannot obtain a refund for. If your flight is delayed and you miss your connecting flight what will you do? If you travel with your bike and the airlines damage it, what will you do? If your bike or helmet is missing and you can't participate in the tour you signed up for, what will you do?
The right plan will also reimburse your costs for work-related cancelations and provide medical coverage anywhere in the world. Even if you have your own health insurance in the United States, you won't be covered internationally. This alone is an excellent reason to inquire about trip insurance. For around $200 you can insure your trip and have peace of mind while traveling. If you choose not to obtain trip insurance you will need to sign a waiver that you assume any financial loss you may incur, which may be higher than your original trip fee. Call us at 720.295.0758 and we can give you a quote over the phone.