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Day 1: Arrive in Brussels, Belgium. Upon early morning arrival at the airport, bike and gear transport to our accommodations in the heart of Flanders near Oudenaarde. Group introductions, get settled, assemble bikes, and then take short ride to loosen the legs, approximately 15-18 miles.
Day 2: Ride to the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cycling Museum, approximately 50-60 miles round trip. Explore the interactive cycling museum, check out the gift shop of unique cycling related items, and then break for lunch. After we’re done eating we will take a slower pace back home. Early to bed so we’re ready to ride the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportivethe following day!
Day 3: Climb the Cobbles! On Saturday ride with 14,000-16,000 other cyclists in the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclosportive. Choice of distances range from 45 to 160 miles, including up to 16 climbs! Please note, this is an unsupported ride through Bike Belgium, however there are rest stops with food and drinks available from the organizer during this event. Riding the Tour of Flanders is unlike anything you have ever experienced.Guaranteed entry into the ride is taken care of for you when you sign up for Cobbles Unlimited.
Day 4: Mingle around the sign-in area and watch riders line-up and maybe even get an autograph before watching the neutral roll-out. Take pictures and feel a part of the enthusiastic crowd that has formed. Transition to one of the climbs while watching the pros fly up the hills that you were struggling on just the day before. After viewing the race in a couple of key spots, transition to the finish line to watch the final moments.
Day 5: Today we will see a little more riding as we explore some of the older routes the Tour of Flanders uses. We will be sure to visit Grammont and the famous Muur Kapple Muur. About 50-55 miles today of climbing and cobbles today.
Day 6: A ride in the morning of 40-50 miles. Then off to visit Gentin the afternoon for shopping and sight-seeing.Make sure you stock up on the best chocolate in the world to bring back for your cyclingfriends.
Day 7: Early ride in the morning before watching a great one-day sprinter’s race. Watchthe 102nd anniversary of Grote Scheldeprijs in Antwerp. After the neutral rollout head to the feed zone to watch the riders come through then eventually stake out a spot to watch the five laps around Schoten. Dinner in Schoten following the awards presentation. Introductions and greetings to our Rumble in Roubaix participants joining us for the second half of our tour.
Day 8: After breakfast we will ride for a couple of hours on quiet roads in the heart of Flanders, approximately 30-40 miles. Later in the day we will take a day-trip to Gent to explore the Castle of the Counts and other ancient architecture.
Day 9: Ride south down to theBelgium/France borderand then continue riding into France the rest of the day. Experience rough French cobbles as we pre-ride sectors used in the Paris-Roubaix.Approximately 60 miles today.
Day 10: Ride the Paris-Roubaix Challenge! Choose between one of three routes which will allow you to ride up to 27 sectors of cobbles. Experience the rough cobbles of Northern France which are much different than the Flanders cobblestones.Finish at the Roubaix Velodrome justlike the pros.Group dinner and time for recovery in the evening. Between 45 miles and 105 miles.
Day 11: On Sunday we will be heading to a cobblestone section to watch the most famous Spring Classic race, the 2017 Paris-Roubaix. Anxiously await the leaders and cheer them on as the excitement builds when the sponsor cars speed by. Bring a cowbell and your outside voice. Expect to watch the race at two to three places along the course before watching the finish in the Roubaix Velodrome. Pack bikes and gear before final group dinner.
Day 12: Breakfast and goodbyes, then transport back to the Brussels, Belgium airport for early morning international flights.
Although we do not require the purchase of trip insurance, we strongly recommend it for your cycling tour. Trip cancelation 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.