One of the oldest Spring Classics in Belgium and one of the greatest to watch.
Every season of the Spring Classics starts out with Ghent-Wevelgem in March each year. In the early season riders are in great form and ready to show us what they’ve got. With lots of climbs, narrow roads, and plenty of cobbles the race proves to be a grand spectacle.
Experience some of the best roads Flanders has to offer. Ride many of the climbs used in Gent-Wevelgem like the famous Kemmelberg with its rough cobblestones, high pitches, and twisty descents. Feel the bone-chilling rain, piercing cross-winds, and roll over the chocolate-brown mud. You will know you are in Belgium in the spring.
Watch the 2018 Ghent Wevelgem in March, and ride the same rough cobbles the pros do. For additional racing action catch the Dwars door Vlaanderen and the E3 Prijs Harelbeke, both one-day classic events with hungry competitors wanting a taste of the podium.
One of Belgium’s finest Spring Classic races of the season. Watch Ghent-Wevelgem, ride in Belgium, and join us for another great cycling vacation.
On your cycling adventure to the Great Ghent-Wevelgem you will ride the same roads professional cyclists do, test your skills on rough cobbled routes, climb steep grades, and enjoy the scenic beauty Belgium has to offer. Filled with sprinting, attacks, and crashes, Ghent-Wevelgem keeps the excitement amplified until the final kilometers. Not only will you watch the Gent-Wevelgem Spring Classic, but you will also get a chance to watch other big one-day races; E3 Harelebeke, and Dwars door Vlaanderen.
We offer an action-packed cycling vacation with three early season races. You will also ride hundreds of miles around Flanders during the seven day tour, including many of the climbs used in other classic races. New this year is the Passage Fitness Omloop Cyclosportive which allows you to ride the Gent-Wevelgem course the day before the race. Select the distances of your choice from 45-85 miles.
As with all our tours we ride some of the best roads Flanders has to offer. Experience one of Belgium’s finest Spring Classic races this March while joining us for the 2018 Ghent Wevelgem!
This is a sample itinerary of what you can expect on the Great Ghent-Wevelgem bike trip. It may be changed at any time due to weather and race dates among other reasons.
Traveling With Your Bike
We recommend that you bring your own bike on vacation, however if your airline will charge you an excessive amount, or you don’t have a bike box, a road bike can be rented in Belgium. If you are interested in this option please let us know when you sign up. Many times the rental fee will be about the same as the airlines charge to travel with your bike.
What To Bring
Weather in Belgium in the spring can be quite chilly. Please bring the appropriate riding gear for all weather conditions including rain, cool temperatures, and brisk winds. Besides a cowbell for cheering on your favorite rider and a pair of comfortable walking shoes, you may want to check our travel tips for advice, training tips, and a packing list for other recommendations.
March 23, 2018 - March 27, 2018
Pro bike racing, canals, and history
Bicycle Rental Available
Lodging, Double Occupancy
Single Room Options
Day 1: Arrive in Brussels, Belgium. Upon early morning arrival at the airport, bike and gear transport to our accommodations. Assemble bikes, and go on a casual ride, approximately 20 miles. Explore one of the most intriguing cities in Belgium, and enjoy sightseeing and shopping in the evening.
Day 2: After breakfast at our hotel, we will take a moderate ride along the byways of Belgium’s countryside. Photo opportunities exist as you ride through the scenic landscape and see the occasional windmill, approximately 40-50 miles. In the afternoon watch the Dwars door Vlaanderen one-day Semi-Classic race. This 200km race will provide terrific viewing of the hills around the towns of Roeselare and Waregem and a chance to be in the feed zone.
Day 3: Ride a portion of the Gent-Wevelgem one-day race including some of the rough climbs found in this Spring Classic. Start near Poperinge and ride to the finish, approximately 50 miles of mostly flat roads, except for all fourteen climbs. At the end of our ride today you will have a better appreciation of what the pro’s endure while racing.
Day 4: An easier ride of approximately 40-50 miles around the small cobbled roads around Flanders and then a big hearty lunch. In the afternoon we will head to one of the bergs to watch a fascinating race, the E3 Harelbeke, where the biggest names in contention will battle it out. Dinner will be in Harelbeke, the finishing town of this one-day event.
Day 5: Select the distance of your choice for the Passage Fitness Omloop Cyclosportive. Options include 140km, 114km, or 73km (45-85 miles).
Day 6: Day off of your bike as we head to the start town of one of the greatest races in Belgian history, the Gent-Wevelgem. View the race from multiple locations along the route. Final group dinner and pack up bikes and gear.
Day 7: Breakfast and goodbyes, then head back to the Brussels airport, unless you are extending your stay with us to watch the Tour of Flanders and watch more great racing action.
Bike Belgium tours include challenging rides with van support, knowledgeable guides, distinctive lodging, cultural activities, and prime viewing at professional races. With small group sizes we are able to focus on our clients and offer flexible itineraries. By keeping tours small, the schedule can be easily modified during the week depending on participants needs.
Knowledgeable guides and staff who have a passion for cycling
Local English-speaking guides
Van support during rides, stocked with snacks and bottled water
All lodging, double occupancy, at authentic rural bed and breakfasts (when possible)
Standard European breakfast each morning
Traditional lunch and dinners (except where otherwise noted)
Transportation to and from the Brussels, Belgium airport
Transportation of luggage, gear, and bikes during the tour
Secure storage of your bike when not riding it
Brewery tours and museum entry fees (if applicable)
Small group size to make your vacation enjoyable
An abundance of Belgian culture
Airfare to/from Brussels, Belgium
Gratuities for guides and leaders (industry standard is 5-10% of trip cost)
Single Supplement (when available)
Miscellaneous personal expenses
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.
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