Date: April 4-9, 2018 Length: 6 days/5 nights Price: $2,900 (USD) *Shorter options available
Visit France and Belgium
Includes Cyclosportive, Pro Racing
Aluminum or carbon rental bikes with optional disc breaks
The Queen of the Spring Classics, Paris-Roubaix, is one of the oldest, muddiest professional bike races and seen as an enormous accomplishment when the riders reach the velodrome in Roubaix. With its treacherous cobbles and painful roads, it is a race of attrition during the entire 260km of the Hell of the North.
Shorter trip options also available:
Long Weekend – April 6-9: Arrive at our hotel in Lille and ride the Roubaix Cyclo on Saturday before watching the 2018 Paris-Roubaix the following day. Lodging, meals, and Paris-Roubaix Challenge registration included.
Day Trip – April 8-9: Arrive at our hotel in Lille and join us for dinner as we discuss viewing options for the next day. Transport by van to the race the next day. Dinner completes the tour, or you may choose to stay one more night with us.
Sign up to watch the 2018 Paris Roubaix and also ride some of the same cobblestone routes the pros do.
Keep up-to-date on the latest news of the 2018 Paris-Roubaix. See great pictures of the race and read updates from the guides.
You won’t want to miss the battle through the mud, wind and rain, the dust on weary faces, and the scars left behind from the wear and tear on the body. With so many obstacles from the beginning to the end it’s anyone’s race as it comes down to a chase in the final kilometers. The Paris-Roubaix is truly symbolic of the Spring Classics with such a lively spirit engraved in each rider during this one-day blockbuster event.
This year we will visit the Trench of Arenberg and the finish at the Roubaix Velodrome during the Rumble in Roubaix bike tour. With over thirty miles of cobblestones you will experience the Spring Classics from a few vantage points right at the scene of the action.
Ride the cobbles in Northern France and throughout Belgium while adding some bonus base miles to your spring training. Get an early start on the upcoming season when you join us for the 2018 Paris-Roubaix. With dozens of cobbled sections, you will soon discover your favorite set of stones. After we ride the rough, uneven cobbles in France, the sections in Flanders will seem smooth.
Mud, rain, and puddles are common reminders that you are in Roubaix. Join us and find out for yourself! Bicycle trips are being booked to watch the 2018 Paris Roubaix and the Grote Scheldeprijs.
The sprinter-friendly Scheldeprijs will give you a taste of racing action immediately upon arrival. On the first day of your cycling tour we will bring you the sidelines of this one-day race where you can hear the crowd cheer, ring your cowbell, and experience European racing first-hand while watching history in the making.
While in Belgium and France feel submerged in culture and get a taste of times past with a visit to the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cycling Museum. After spending an afternoon learning about rich cycling history sit down in the café with a hearty Belgian beer.
By staying in the heart of Flanders during your cycling vacation you will be able to ride some of the legendary routes used in the Spring Classics including many rough, cobbled climbs. After riding some of the famous routes in Belgium, we will move to the rough edgy cobbled sections in France, before ending with watching the 2018 Paris-Roubaix live.
Paris Roubaix One-Day Package
Do you want to watch the 2018 Paris-Roubaix but can’t get away for the entire week? Join us for the race only and enjoy an all-inclusive Roubaix package.
On Saturday afternoon, meet us at our Belgian hotel near Roubaix, then have dinner with the group while talking tactics and strategies of this year’s race contenders. The next morning load up the van after an early breakfast, and head to the best cobblestone sections near Roubaix, France. View the race at various turning points including the trouée d’Arenberg before making our way to the velodrome in Roubaix.
Race-Only Package includes lodging Saturday night, double occupancy, at our four star host hotel, transportation along the race, and all meals. If you would like to stay with us Sunday night we can make the arrangements for you. Just ask when you sign up.
Paris-Roubaix Pro Race
April 9, 2018 - April 10, 2018
Race-Day package, including Saturday night lodging; meals
April 6, 2018 - April 10, 2018
Bicycle Rental in sizes 49cm to 60cm. Daily or weekly rates available.
April 7, 2018 - April 9, 2018
Race-Day package including two nights lodging, picnic lunch, and post-race dinner
Self-Guided Bike Tour
April 6, 2018 - April 9, 2018
Bike tour with daily itinerary, routes, cyclo entry, and guided Paris-Roubaix race viewing.
Bicycle Rental Available
Lodging, Double Occupancy
Single Room Options
This a sample itinerary of what you can expect on the Rumble in Roubaix bike trip. It may be changed at any time due to weather and race dates among other reasons.
Day 1: Arrive in Brussels, Belgium. Upon early morning arrival at the airport, bike and gear transport to our accommodations near Oudenaarde. Head to the Grote Scheldeprijs to watch the finish of this great semi-classic race. Assemble bikes, settle in, and take a short ride if time allows.
Day 2: Morning ride on isolated, country roads 40-45 miles in the heart of Belgium and climb a few legendary hills and get to love the cobblestones! Visit the city of Gent or Oudenaarde in the afternoon for shopping, exploring museums, and sight-seeing. Optional visit to the interactive Flanders Cycling Museum.
Day 3: Ride to southern Belgium and pre-ride the rough cobbles on the French side of the border before checking into our new hotel in Tournai.This is your chance to ride several sectors found in both the Paris-Roubaix Challenge and the Hell of the North race. Watch for pros riding on the course since it's common to see them pre-riding the course before theone-dayClassic.You might be lucky enough to even get an autograph. The route varies from 50-70 miles today.
Day 4: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 just like the pros. Group dinner and time for recovery in the evening. Between 45 miles and 105 miles.
Day 5: The big day is here! After breakfast we will visit the Trouee d' Arenberg and the race party taking place. From here we will head to our first prime cobblestone viewing location to watch the 2018 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. Enjoy a deluxe picnic lunch among other race fans, and get ready to watch the race at a few cobbled sectors and the finish at the Roubaix Velodrome.
Day 6: Breakfast and early morning transport as we head back to the Brussels airport for late-morning international flights.
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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