OFFICIAL TOUR OPERATOR FOR THE “ROUBAIX CHALLENGE”
Make your plans to join us in April 2020 for a pilgrimage to the battlefields of the "Hell of the North" at cycling's most prized one-day event, Paris Roubaix! With the help of our friends at ASO in Paris, we have created the ultimate cycling vacation to the "Queen of the Classics" that includes riding the famed cobbles for yourself at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge one day before enjoying VIP access on Sunday's main event with the world's leading professional cyclists. Along the way, you'll feel the presence of the sport's greatest Classics riders such as Roger de Vlaeminck, Tom Boonen, Eddy Merckx, Sean Kelly, Francesco Moser, and Fabian Cancellara as you ride such famed stretches of the "pave'" at the Wallers-Arenberg Forest and Camphin-les-Peveles before finishing in the famed Roubaix Velodrome!
Along with all of the memorable experiences in France, we are also going to visit the Tour of Flanders Museum in Oudenaarde, Belgium, as well as ride portions of the “Ronde,” or the Tour of Flanders! Thus, you will get to experience portions of the sports two greatest cobbled Classics on back-to-back days! Epic!!
In addition to the unforgettable cycling and VIP race viewing, you'll enjoy relaxing in the four-star Hotel Leopold in Oudenaarde. This hotel is the “cycling mecca” during the Spring Classics and you'll enjoy their warm hospitality, comfortable rooms, secure bike storage, and the in-house Starbucks! Reserve your space today for an unforgettable ride through history at Paris-Roubaix where we guarantee you'll create a new legend to call your own!
Dates: April 8-13, 2020
Length: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: $3,799.00 pp in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $899.00
Meeting Point: Brussels Intl Airport (Belgium)
Drop-Off Point: Brussels Intl Airport (Belgium)
April 8: Welcome to Belgium! / Afternoon Spin.
Following our meeting at the Brussels International Airport hotel at 1 pm, we'll transfer you to the village of Oudenaarde, Belgium, and the four-star Hotel Leopold! Following check-in for the next four nights, assemble your bike with the assistance of our professional mechanics before enjoying an easy ride through Flanders to loosen up. This evening, we'll enjoy a festive "Welcome Meeting and Dinner” at the hotel.
April 9: Koers Cycling Museum Visit / Flanders Cycling!
Enjoy a full Flandrian breakfast before departing to the village of Roselare to visit the shrine to cycling in Belgium, the Koers Cycling Museum. This is an amazing walk through the history of cycling including the Classics and the Grand Tours! After lunch in town, we’ll return to Oudenaarde and go for a ride in the rolling Flandrian countryside, including a ride to the Olde Kwaremont! This evening, enjoy exploring the local brasseries of Oudenaarde for dinner on your own!
April 10: Tour of Flanders Museum Visit / “Best of Flanders” Ride / Roubaix Challenge Registration.
This morning following breakfast, we’ll visit the Tour of Flanders Museum! For lovers of cycling and the Spring Classics, this is a “must-do!” After our visit, we’ll change into our cycling gear and ride portions of the official race route of the Tour of Flanders such as the Koppenberg. After lunch in town, we’ll transfer into France where we’ll register in Roubaix for tomorrow’s epic ride, the Paris-Roubaix Challenge! Following our return to Oudenaarde, we’ll enjoy a group dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant in town where they make the best pizzas!
April 11: Paris-Roubaix Challenge!
Today is your opportunity to be a part of history as you ride the famed cobbles of the “Hell of the North” at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge! Following an early breakfast, we’ll transfer to Roubaix where you can choose to ride either the 72 km (43.2 miles) or 145 km (87 miles) course. You can look forward to riding such famed stretches of cobbles as the Wallers-Arenberg Forest and Carrefour de l’Arbre before crossing the finish line in the Roubaix Velodrome! Afterwards, celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow riders before returning to Oudenaarde for dinner where we’ll enjoy dinner together in a hand-picked bistro! (Note: The food and beers at the finish in 2019 were amazing!)
April 12: Paris-Roubaix Professional Race with VIP credentials!
Welcome to the “Hell of the North!” Today you will get to witness the “Queen of the Classics” up-close as we experience the race live in the Wallers-Arenberg Forest before proceeding to the Roubaix Velodrome where we’ll enjoy VIP status in the infield! This evening, we’ll celebrate the day’s winner and your time at Paris-Roubaix with our “Farewell Dinner.”
April 13 - Transfer Day.
After breakfast, we’ll organize transfers to the Brussels International Airport. Estimated time of arrival into the Brussels Airport is 12 noon.
Guaranteed entry to the Paris-Roubaix Challenge.
Four nights at the four-star Hotel Leopold in Oudenaarde.
VIP arrangements for Paris-Roubaix where we will enjoy access in the Velodrome’s infield during the race.
Tour of Flanders Museum Visit.
Koers Cycling Museum Visit!
Riding portions of the Tour of Flanders route in Belgium.
All breakfasts and three dinners.
Experienced, bi-lingual staff.
Professional mechanical assistance.
Daily routes, guide and van support.
Registration assistance at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge.
Pre-Tour Info Packet to assist with your trip preparations.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare to Brussels or Europe.
Transportation or transfers to the “Meeting Point” in Brussels.
Lodging before or after the trip.
Alcohol. There are some meals where some alcohol is included. Anything in addition to this will be your responsibility.
Personal souvenirs and incidentals.
Optional activities not covered in our trip that you decide to do on your own during the trip.
Paris-Roubaix Challenge Merchandise (save space in your suitcase!)
Gratuities for Velo Echappe’ Staff.
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding this trip via the form below. If you would like to reserve space, then please go to our Reservation Page. Thanks!