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TOUR OF FLANDERS VIP

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF THE rONDE IN 2018!

 

Make your plans today to join us this spring in cycling-crazed Belgium for a VIP vacation at its greatest cycling event, the Tour of Flanders! Everyone here calls it a "Holy Week" and rightfully so because this is the week where Legends have been created since 1925, ones that will be praised and debated with a religious fervor for generations to come. The list of winner's here reads like sacred cycling scripture: Rik Van Steenbergen, Louison Bobet, Rik Van Looy, Walter Godefroot, Eddy Merckx, Roger de Vlaeminck, Jan Raas, Eric Vanderaerden, Johan Museeuw, Peter van Petegem, Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Peter Sagan, and Philippe Gilbert.

Back in 1996, we created the very first cycling vacation to the Spring Classics with recently-retired pro Phil Anderson. Thus, we have a special place in our hearts for Belgium and want to show it to you this year. With our VIP vacation program, we'll visit the popular Tour of Flanders Museum as well as ride the historical course with it's cobbled "bergs" during the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive. Thus, you can look forward to riding such mythical cobbled climbs as the Koppenberg, Olde Kwaremont, Muur de Geraardsbergen and Paterberg. On the day of the "Ronde," we'll enjoy VIP Race Viewing where we'll see both races (men's and women's) while enjoying the warm hospitality of the Tour of Flanders Race Organization. Of course, since this is Belgium, you'll enjoy refueling each evening on the delicious international cuisine while savoring Belgian beers, waffles, and chocolates. Our home base for this vacation will be in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ghent, where you'll enjoy four-star accommodations for the duration of your Flanders vacation. So make your plans today for an unforgettable VIP experience in Flanders at the 2018 edition of the "Ronde!"

ITINERARY

Dates:
March 29 - April 3, 2018
Length: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: $4,999.00 pp in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $999.00
WOW Factor!: Rubbing shoulders and enjoying breakfast with past champions of the Tour of Flanders as VIP's at the Flanders Cyclosportive!  Other highlights include VIP status / race-viewing on the day of the 2018 Tour of Flanders and visiting the Tour of Flanders Museum. 


March 29 - Welcome to Belgium! Following our meeting at Brussels International Airport at 12 noon, we'll transfer you to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ghent and our 4-star hotel. Following check-in for the next five nights, assemble your bikes with the assistance of our professional mechanics before enjoying a ride through the hallowed fields of Flanders to loosen up. This evening, we'll enjoy a festive "Welcome Meeting and Dinner" in the medieval center of town!

March 30 - Flanders Warm-Up Ride / VIP Flanders Cyclosportive Registration.
This morning, we'll ride through the fields and quiet roads of Flanders as we make our way to Oudenaarde where we'll climb the famed cobbles of the Koppenberg (once or twice or three times!) before enjoying some coffee and Belgian pastries. Afterwards, we'll register for tomorrow's mythical ride of the Flanders Cyclosportive where we'll be listed as VIP's! This evening, enjoy exploring the brasseries and restaurants of Ghent for dinner on your own as you fuel up for tomorrow's big ride through Flanders!

March 31 - VIP Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive!
Following an early transfer to Oudenaarde, we'll enjoy a VIP day at the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive that begins with being welcomed by some of the Ronde's past champions like Johan Museeuw and Alessandro Ballan! After enjoying a full Flandrien breakfast with these legendary riders, choose from one of three courses (74 km, 138 km, or 173 km) that will feature such mythical cobbled climbs as the Olde Kwaremont, the Muur de Geraadsbergen,the Koppenberg, and the Paterberg! After collecting your medal, enjoy a massage along with entry to the VIP Pasta Buffet with drinks. Upon the completion of our day at the Flanders Cyclosportive, we'll return to Ghent for dinner on your own. 

April 1 - VIP Tour of Flanders Experience!
Today you will enjoy all the excitement of the 2018 Tour of Flanders as a VIP Guest! After being welcomed by our hostess, we'll enjoy appetizers, a welcome drink, BBQ lunch with salads, and open bar where we'll see the Men's Race three times and the Women's Race one time. In addition, when the race is not in sight, we'll enjoy large screens TV to watch the race so we don't miss any of the action! Following the conclusion of the race, we'll toast the 2018 winner with a festive group dinner! 

April 2 - Tour of Flanders Museum Visit and Ride
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before we depart on the bikes for a visit to the Tour of Flanders Museum. Here we'll discover the full history of the Ronde, how it started, and how it has changed and grown over the decades. In addition, you'll see many of the bikes of past champions, see video of past performances of the race, and come to fully appreciate the role the race has played in Belgian and cycling culture. After lunch, we'll ride through Flanders before returning to our hotel where we'll enjoy a "Farewell Dinner" this evening. 

April 3 - Transfer Day.
Following breakfast, we'll transfer you to the Brussels International Airport with the memories of having experienced the very best of the Tour of Flanders both as a rider and a spectator! Estimated arrival time is 12 noon. 

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • VIP Status for the 2018 Tour of Flanders! We'll see both the men's and women's races from our VIP vantage point, provided courtesy of the Tour of Flanders Organization.  We will see the Men's Race 3 times and the Women's Race 1 time. Food and drinks will be provided by the Tour of Flanders Organization. 
  • VIP Breakfast / Entry at the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive! Includes reception in Tour of Flanders VIP tent by former winners of the Tour of Flanders, a full Flandrien breakfast, and goodies to get you started on the ride! Choose from of three distances: 74km-138km-173km (not from Antwerp!). Our VIP tent is located next to the official finish line of the pro race. Post-ride benefits include massage and entry to the Pasta Buffet that includes drinks. 
  • Visit to the Tour of Flanders Museum. 
  • Five nights of accommodations in our 4-star hotel in Ghent.
  • All transfers.
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off at Brussels International Airport.
  • All breakfasts.
  • Three dinners.
  • Professional bi-lingual staff.
  • Professional mechanical assistance.
  • Daily rides as outlined above.
  • Transport for your bicycle.