Spring Classics

Spring Classics

Are you a fan of the Classics? If so, this is your trip. No-one does the Classics like Thomson!

Real bike racing , rough roads, questionable weather, frites and great beer, welcome to the Classics! Not for the faint of heart, only a spot on the Deceuninck-Quick-Step Team would get you a more intense Classics experience!

Overview

Details

Next Departure

April 2nd 2021

Price

USD $5,695

Duration

11 days / 10 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

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Overview

Over the course of the trip, you’ll conquer the cobbles, catch premier pro race action, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture that define the Classics.

You’ll start this epic trip by riding the Official Tour of Flanders Gran Fondo. The trip then continues the next day with live viewing of the Tour of Flanders on the Paterberg! Witness the sheer grit of the peloton as they battle to claim one of the oldest and most prestigious titles in the history of cycling. After watching the pros in action in the Tour of Flanders, you’ll spend the next four days riding the final 100 km (62 miles) of Gent-Wevelgem, then each of the Ardennes Classics: Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amstel Gold and La Flèche Wallonne, before returning to Roubaix.

Learn how to ride the Roubaix cobbles with our expert Ride Leaders on the Friday, then the following day, ride the Official Paris-Roubaix Gran Fondo, a gruelling 170 km ride with 28 cobbled sections! Finally, you’ll cap off a thrilling cycling week with VIP race viewing of the “Hell of the North,” Paris-Roubaix. Our relationship with ASO will get you VIP Access to the Race Start, a mid-race cobble section and then VIP access to the Race Finish in the famous Velodrome.

Have a non-riding partner who’d like to join you? No problem, bring them along – we have a full itinerary specifically designed for non-riders. Race viewings, town visits, cultural tours – all managed by Jacinta, our Spectator Trip Manager!


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The Classic trip truly gives a new appreciation of these famous routes and the difficulty of the roads. Riding these iconic courses as well as ...

Jonathan Laine, USA — 2017

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If you love the Spring Classics, and dream of experiencing them to the fullest, THIS is your bucket list trip! Peter and his team surpassed ...

Rich Roberts, USA — 2015

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This was the trip of a lifetime. Wow. The whole team were well-organized and from my end it all appeared to run seamlessly. I will ...

Jeff Sangster, Canada — 2018

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenue en France! Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel
02 RIDE Tour of Flanders Gran Fondo Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel
03 LIVE Viewing: Tour of Flanders Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel
04 Gent-Wevelgem: Ride the last 100km Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
05 Amstel Gold Race: RIDE the last 100km Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
06 Fleche Wallone: RIDE the last 100km Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
07 Liege-Bastogne-Liege: RIDE the last 100km Van der Valk Hotel Verviers
08 From the Ardennes... to Hell Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel
09 RIDE Paris-Roubaix Gran Fondo Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel
10 LIVE Viewing: Paris-Roubaix! Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel
11 Au Revoir! Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Bienvenue en France!

Your trip starts at Lille Europe Train Station where our staff will meet you before the short transfer to your hotel in Roubaix.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll head out onto the narrow lanes for your first taste of riding in Northern France.

Day 2

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RIDE Tour of Flanders Gran Fondo

The first of our 2 Gran Fondos sees you on the Start Line in Oudenaarde for one of the top gran fondos in the world. Thousands of cyclists line up to ride the same routes that the pros will ride tomorrow, over the bergs that make the Tour of Flanders so unique and special.

The Gran Fondo route covers the same famous cobbled bergs as tomorrow’s pro race: Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg and Muur van Geraardsbergen – you’ll ride them all! The atmosphere at the fondo is fantastic – the Belgians love their cycling! We recommend the 174km route – but there are also 74km, 139km and 229km options.

Day 3

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LIVE Viewing: Tour of Flanders

Today is definitely one of those must-do, bucket list items for the passionate cyclist! Witness the pros fight it out on the Paterberg, one of the key climbs in the Tour of Flanders!

You rode it yesterday so you now know what it’s all about – and you can now watch the pros with a new sense of appreciation.

After a short transfer to Oudenaarde, our staff will lead you over to the Paterberg, the best location to witness the pros fight it out. Feel the atmosphere grow as the race approaches, enjoy a Belgian beer with sausage & pommes-frites and get ready to witness the locals go crazy if a Belgian rider powers up the 20% climb near the front.

Map & Profile

Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
No major climbs today
Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
Leberg
3.4% 4
Valkenberg
4.5% 4
Kaperij
3.5% 4
Kanarieberg
7.5% 4
Koppenberg
10.6% 4
Steenbeekdries
2.7% 4
Taaienberg
5.1% 4
Kruisberg
Oudestraat
5.8% 4
Oude Kwaremont
4.2% 4
Paterberg
7.8% 4
Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
No major climbs today

Climbs

Day 01
Day 02
Day 04
Day 05
Day 06
Day 07
Day 08
Day 09

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
4 Leberg 02 15 3.4%
4 Valkenberg 02 20 4.5%
4 Kaperij 02 16 3.5%
4 Kanarieberg 02 37 7.5%
4 Koppenberg 02 48 10.6%
4 Steenbeekdries 02 12 2.7%
4 Taaienberg 02 22 5.1%
4 Kruisberg (Oudestraat) 02 26 5.8%
4 Oude Kwaremont 02 20 4.2%
4 Paterberg 02 34 7.8%
4 Geulhemmerweg 05 21 4.6%
4 Bemelerberg 05 20 4.6%
4 Loorberg 05 23 4.9%
4 Gulperberg 05 28 6.3%
4 Kruisberg (Botterweck) 05 33 7.4%
4 Eyserbosweg 05 33 7%
4 Fromberg 05 17 3.8%
4 Keutenberg 05 34 7.6%
4 Cauberg 05 21 4.6%
4 Mur de Huy 06 46 8.9%
4 Cote de Stockeu 07 62 11.9%
4 Cote de la Haute-Levee 07 31 5.3%
4 Col du Rosier 07 38 5.9%
4 Col du Maquisard 07 27 5.1%
4 Cote de la Redoute 07 50 9.2%
4 Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons 07 51 9.4%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
Apr 2 - Apr 12
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USD $5,695
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    Trip Hotels

    Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel

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    Van der Valk Hotel Verviers

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 11 days / 10 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 lunches (on Day 1 and Day 8)
    • Race Passes & Gran Fondo Entries arrow
    • Entry to the Tour of Flanders Gran Fondo
    • Entry to the Paris-Roubaix Gran Fondo
    • VIP passes to the Start and Finish of the Paris Roubaix pro race
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-Off at Lille Europe Train Station
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties
    • Bottled water
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 11 days / 10 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 lunches (on Day 1 and Day 8)
    • Race Passes & Gran Fondo Entries arrow
    • Entry to the Tour of Flanders Gran Fondo
    • Entry to the Paris-Roubaix Gran Fondo
    • VIP passes to the Start and Finish of the Paris Roubaix pro race
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-Off at Lille Europe Train Station
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties
    • Bottled water
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Lille Europe TGV Train Station (direct trains from Paris downtown or CDG airport)

    9:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Lille Europe TGV Train Station (direct trains to Paris downtown or CDG airport)

    8:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


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