THE SPRING CLASSICS I: THE COBBLES
"If you want to see a sporting event, go to the Tour de France. If you want to see a bike race, go to the Tour of Flanders". Such are the words of the Flandrians, and a sentiment shared by us. The Flemish Ardennes, criss-crossed with short, steep cobbled climbs- The Muur van Geraardsbergen, the Paterberg, Eikenberg, Taaienberg, Steenbeekdries, Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg-are as much a part of daily Flemish life as they are the backbone of one of the toughest races in professional cycling. Crossing into France, the windswept fields of l’Enfer du Nord are lined with worn cobbled farm tracks- Orchies, Mons-en-Pévèle, Moulin-de-Vertain, Cysoing- linking together a brutal race course that preys on the mentally weak, unlucky, and unfit. Win one, and you're a hero; win both, and you're a legend. The Belgians may be demanding, but their loyalty is unquestioned.
There are no greater single day races in the sport of cycling than the Spring Classics of April. From the Koppenberg and the steep cobbled climbs of the Flemish Ardennes to the Arenberg Forest and the hellish pavé of Northern France’s Paris-Roubaix, these races define cycling and the riders who win them. Experience all the drama of these epic battles up close – from the amateur Tour of Flanders Cyclosportif to the toughest sectors of pavé from the Arenberg Forest to the Roubaix velodrome. We think you’ll agree that you have to ride it to believe it!
Historic Belgium is on every street you walk down. Shopping and eating in the Grote Market, wandering along its charming canals and across cobbled bridges. The eclectic city of Gent pulsates under the shadows of its stone structures, while the Walloonian city of Tournai proudly displays is cathedral and belfry, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Savor local Belgian ales, including the only beer still brewed in Bruges; view the art of Jan van Eyck and the only work by Michelangelo outside of Italy; and immerse yourself in a cycling culture that is unmatched anywhere else on the streets of Europe, including a visit to the Tour of Flanders Museum.
Experience counts, and we put our intricate knowledge of Belgian roads to good use to assure you’re in prime viewing for all of the race-winning moves. VIP access to the race starts of Flanders and The Scheldeprijs; VIP lunch on the Flanders course; a private tent with a 42” digital TV and catered lunch for the exciting finale of Paris-Roubaix; and live TV in the vans assures you you’re on top of the action the whole day.