Your guides will meet you at Kortijk and transfer you to a local Brasserie for a light lunch. Meet your Cannondale team bike for the week, the same one the pros used to tame the Belgium cobbles throughought the Classics last spring. Meet the Cannondale team mechanic and sougnier who will be looking after you for the week. Soon we will set out for our first ride in Vlaanderen on small local backroads as we loop around the country side. A special evening is planned for us as we will be joining the Cannondale team for dinner.
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km
Race day has arrived and the team will be setting out to race the 3 Daagest Panne in Koksijde. First raced in 1977 the race serves as a build up for riders to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Roubaix. We will be cycling to the start area to meet the team as they are racing the 3 Daagse Panne in Koksijde. Have exclusive access and see how they prepare before the race. Watch the riders depart, and meet the staff behind the team. Enjoy a café on the bus before we head out to ride back to our hotel. Tonight is a true Belgium affair as we set out to taste the famous local beers followed with a dinner in Oudenaarde.
Accomplished: 62 miles / 100 km
After a breakfast with the team, we are setting out to De Panne as we will have an action filled day with the team as they are racing two stages.Enjoy a criterium with the locals and see how Sagan sprint for the finish at more than 50km/h. The second stage is a test of strength as the riders set out for the time trial. Have the opportunity of a life time as we will join the director sportiff in the team car to follow the riders during the TT. Enjoy a transfer with the team to our hotel. It’s an Italian affair as we will be having dinner with the riders tonight!
Accomplished: 43.5 miles / 70 km/span>
Team training has arrived and we are getting into gear for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen! We will start our ride with the Cannondale team. Have a casual chat to your favorite riders as we cycle past Belgium country side filled with windmills and cows. After a while we will turn right and head out to do part of the route of the race on Sunday. We will be doing the famous climbs like the Paterberg and the Koppenberg and ride over the legendary cobbles which makes every second of the Ronde van Vlaanderen an exciting race to watch. Lunch will be enjoyed in one of the iconic cycling bars. Enjoy a massage at our hotel from a Cannondale sougnier. Dinner is an open night to discover town and enjoy a local restaurant.
Accomplished: 62 miles / 100 km
Paris Roubaix training day has arrived. Hope you’re ready to tackle the cobbles as we set out in the direction of Roubaix! Ride over roads that were built by Napolions armies and prepare to face the treacherous cobbles yourself. The cobbles have ensured that the race is appropriately nicknamed, The Hell of the North! It is a legendary battle with a history of more than a 100 years. After the ride we will settle in our next hotel in the beautiful French countryside..After a hard day on the bike we will be rewarded with a fantastic dinner at a local restaurant.
Accomplished: 47 miles / 75 km
The day has finally come Ronde Van Vlaanderen is here! The whole of Belgium will come to a standstill to witness the battle that is about to hit the cobbles of Vlaanderen We will be cycling down the route towards the famous cobble sections to watch the race in the best possible way – with the Fans! Line the roads with thousands of fans who have been camping from the previous night. Enjoy local beer as the festivities start celebrating the arrival of the Pro riders. Later the night we will celebrate the end of our tour in style at our favourite restaurant.
After a lazy morning we set out Kortijk train station to wish you farewell after a fantastic tourTotal Mileage Accomplished: 242.5 Miles / 390 km