RONDE VAN VLAANDEREN ADVENTURE
At some point in every beer drinkers life their thoughts will turn to Belgium. A small country and home to literally thousands of small (and not so small) breweries. The tales of small monastic breweries turning out strong dubbels, tripels, and even quadrupels are true but now they are joined by hundreds of small artisan breweries producing witbier, lambics, blondes, rouge or bruin ales and even IPA. The number of breweries and the number of styles of beer make Belgium something of a beer lovers mecca.
At some point in every cycling enthusiasts life their thoughts will turn to Belgium. The romance, the hardships, the unpredictable weather, make the Spring Classics races of attrition and compulsive viewing. Whether its the cobbled hellingen of the Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen), the brutality of the Paris-Roubaix pave or the unrelenting gradients of Liege Bastogne Liege these ‘Monuments’ of one day cycling are a must.
Lets go to Belgium.
Like all good plans it is perfect in its simplicity. We will ride bikes, visit breweries and return home with tales to tell of craftsmen in Ale and hard men (and women) climbing on cobbles.
Add a few days on this trip and do some more riding and join us for Paris-Roubaix as well.
Thursday March 30th Collect you at the Ghent train station. Check the bikes and settle in for a ride along the Shelde river path and a spin around the wonderfully named village of Beerlegem. With of course many chances to visit a brewery and or cafes selling a wide range of Belgian beer as well as experiencing some of the helligen and pave made famous by the Ronde and E3 Harelbeke. Dinner and a beer in the town.
Friday March 31st Afternoon museum of cycling in Oudenaarde. Visit the start finish area and collect race numbers and any souvenirs ordered. Visit some good brew - cafes
Saturday April 1st Transport to the start and meet at the finish of your chosen distance, or if not riding a free day for sightseeing or just drinking in the rising excitement in Oudenaarde.
Sunday April 2nd Guide to a point where you will get close access the race and watch the pros come thundering past or VIP access to the Oude de Kwaremont (this will cost around $350 more but includes an open bar, a buffet, TV coverage of the race and a grandstand view of the Kwaremont). The actual race route for 2016 has not been unveiled yet but is expected to pass the Kwaremont at least twice probably three times. Other VIP options are available.
Monday April 3rd Riding from our hotel in Ghent today we will enjoy the Flemish Ardennes and the classic cycling routes in the region. There are a couple length ride options depending on how you are feeling the day after the race.
Tuesday April 4th A quick morning ride before parting ways at the Ghent train station or transfer to the airport in brussells.
Lodging for 5 nights in Ghent
Breakfast each day
Snack and water during each days ride
Dinner the first night
A pint of beer each day
Entrance into the Flanders Sportive, if available.
VIP viewing area if selected for Der Ronde
Well planned and enjoyable routes to ride and enjoy.
Price Does Not Include
Transportation to and from Ghent
Beer beyond the first pint and opening dinner.
Entrance to the Flanders VIP area Paris Roubaix add on.
Ability to ride the routes chosen.
Must be of legal drinking age to sample and enjoy beer
Adventure price: $2500 per person