Gent Wevelgem and Cancellara Sportive Weekend 2018 - March
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Gent–Wevelgem is a Flanders Classics cycle road race held in Belgium in late March each year. The event was first run in 1934, and it is often called the sprinters' classic due to its flat finishing terrain. One of the highlights of the race is the ascent of the Kemmelberg.
The 2015 edition was one of the best one day races of the season as the mixed weather conditions turned the race into a battle of survival, and a battle of the strongest classics riders in the peloton. In 2016 Peter Sagan won in the rainbow jersey. We were lucky enough to grab a photo with him in our hotel lobby!
This weekend not only offers the chance to watch the pro peloton up close but also ride the very same flat, traffic free roads on the Gent Wevelgem sportive. This is Flanders with out the cobbles, the exception being the iconic Kemmelberg which is also the only climb.
We are staying in Kortrijk which is ideally located for both the race and sportive. We have a fantastic four star hotel which we have used on several occasions. The Katusha and Tinkoff teams are also based there. We visit Ypres and watch the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.
We limit the number of riders on our tours so you aren't herded around from place to place. We are the UK's number one operator of Belgian cycling tours. We pride ourselves on the care and attention our riders receive.
Included in the cost of the trip is return transport to Belgium from the UK. We travel via the Eurotunnel and there is no need to bag/box your bike as we have plenty of space in our support vehicles.
A few photos from 2016 can be found HERE.
Please note that dates are subject to confirmation from the race organisers.
FRIDAY 23rd March: Collection from pre-arranged points in the U.K and then we will travel to Kortrijk, Belgium. Excellent evening meal and maybe the odd Belgian beer (carb loading) will be sampled.
SATURDAY 24th: Gent Wevelgem Sportive. There are a choice of distances, choose from 50km, 80km, 140km or 200km.
Your registration pack will be waiting for you at breakfast and we are staying just a few km from the event HQ. You can simply ride straight into the sportive with no queueing.
Relaxing meal and social evening in Kortrijk.
SUNDAY 25th: There is the option to ride the Fabian Cancellara Classic sportive, relax at the hotel spa or go out for a recovery ride around the local roads.
After a quick shower and change we head over the Ypres to catch the finish of the Under 23 and Womens races before settling down in a bar to watch the race on TV. We will have to jump out of our seats though to watch the race live as it passes through Ypres!
Evening meal in Ypres at one of our favourite restaurants. We will also watch the Last Post ceremony.
MONDAY 26th: We will head home with tall tales of epic riding, new friendships will have been made and of course plans for the next visit will be discussed………
We are staying at the four star ParkHotel, Kortrijk which is in a great location for bars, restaurants and of course CYCLING!
Access to the pool, sauna and wellness centre is included with your booking.
Single rooms may be available at extra cost subject to availability. Contact us for a quotation.
- Three nights of accommodation B&B only.
- Complimentary return transport to Belgium. Subject to collection point arrangement.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Lunch, snacks and evening meals.
- Travel Insurance. We recommend Js Insurance who offer specific cycle insurance. Full cover is usually around £10 per weekend. Travel insurance is compulsory and we will request a copy of your documents before you travel.
- Entry to the Gent Wevelgem sportive (€10). You will be amazed at the value and organisation of the sportive. Details of the 2016 event can be found HERE.
COST £400 per person based on two sharing. If you are travelling alone we will room you with a fellow cyclist. Riders from the Polocini Test Team receive a £25 discount.
AT THE TIME OF BOOKING A DEPOSIT OF £150 IS REQUIRED TO SECURE YOUR PLACE. DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. To avoid cancellation the balance of your package must be paid ten weeks before the date of your trip - 06/01/2017
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