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Belgium

Belgian Classics Randonnée

16th - 20th May 2018

Discover the roads, culture and climbs that make Belgium's one-day races the envy of the world.

Three stages, three contrasting rides taking you to the beating heart of Belgian cycling. Follow the wheels of years of pros, taking on the best of the one-day Classics. From the famous cobbled bergs of Flanders, over Fleche Wallonne's Mur d’Huy, concluding with roads contested for over a hundred years in Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Take on climbs such as the Stockeu, Rosier, Haute Levée and La Redoute, just a few of routemaster Phil Deeker's favourites, on this trip designed to showcase the best of Belgium.

Single occupancy — NOK25,800 per person
Double occupancy — NOK23,200 per person

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Who is it for?

Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only

How Hard is it?

Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Day Distance Climbing
Day 0, Arrival Day Ghent
Day 1 Ghent to Nivelles 140km 1500m
Day 2 Nivelles to Huy 150km 1750m
Day 3 Huy to Remouchamps 151km 3100m
Day 4, Departure Day Remouchamps

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Day 0, Arrival Day

Ghent

Those arriving by air or train will be met in Brussels for a transfer to Ghent. If you're driving, park at the finish hotel then transfer to Ghent via Brussels. We'll stay in the centre of Ghent and eat dinner at a typical Flandrian restaurant in the old town centre. There will be an option for a short café ride in the afternoon, along canal paths typical of Flanders' bike culture.

Accommodation

Ghent River Hotel

Day 1

Ghent to Nivelles

Conquer the key climbs of the Tour of Flanders finale circuit: Paterberg, Koppenberg, Kruisberg, Taaienberg, Oude Kwaremont, as well as the famous Mur van Geraardsbergen. We'll have the option to make a quick visit to the renowned Flanders Museum at Oudenaarde before crossing the Flemish Ardennes, including one or two more cobbled roads on our way to Nivelles.

Distance

140km

Climbing

1500m

Accommodation

Ibis Styles Nivelles

Day 2

Nivelles to Huy

Riding via the Cistercian Abbey of Villers-la-Ville, rolling farmland leads us to Namur where we'll take on the final cobbled climb of the Tour de Namur. Fleche Wallonne began here for many years, and we'll pick up the first of its finale climbs here. To end the day we'll go twice up Mur de Huy, with the option to loop back for a Mur Triple, as the men’s pro race does. Our hotel is just outside the old market town of Huy.

Distance

150km

Climbing

1750m

Accommodation

Le Chateau de la Neuville

Day 3

Huy to Remouchamps

After an early start, our final day takes us deep into the heart of the Ardennes. The route will include almost all of the legendary climbs of Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Cotes de Wanne, Stockeu, Haute Levée, Rosier and Maquisard, and we'll finish our own adventure on the infamous climb of La Redoute, in the home town of Philippe Gilbert and his fan club. We will then roll down the back road to our final hotel at the foot of the climb.

Distance

151km

Climbing

3100m

Accommodation

R-Hotel

Major Climbs

Cotes de Wanne, Stockeu, Haute Levée, Rosier, Maquisard, La Redoute

Day 4, Departure Day

Remouchamps

The Remouchamps Hotel has a wellness centre, making it the perfect place to relax before travelling home. Those leaving by air or train will transfer by car. For those driving who have already parked at the hotel, the motorway is only 2kms away.

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Customer Testimonials

It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.

— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016

The team.. James, Nico, Vicki and Livio just blew my mind and exceeded my expectations. They were sooo patient even at my lowest energy point when I perhaps wasn't at my finest the team was always there for me!

— Randonnee Dolomites, July 2016

FAQ

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group - on Randonnées there are high guide-to-guest ratios. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

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