MANCHESTER, UK, August 1, 2017–Sports Tours International for nearly 30 years has organized trips to view Europe’s Spring Cycling Classics. For 2018 they have announced four tours in three countries covering the first 4 ‘Monuments’ of the cycling season: Milan San Remo in Italy; Tour of Flanders and Liege Bastogne Liege in Belgium; and Paris Roubaix in France.
Sports Tours International (https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/) suggests booking event-viewing packages early to guarantee being in the heart of the action and perhaps riding the official cyclosportive with transport and accommodation for the tours, guaranteed entry and support to cyclosportives as applicable.
The Spring Classics jump start Sports Tours International’s 2018 season which focuses on the world’s most compelling cycling competitions such as Tour de France.
First on is Italy’s Milan San Remo pro race on Mar. 17, 2018, covering a distance of 293km. Guests can ride the Gran Fondo San Remo after watching the race. A travel package includes VIP access that is also available as a stand-alone option. A weekend travel package includes the opportunity to ride across the official finish line in San Remo ahead of the race arrival; on-site photographs; a behind-the-scenes tour before watching the pros finish; on Sunday riding the final part of the route in the 100km Gran Fondo ‘La Classicissima’; VIP access; three meals for three days; hotel accommodation and more. Package prices and bookings will be available shortly. See:https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/milan-san-remo/
Northern Belgium’s 2018 Tour of Flanders opens with a Mar. 31 cyclosportive in advance of an Apr. 1 pro race famous for short, sharp climbs from Antwerp into the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen, the deciding climb for Philippe Gilbert’s win in 2017. The final section follows the usual finishing circuit with the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg. Sports Tours International supports all four distance options and includes the opportunity to cycle the full 230 km from Antwerp. A three-night package from Friday to Monday is from £249 per person double, for bed and breakfast. Additional packages are offered. See:https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/tour-of-flanders/
In France the 2018 Paris Roubaix Pro Race covers 257.5 km on Apr. 9. In this year’s summer-like conditions, Belgian Greg van Avermaet won the 2017 “Queen of Classics” ahead of Szdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld. Many consider this to be the best one-day classic cycling race to watch. Sports Tours International offers accommodation in Senlis, close to the start in Compiegne. Two nights is from £199 per person, double, and includes bed and breakfast, a sandwich and drink at the finish in the Roubaix velodrome and rep support.
A “Start to Finish Hospitality Experience” at £525 per person takes in the 2018 Paris – Roubaix including its finale at the Roubaix Velodrome from the comfort of the hospitality area. This is a great day of watching one of cycling’s iconic cycling races. From the Start in Compiegne to the Finish at the Roubaix velodrome, guests will be at the heart of the drama enjoying this classic in an unparalleled environment. Hotel accommodation for 1, 2 or 3 nights is also available at a 4 star hotel in Roubaix at an additional cost. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/paris-roubaix-pro-race/
Back in Belgium, in the Wallonia region of the country, is the Apr. 21-22 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Challenge and Pro Race spanning three nights. This senior among cycling’s classics was first held in 1892. It embraces the hilliest parts of Belgium, along routes typical of the Ardennes. A weekend can include riding the Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge on the Saturday ahead of watching the professionals on Sunday. Hotel only, overland bike transport and VIP and Hospitality options available. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/liege-bastogne-liege/
About Cyclosportives: Commonly referred to as sportives, these rank with gran fondos as firm fixtures on the worldwide cycling calendar, offering both seasoned racers and newcomers to a sport that can be as gruelling or straightforward as they wish. A cyclosportive is characterised by being a mass participation cycling event. In the UK, Australia and parts of the USA they're billed as non-competitive events. In Europe there is more of a competitive element with categories and prizes awarded to the fastest finishers. Most, if not all, sportives use timing chips ensuring a healthy level of competitiveness is always present no matter what. Results are usually published in detail on the event website and often have gold, silver or bronze time standards. Some riders look for an element of competition, perhaps by signing up with a bunch of mates for a burn up, or trying to be in the first or fastest group to finish. Others, who might find road racing a little strenuous, can ride at a steadier pace and still enjoy the benefits of a ride with marked directions, feed stops and mechanical support. See: http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/article/what-is-a-sportive-13986/
Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events and triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality. Clients often can participate in events with the pros and are encouraged to “unleash your inner hero” or when it’s not possible to compete, there’s the ability to be active spectators along the routes and “watch your heroes.”
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