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 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’.
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.
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.
A “Start to Finish Hospitality Experience” 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.
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 Saturday ahead of watching the professionals on Sunday.
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