Graeme Brown’s Spring Classic Tour 2017

 

10 Days - Check cost with your
Tour Leader.

Terrain: Undulating – Hilly
Daily Distance: Approx 70km – 43mi
Total Distance: Approx 475km – 295mi (without the Granfondo)
Total Ascent: Approx 4000m – 13000ft (without the Granfondo)

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15 - 24 April 2017 (12 PLACES REMAIN)

Options:

  • Granfondo: Liege-Bastogne- Liege on 22nd April (€75.00)
  • Massage Service (30min massages every second day) (€250.00)

Graeme BrownHighlights:
Come and join Graeme Brown and us on this tour, which has many great highlights concentrated in ten days, including watching three of the most important Spring Classics: Amstel Gold – Fleche Wallone – Liege Bastogne Liege. Plus you’ll ride the Granfondo Liege Bastogne Liege like a pro and test the famous ‘Cotes’. This tour is partly in Holland but mainly in Belgium and the route will cover the Ardennes region.  This region has always been a very strategic position and as a consequence for centuries has been the battleground for European powers.  None more so than during World War I and II where many ANZACS lost their lives. Are you ready for your own personal battle?

Activities:
Watch the races live - mechanic lessons, bike clinics, beer tasting!

Optional Granfondo: Liege-Bastogne- Liege on 22nd April
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What's included:

  • All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
  • Breakfasts
  • Introductory Lunch
  • Dinners (except 1)
  • 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
  • Van support throughout tour
  • All in-tour transfers
  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
  • Garmin 810 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
  • 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
  • 1 day pack per guest
  • Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
  • Detailed printed Tour information booklet.

Day One - Maastricht  Warm-Up Ride - 15th April
Main Route: 30km – 18mi
Total Ascent:  100m – 330ft
Welcome to Maastricht! The town with roman origins has become well-known, because of the Maastricht Treaty, the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the Euro. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation, and has a large growing international student population. After the bike fitting we’ll have a short warm up ride along the Maas river on one of the thousands of bicycle paths in Holland.

Day Two - Maastricht Loop (Watch Amstel Gold Race) - 16th April
Main Route: 70km – 43mi
Total Ascent: 500m – 1600ft
Today we ride part of the pro race and we’ll wait for the race to pass in Valkenburg, at the top of the Cauberg -  the last ‘cote’ (wall) of many along the race route.  This town hosted the 2012 World Road Cycling Championships, won by the Belgium champion Philippe Gilbert.

Day Three - Maastricht loop to Limburg - 17th April
Main Route: 75km – 46mi
Total Ascent: 500m – 1600ft
Starting in the great city of Maastricht we head north along the Maas Valley, riding at times in Belgium and other times in Holland, through the Limburg region. In the past this was all one unique country, but only as recently as 1831 Belgium received governing rights over this region.  The itinerary today will be quite easy with undulating and flat sections.

Day Four - Maastricht to Huy - 18th Apri
Main Route: 70km – 43mi
Total Ascent: 400m – 1300ft
Huy is a lovely and peaceful city with winding streets and alleys and an ancient tradition in metal work.  The golden treasure of the Cathedral Notre Dame is unique. During our ride we’ll also stop in Tongerem the oldest town in Belgium, which is rich in history.

Day Five - Huy Loop (Watch Fleche Wallonne Race) - 19th April
Main Route: 40km – 25mi
Total Ascent: 500m – 1600ft
Here we are! Today’s a must for any cycling fan, watching the Fleche Wallone race at the top of Mur de Huy, an extremely challenging climb repeated three times by the pros.  It has some sections between 17% and 26%. Of course we must at least try it – once!  As they say: “No pain no gain!”

Day Six - Huy Loop to Namur - 20th April
Main Route: 90km – 55mi
Total Ascent: 700m – 2300ft
The route along the Maas river, or the Meuse in French is ever-changing: wild, wooded glens and cultivated areas all compete for your attention alongside the winding river.  We’ll stop in Namur, a rich old city and also the capital of Wallonia, situated on the junction of the Sambre and the Meuse (Maas) rivers.
On the way back to Huy we’ll cross the village of Wepion also called the ‘Strawberry Town’.  Some climbing before we get back to the hotel.

Day Seven - Huy to Liege - 21st April
Main Route: 70km – 43mi
Total Ascent: 600m – 2000ft
On today’s ride we’ll get to taste some ‘cotes’ (walls) in the Ardennes countryside. This area was the theatre of many decisive and bloody battles during the two world war conflicts that ravaged Europe in the XX century.

Day Eight - Liege Loop & Granfondo Liege Bastogne Liege - 22nd April
Main Route: 75 – 155 - 270km; 46 – 96 – 167mi
Total Ascent: 1200 – 2600 - 4800m; 3900 – 8500 – 15750ft
The BIG DAY! Depending on your fitness and confidence, you can decide which distance to choice.  But there’s no way of skipping the climbs!  Great experience.  Really get to see what the pros do for a living!

Day Nine - Liege Loop (Watch Liege Bastogne Liege Race) - 23rd April
Main Route: 70km – 43mi
Total Ascent: 600m – 2000ft
Last day in Liege.  So, of course it will be dedicated to the pro-race.  It won’t be hard to find where the race is, just follow the thousands and thousands of cycling fans coming from all over the world.  This city has a very interesting historical centre and in the evening there will be plenty of time to visit the lovely city, have dinner and celebrate a great tour with all its highlights.

Day Ten - Goodbye

Recommended Arrival Airport: Maastricht, Liege, Bruxelles
Recommended Departure Airport: Maastricht, Liege, Bruxelles

(Airport transfer not included)