Join the Escape Collective crew for an unforgettable Spring Classics trip!
APRIL 1 – APRIL 8, 2024
Back in 2012, we ran a cycling tour to the Spring Classics. It was one of the highlights of my cycling life. By riding the same iconic roads, we gained a whole new appreciation for what these athletes are capable of. We immersed ourselves in the culture of cycling’s heartland, and rode through the sombre battlefields of World War I.
Those shared experiences were something I’ll never forget. Building and expanding on on that foundation we’re thrilled to announce that our inaugural Member Summit will be held at the 2024 Spring Classics in Belgium.
Come because you love to ride. Because you want to strengthen your connection to the culture and history of cycling. Because you have a thirst for exploring while working up a thirst.
I look forward to seeing many of you there, and many more of you in future member summits.
— Wade Wallace, Co-Founder & CEO
Riding, sight-seeing, dining, race spectating and osmosing the unique spirit of the Spring Classics, while in the company of Escape Collective journos and fellow Escapees
Tackle iconic muurs, bergs and secteurs pavés of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, and ride the Paris Roubaix Challenge
Visit historic Bruges, Ypres, Flanders Fields, the Tour of Flanders Museum, Roubaix Velodrome showers and countless other points-of-interest
Rides led by former pros and supported by a follow vehicle
Spectate the women’s and men’s races from several vantage-points, including the Roubaix velodrome
Behind-the-scenes access to and insight from the Escape Collective team
Relax in 4✯ accomodation, with free WiFi (to upload to Strava) and a wellness centre (to help you recover)
Enjoy fine dining, locally brewed beverages and above average company
AUD $6,500, single supplement $7,700
USD $4,200, single supplement $5,000
EUR €3,900, single supplement €4,600
GBP £3,400, single supplement £4,000
CAD $5,800, single supplement $6,800
Note: Currency conversions are benchmarked to the Australian Dollar and subject to market fluctuations. See FAQs for more info.
Who better to guide us through Roubaix’s perilous secteurs than the incomparable Johan Museeuw?
The Lion of Flanders spearheads our recon of the Paris Roubaix Challenge, and lead us into the Roubaix Velodrome.
RIDE THE ROUBAIX SPORTIF
Whether you’re riding the 70km or 145km route, you’re in for an honest day’s work.
Each year, this bucket list sportif attracts 4,500 cyclists from around the and, in 2024, we want that for you!
SOAK IT ALL UP
While the Member Summit will have no shortage of epic rides, our goal is to strengthen your connection to the region’s rich history, culture and geography.
We’ll visit Ypres and Flanders Fields, scenic Bruges and iconic muurs, bergs, cobbles and countless other significant cycling and historical landmarks.
If you want to see a sporting event, go to the Tour de France. If you want to see a bike race, go to the Hell of the North.
7 nights accommodation – 4✯ hotel in Kortrijk
All breakfasts, 3 dinners, and 3 lunches
Ride nutrition (including drinking water, sports powders bars/muffins, and fruit)
Roubaix Experience/Cobbles Masterclass with Johan Museeuw – The Lion of Flanders
Flanders Battle Field Tour
Entry to Paris Roubaix Sportif (70km and 145km route options)
Professional and experienced cycling guides
Bespoke Escape Collective casual wear
Travel in air-conditioned vehicles
Transfers from designated collection and drop-off locations
Route files and detailed tour itinerary
Mechanical assistance with your bike
SPRING CLASSICS TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1 – Monday, April 1st
Settling in for a big week
If you’re arriving in Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU) prior to 11:30am, Bikestyle staff will collect you (and your bike) and transfer you to the hotel in beautiful Kortrijk, our home base for the next 7 nights.
If you miss the collection time or wish to make your own arrangements, the hotel is located in the city centre across the railway station, and accessible from major hubs such as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (~3h20m), Charles De Gaulle Aiport (~3h) or Zaventem (~1h30m).
Once you arrive, go ahead and unpack and begin assembling your bike. Bikestyle staff will be on hand if you have mechanical problems or need any other assistance.
The rest of the afternoon is yours. Depending on your arrival time, you should have time for a shakedown ride.
Before the sun begins to set, we’ll regroup for the Welcome Dinner. Over a Belgian beer (or two), you’ll have plenty of time to mingle with fellow guests, Escape crew and the Bikestyle staff before tucking in for the night and dreaming of the week full of pavé ahead.
DAY 2 – Tuesday, April 2nd
His name is Johan Museeuw, and he’s known as the Lion of Flanders. He’s a World Champion, a winner at Amstel Gold Race, three-time winner at Tour of Flanders and three-time winner at Paris-Roubaix.
And he’ll be teaching us how to ride the cobbles.
(Let that sink in for a second.)
We’ll ride the three final cobbled secteurs featured in the Paris-Roubaix route — an appetiser for the Paris Roubaix Challenge later in the week — and visit the mythical showers, the scene of many famous photos and, more recently, shameless product placements.
DAY 3 – Wednesday, April 3rd
Grote Scheldeprijs and Sightseeing in Brugge
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll take in the start of the semi-classic Scheldeprijs before kitting up and striking northwest for the coast and Brugge (AKA Bruges).
The roads may be flat, but we’re almost guaranteed a punishing headwind somewhere along the way.
You can’t visit Belgium without visiting Brugge. Walking around Brugge is like taking a step back in time. From its 13th-century origins as a cloth-manufacturing town to today, Brugge has changed little. As in a fairy tale, swans glide down the winding canals and the stone houses look like they’re made of gingerbread.
DAY 4 – Thursday, April 4th
Iconic loops of the Ronde van Vlaanderen
After a feverish night’s sleep and another hearty, caffeine-rich breakfast, we’ll strike out south and east for the iconic roads and muur of the Ronde van Vlaaderen (and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, too). On the docket for the day are the Muur van Garaardsbergen (Omloop) and the Oude Kwaremont, Patersberg and Koppenberg (Flanders).
After lunch spent comparing PBs up these impossibly steep muurs, we’ll visit the Tour of Flanders Museum (Centrum Ronde Van Vlanderen) in Oudenaarde. The CRVV is an interactive museum with magnificent audiovisuals, projections and computer simulations and where every visitor gets the chance to experience the Tour for themselves. Race next to Schotte, Merckx or Museeuw and feel the cobbles rumble through your weary bones.
DAY 5 – Friday, April 5th
The calm before the cobbles
After breakfast we travel to Ypres by van where we start our ride, where we’ll ride across some of the best parts of Gent-Wevelgem race, including the famous Kemmelberg.
After our ride we will return to Ypres for lunch and a shower. After lunch we will visit the Flanders Fields, which were the scene of some of the fiercest battles of World War 1. The group will visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the resting place of many Australians and British soldiers.
After dining in Ypres, we will visit the Last Post, where every evening since 1928, the Last Post has been sounded under the imposing memorial arches of the Menin Gate.
DAY 6 – Saturday, April 6th
It’s Cobblin’ Time!
Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif gives every cyclist the opportunity to experience the magic of Paris-Roubaix! Just a day before the real Paris-Roubaix, the Paris-Roubaix Challenge is conducted under the same conditions with the same cobblestones and the finish on the Vélodrome… Does it get any better? Trouée d’Arenberg, Carrefour de l’Arbre, Roubaix velodrome.
The Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif offers a ride to the heart of the legendary history of cycling. We will offer 2 distances 145km and 70km, regardless of what route you choose, you will finish on the track of the fabled Roubaix Velodrome. There will be refreshments and you can take a shower in the very same place where the winners of the pro race (from Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault to Peter Sagan) wrote some of the most beautiful chapters in their careers.
We will have an early breakfast and head down to Roubaix . You can start any time you like before 10.00am and sometimes it’s good to start a bit later to avoid the rush at the start.
After crossing the line, we will meet up to watch the end of the women’s race from the velodrome.
DAY 7 – Sunday, April 7th
Hell of the North
We’re leaving Compiegne at 10.40am sharp so we have time to see the riders passing on the first cobblestone section. We will visit different areas on the race route throughout the day.
After spectating our last cobblestone section, we will head to the Roubaix Velodrome to wait the arrival of the 2024 men’s winner. The winning rider will enter Roubaix Velodrome between 4.40pm and 5.25pm (depending on the average speed for the day, which will be fast AF).
After the race finish we will visit the finish area and your day at Paris-Roubaix comes to an end.
During the day we will provide you with drinks, snacks and a picnic lunch.
In the evening, there will be a farewell diner in Kortrijk to put a bow on the Member’s Summit.
DAY 8 – Monday, April 8th
So long and farewell! 👋
Trip ends and we head our separate ways.
There will be a shuttle to bring you to Brussels Airport or you can take the train from Kortrijk to Charles de Gaulle Airport (~3h).
The experience we’ve laid out for you runs from Monday the 1st of April 2024 through to the farewell breakfast the following Monday, April 8th 2024.
From experience, many guests will arrive early and/or extend their stay in order to suit their travel plans. If you plan to arrive early or extend your stay afterwards, the good folks at Bikestyle Tours can help with that. We encourage you to coordinate those details with Bikestyle as your plans shape up.
What other key details should I know about?
Group Size: ~25-30 guests + Bikestyle support staff & Escape crew
Rides: Sealed roads, some bikeways, famous muurs, bergs and cobbles — of course!
Challenge Rating: Short and sharp hills, many of which over cobbles the region is (in)famous for. Suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.
Accommodation: For the duration of your stay, home base is a 4✯ hotel in Kortrijk. Each room has a separate bathroom with a bath and/or shower, satellite tv, minibar and complimentary wireless internet access. You also have access to the wellness area, with a sauna, steam bath and other amenities.
Mandatory equipment (Paris Roubaix Challenge):
A helmet, a bottle (or hydration pack), a repair kit with 2 inner tubes, and a pump to deal with punctures. Keep a charged mobile phone on you at all times during the event as you may need it to contact the medical or technical support services.
While technical support will be available, you may have to ride for several kilometres before reaching the closest support point. Fixed Shimano support points will be set up at the refreshment stations.
How can I make a payment (and other sensible pricing questions)?
The tour operator (Bikestyle Tours) will handle all transactions (deposits, balance, bike hire).
Bikestyle Tours are an Australian-based company and charge for in Australian Dollars (AUD).
Prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.
All trip costs are per person, not including airfare, and are based on two persons per room. If traveling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying a single supplement.
Prices are benchmarked to the Australian Dollar. Prices in other currencies are for reference only and subject to market fluctuation. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.
Note: Renters of hire bikes are liable for damages to their hire bike during the period of hire, so please treat it like you own it. Bikes are set up to your measurements before your arrival and are fully serviced by our professional mechanic.
I can’t make the whole trip, how else can I join in?
Join us at the Paris Roubaix Challenge and/or for a refreshing post-Challenge beverage.