Destination Summary: Flanders

FLANDERS – 4 Days – SUGGESTED 6 Riders

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • 3 night full board stay in single occupancy luxury accommodation
  • Airport or train station transfer
  • Accommodation host
  • In-house chef
  • Selection of local wines and world-renowned Belgian beers
  • Wine & beer cellar
  • Daily massage
  • Ride support vehicle
  • Ride nutrition & drinks
  • Morning ride analysis with professional cyclist
  • Fully guided & supported rides
  • Professional cyclist as ride guide & villa guest
  • Velusso kit & apparel
  • Private invitation to local restaurant, for celebratory meal on final evening
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights or Eurostar
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike hire
  • Bike box hire

Itinerary

ARRIVAL DAY

Luxury transfer from airport or train station

Exclusive reception with Villa Host

Suggested Stage 1 ride itinerary

Dinner with pro cyclist, cooked by in-house chef

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DAYS 1 & 2

Energy boosting breakfast

Unique ride analysis provided by pro cyclist

Grande Depart I

Café stop

Grande Depart II

Return to accommodation

Protein Bar opens followed by nourishing post ride meal

Massage with in-house sports masseuse

Dinner with pro cyclist cooked by in-house chef or private invitation to premium local restaurant

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DEPARTURE DAY

Continental breakfast

Luxury transfer to airport or train station

Flanders, often referred to as the home of cycling, shows a passion for the sport like no other. Guests on a Velusso experience in Belgium will take in some of the most infamous roads in cycling, including cobbled sections and the punishing hellingen that have seen many a battle between cycling legends over the years gone by. The Muur, Bosberg, Paterberg, Koppenberg and the Kwaremont – we’ll cover some of the most revered climbs in Belgium.

With local knowledge from the Velusso pros, guests will experience the comprehensive premium level of support both on and off the bike that signifies any Velusso trip, including some of the finest cuisine and accommodation in the region, not forgetting the incredible Belgian beer selection.

Ride Experience

Stage 1

PLACE NAMES

Ronse – Oudenaarde – Kluisbergen – Ronse

DISTANCE

48 miles

ELEVATION

1,661m

KEY CLIMBS

Kwaremont, Paterberg, Kruisberg, Koppenberg,

Stage 2

PLACE NAMES

Ronse – Kerkem – Rekelberg – Oudenaarde

DISTANCE

65 miles

ELEVATION

1,907 m

KEY CLIMBS

Helling Steenberg, Bossenaarberg

Stage 3

PLACE NAMES

Ronse – Oudenaarde – Zingem – Wortegem Petegem – Ronse

DISTANCE

45 miles

ELEVATION

905m

KEY CLIMBS

Bergstraat, Kleistraat, Kruisberg

Accommodation

The Velusso Townhouse in central Ronse has been handpicked for its luxury and practicality. Perfectly preserved and built in the Flemish neo-Renaissance style, it was originally erected in 1885 by an industrialist and also served as a doctor’s practice.

Today, this superb building has been fully renovated. From the vaulted wine cellar to the rooftop, four floors up, the Townhouse has regained much of its original charm, whilst offering all modern amenities. This wealth of unspoilt wonders perfectly matches the new and luxurious facilities; modern bathrooms, an impressive kitchen, cold room, sauna, jacuzzi, small home-cinema room, and a small bar that comes fully-equipped with draught beer pumps. There a seven beautifully decorated bedrooms in total; five double rooms, as well as two rooms with two double beds. There are six luxurious bathrooms with rainfall showers and twin washbasins in each.

The outside area boasts a large outside heated kitchen area, barbecue, and bicycle parking with secure locking.

Both single and double occupancy bedrooms are available and more specific property details can be provided upon request.

OUTDOOR FEATURES
  • Luxurious Outdoor Spa
  • Covered Terrace
  • Barbeque Facilities
INDOOR FEATURES
  • WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • Mountain Views
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wine Cellar with seating
  • Private Cinema & Bar
  • Open-plan Lounge and Dining Area
STAFF AND SERVICES
  • Chef
  • Villa Host
  • Villa Pre-Stock
  • Bath & Pool Towels
  • Kit Laundry Service

Cuisine

All meals during your stay are created with the professional cyclist in mind and we take pride in providing the right nutrition at the right time. In tandem with this, we also like to offer an authentic experience and show off what our chosen destinations have to offer, by providing you with a real taste of the local area.

Your Town House Host will freshly prepare energy-boosting breakfasts, homemade ride snacks and drinks to make sure you’re feeling strong whilst out riding. On your return, you’ll be treated to the Velusso Protein Bar, which will contain a variety of freshly made options and whey products, all containing scientifically proven nutrients to aid your recovery. Post ride lunches are then prepped and served by your Villa Host on request.

Evening meals are then prepared by your in-house chef, who will cook delicately created local dishes made to order. Beverages will be served to accompany dinner, most of which are sourced from resident vineyards and breweries. On your final evening, everyone is invited to dine in a nearby restaurant and experience the local culture and evening atmosphere.

Equipment

Velusso Kit

Looking and feeling good on the bike is important, so we provide each guest with a selection of Velusso kit, designed by us and manufactured by our new 2016/17 kit partner, Le Col.

Our short sleeve jersey is created using a Meryl Microfibre, which is slow to absorb and swift to transfer moisture, keeping riders dry and comfortable in a variety of climates. A gummy lycra shield holds the sleeve in place for extra comfort, as well as an ergonomic and stylish collar shape. We’ve selected a navy blue for our signature jersey, which stylishly compliments the black shorts.

Our bib shorts are specially designed for both comfort and performance. The oversized Velusso gripper has intermittent tabs while still holding firmly in place. The minimalistic design boasts style and compliments the various destination jerseys.

Rental Bike

We offer premium quality alternatives to your own bike on a hire basis, including the BMC Team Machine Greg Van Avermaet rode to Olympic Road Race glory.

Added Extras

TRAVEL OPTIONS

Nearest Train Station: Lille Train Station

STATION TRANSFERS

A Velusso Team Bus is organised to transport all guests from Lille Train Station to the Velusso Town House. This can be arranged by the reservation manager, if all travellers take the Eurostar.

TRAINING

Set goals and follow a training plan designed by a professional cyclist. Delivered through a user friendly app, with an integrated messaging system, it becomes easy to interact with your coach. You’ll have access to an experienced pro, who will provide you with a unique insight into the world of professional cycling, as well as ensuring you hit your targets in an enjoyable way. You’ll also be able to communicate with other Velusso members, via the app and within the Velusso club on Strava.

Purchase your Cycling Training Plan on our online Shop.

ANALYSIS

Your professional cyclist will deliver a short ride analysis each morning, outlining the route and highlights of the day, including wind direction, weather and any key climbs. By also providing you with ride advice, your pro will make sure you take as much out of your ride experience as possible.

SUPPORT

Each ride is professionally supported with a Velusso team car. We provide everything you need, whether that be drinks, ride nutrition or mechanical support, our team ensures that you can forget about everything other than simply enjoying riding your bike.

MASSAGE

After every ride, each guest is invited to wind down with a recovery massage from our resident masseuse.

RIDE SNACKS

Deliciously homemade energy treats, Isotonic drinks, Mineral Water, Energy bars, Energy Gels.

BIKE TRANSPORTATION

Alternatively, you can avoid the hassle of travelling with your bike. We partner with Luggage Mule, who offer an excellent courier service and will safely collect and drop off your bike and bike box from your preferred address. Discount Code provided on request.