An Unforgettable Experience
The story goes that just four months after World War 1 came to a conclusion, Henri Van Lerberghe arrived at the start of the 1919 De Ronde straight from his military post and lined up for the race after borrowing the bike of a friend. As the race progressed, in Ichtegem, Van Lerberghe took all the favourites by surprise, attacking on a hill and opening a sizeable gap which the other couldn’t close despite their concerted effort.
With the velodrome of Ghent in sight – where the Ronde van Vlaanderen was due to finish – after seven tough hours in the saddle, during which not even a train at a railroad crossing could halt his pursuit for glory – the Belgian stopped at a pub and ordered several blond beers, in celebration of his success, knowing that the chasers were too far away. It took his coach to drag Henri out of the bar and put him back on the bike, so he could enter the velodrome and do his lap of honor, almost fifteen minutes before the other riders finally arrived in Ghent.
How much of this story is true and how much is just legend? It really doesn’t matter; what’s important is that it’s this kind of feats that have shaped the myth and helped Ronde van Vlaanderen become one of the best sporting events in the world, a race which forged careers, a race watched every year on-site by hundreds of thousands passionate fans.
Are you one of those fans? Are you dreaming about testing your legs on the iconic course of De Ronde and experiencing from front row how the pros tackle the tough terrain of cobbled roads and punchy hills mixed with crosswinds, rain and mud in the battle for glory at this great spring Monument?
We are proud that we are able to invite a select group of people to join us for a monumental weekend, this spring, at Ronde van Vlaanderen, a race which dates back to 1913. A former high-profile pro rider as special guide, start number for the amazing amateur race We Ride Flanders and an exclusive VIP race experience of the pro race – you will have it all!
As a team deeply rooted in the region of Flanders, Ronde van Vlaanderen is our home field and the race has become part of our DNA, like we have become a symbol of Ronde van Vlaanderen, in the modern era. Since Quick-Step Floors’ inception in 2003, the team has won no less than seven times here - each time adding a memorable page to the event’s history book – an effort no other team has been able to outmatch since pre-WW2 days. The most recent win came in the 2018 season when Niki Terpstra perfectly timed an attack in the deep final, which saw him bridge away and solo in to take a beautiful Ronde van Vlaanderen victory.
We are looking forward to having you on board and enjoying a great time together!
Alvaro - Brazil
Travelling is a temporary visit to different worlds. The Quick Step Experience is a unique opportunity to get an inside peek at a top pro cycling team family for a few days. Cycling is known as a very open community; athletes and teams are very close to their fans. The Quick Step Team welcomed me as part of their family for dinners, training rides and a visit to their service course and training facilities. If only I were 40 years younger and had much more cycling talent, it would have been great to continue with the team onto other races.
Your QST Bike Experience Includes
- 4 nights stay in a 4-star hotel in Kortrijk
- Daily breakfast
- 4 dinners
- A special lunch at the Muur van Geraardsbergen
- Guided bike tour with former high profile pro rider
- Professional mechanic
- Bike set up
- Specialized bike available on demand
- Quick–Step Floors supporting vehicle during the rides
- Entry to Tour of Flanders Cyclo Sportive 2019 - We Ride Flanders
- Official Quick–Step Floors cycling kit (jersey, shorts, socks, etc)
- Energy bars and drinks
- Official meeting with Quick-Step Floors Team
- Press conference with Quick-Step Floors Team
- Meeting with the sport directors
- Dinner with Quick-Step Floors Team
- VIP Hospitality Pass for Oude Kwaremont during the pro race
- Quick-Step Floors Service Course visit
- Transfers between all destinations
- Basic medical insurance
Day 1 - Thursday - 04/04 - Arrival
- Arrival at airport, transfer to and check-in at hotel in Kortrijk
- Bikes set up by QST team mechanics
- Welcome goody bag before dinner
Day 2 - Friday - 05/04 - Training Ride
- Meet & greet with a special guest (former pro rider) – photos, autographs, etc.
- Guided bike tour with former pro rider from Kortrijk – Oudenaarde with visit at RVV Museum
- Lunch break at Muur van Geraardsbergen in a typical Belgian set up
- Transfer back to hotel
- Visit to Quick-Step Floors Team hotel for the official press conference and meet & greet with the team
- Dinner at team hotel
- Meeting with the Sports Directors Tom Steels and Wilfried Peeters
Day 3 - Saturday - 06/04 - We Ride Flanders
- Transfer to Oudenaarde
- Start of Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo
- Dinner in Ghent
Day 4 - Sunday - 07/04 - Tour of Flanders
- Breakfast and transfer to Antwerp for the start of the Ronde van Vlaanderen Pro Race
Access to the pre-start area of Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
- Access to VIP hospitality area at Oude Kwaremont, including special lunch
- Dinner at Italian Restaurant in Oudenaarde and transfer back to hotel after
Day 5 - Monday - 08/04 - Departure
Check out, transfer by bus to airport and end of service
We Ride Flanders - With QST Bike Experience
Saturday 6th April 2019 will be a day to remember! Are you ready? 24 hours before the pros, thousands of cyclists from around the world will race the amateur edition of Ronde van Vlaanderen - and you will be one of them! You will test the punchy climbs and iconic cobblestones when riding your bike through the beautiful but demanding roads of the Flemish countryside and experience the unique atmosphere of "We Ride Flanders". You will be transported in our team van to the start in Oudenaarde, where our driver will wait and meet you after the finish. We make sure everything is planned so you can concentrate on the most important things; pedalling and enjoying a fantastic experience.
You can choose between these distances:
270 km available on specific demand
Contact us in order to get more information.
Please feel free to contact the team with any questions or inquiries you may have about the QST Bike Experience. We will strive to reply within 3 working days.
|DATES||04/04 to 08/04|
|ENTRY TO||We Ride Flanders|
|VIP SHUTTLE||Ronde van Vlaanderen|
|SIGN UP||Before February 28|