Following Geraint’s impressive win at the Bayern Rundfahrt over the Bank Holiday Weekend and less than a month after The Tour de France, where the 25-year-old hopes to make a big impression, Geraint will be hitting the cobbled lanes of Belgium giving cyclists the opportunity to learn from a professional or simply wheel alongside him as they tackle the routes made famous in the Tour of Flanders.
Generally considered one of the world’s hardest single day races, the Tour of Flanders (known locally as Ronde van Vlaanderen) is one of the five cycling ‘monuments’
Riders on the three-day tour will experience the atmosphere and history of the Flanders region and follow in the tyre tracks of many cycling icons whilst taking in famous places such as the Koppenberg, Oude Kwaremont and of course the legendary Muur-Kapelmuur. A professional photographer will be on hand to document the cyclists’ experience. Following the first day’s riding, cycling legend Freddy Maertens will give cyclists a personally guided tour through the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen (CRVV) - the home of Flandrian cycling. After the second day riding Geraint will offer an exclusive Q and A session.
Geraint Thomas, who won gold in Beijing in 2008 in the team pursuit, said: “Thomson Sport will play a vital role in operating this unique cycling experience and I’m delighted to be working with such a key player within the sports travel industry. I’m sure their unparalleled knowledge and experience across the sport and travel sector will deliver an authentic and memorable cycling experience for riders of all abilities.”
Based at a luxury 4* hotel in Kortrijk, Belgium, for the tour on 17th – 20th August 2011, the steam bath, sauna, Jacuzzi and solarium will help to ease any muscle tension at the end of the day’s cycling.
Clare Last, Operations Manager of Thomson Sport, said: “We are very proud to be working with Olympic Gold Medallist Geraint Thomas and are excited at the opportunity to help make cycling tours in Europe more accessible to UK riders. Thomson Sport will be working in Belgium alongside Allen Bridge of Polocini Cyclosportives who has a wealth of experience in managing UK based cycling events and is an expert on the Tour of Flanders. We will use our experience in many different sports to provide Geraint and his fans with an exceptional service and we look forward to working with him on future exciting cycling events”
“De Ronde with Geraint Thomas” will have rides of between 70-95km per day and starts from £869 per person. The price includes return luxury coach travel from Manchester, Birmingham or London, 3 nights’ accommodation on a half board basis, a full CNP Professional sports nutrition package during each ride, a professional cycling coach to offer advice and support throughout, a tour of the CRVV, post ride meals, secure bicycle storage, two 12x8 photo prints in a commemorative folder and a unique “De Ronde with Geraint Thomas” goody bag.
For more information call Thomson Sport on 0845 121 2018 or visit www.thomsonsport.com
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