2021 Cobbled Classics with Stuart O’Grady

The Classics truly are one of a kind. Cobbles, narrow roads, pavé, punishingly steep, short Belgian bergs and more cobbles….Combined with insanely passionate crowds of fans lining the streets in glorious cheer as the world’s best professional cyclists daringly go head-to-head in battle mode!

2021 promises to be bigger, better and more spectacular than ever following the historic ‘never before’ year hiatus due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. Although missing some of the sports greatest one day Classics was a huge blow to the the cycling world, it can only mean that 2021 will deliver something truly special.

Mummu Cycling will well and truly be part of the ‘Classics’ return on our traditional 11 day Cobbled Classics experience led by 2007 Paris-Roubaix champion Stuart O’Grady! Join us, and we promise to have you living and breathing every inkling of action; from the cobbled, undulating streets of the Tour of Flanders, through to the Queen of the Classics – the Hell of the North, Paris-Roubaix, where we’ll have you right amidst the thick of the lively atmosphere, within reach of the race.

When we’re not absorbing the madness of two of the most prestigious one day races across the calendar, we’ll be hitting the Ardennes in between to tackle the epic roads of; La Flèche Wallonne, Liège–Bastogne–Liège and Amstel Gold.

To top, you’ll be joined on tour by special guests of the pro peloton, including 3 x Flanders champion, Johan Museeuw with a few added surprises along the way…

2021 Special Risk Free Fully Refundable Deposit

Following an unprecedented 2020 and the cancellation of our Cobbled Classics experience, our ‘sold out 2020 tour’ bookings will transition across to 2021. We have now included extra capacity to cater for this in 2021, but strongly encourage you to confirm your place quickly with limited places available and popular demand on this tour.

We understand and appreciate that thinking about travel at this time is difficult with the world still so uncertain. That is why we are offering all deposits before September for our Spring Classics trip risk free. Your initial deposit will be fully refundable if you choose to cancel your trip before September.

Highlights:

  • Hosted by 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner Stuart O’Grady
  • 10 nights  premium accommodation through Belgium
  • Return transfers from Brussels Airport
  • Entry into Paris Roubaix and Tour of Flanders Sportive rides
  • Exclusive Pro team Meet and Greet
  • A day on Tour with special guest, ‘The Lion of Flanders’, Johan Museeuw
  • The ultimate classics riding experience as you have the opportunity to ride the course of famous races including:
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Day 1

Welcome

April 2, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 30km

This morning, the Mummu Cycling team will welcome you at Brussels airport between 10am and 12pm to assist with your direct train transfer to our accommodation at the Marriott Hotel in Ghent.

Once checked in and settled at the hotel, our team will meet you in our allocated bike room, where we’ll ensure your bikes are set up and raring to go, before heading out on a short ride to stretch the legs ahead of tomorrow’s Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo.

We will head to dinner as a group this evening, hosted by Stuart O’Grady. A great opportunity for us all to get to know one another and brief you on the exciting adventures ahead!

Today’s Ride: 30-40km easy loop around Ghent to stretch the legs

 

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Day 1

Welcome

April 2, 2021

This morning, the Mummu Cycling team will welcome you at Brussels airport between 10am and 12pm to assist with your direct train transfer to our accommodation at the Marriott Hotel in Ghent.

Once you’ve checked in and freshened up, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the history and the hidden secrets of one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium, Ghent, on a see-it all free walking tour.

You’ll be mesmerised by the outstanding beauty of its quays and churches…Every house has its own history and every facade is hiding some legends behind. The city is well known for its incredible medieval architecture, striking city squares and marketplaces. A popular choice for university students, it’s consistently humming with atmosphere and charm. At the end of the tour, you’ll discover the historical ‘must see’s’ of Ghent, and by now you’ll surely have some great insight as to where the best local bars and restaurants are in town!

This evening, we will head to dinner as a group, hosted by Stuart O’Grady. A great opportunity for us all to get to know one another and brief you on the exciting week ahead!

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Day 2

Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo (Flanders Sportif)

April 3, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 141km/75km

Following an early breakfast, we will transfer you to Oudenaarde, the start and finish location for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen Cyclo sportive ride. More than 10,000 people congregate in Oudenaarde each year to take part in this event – creating a festival-like atmosphere in town and pro inspired support throughout the race. Today is a unique opportunity to ride a similar course to the pros, taking on many iconic cobbled climbs famous to the race and the region, including; the Koppenberg, Oude Kwaremont and the brutally steep, Paterberg.

Stuart will be on hand to give you a briefing and exclusive tips on how to tackle the cobbled bergs you’re about to face! Once you have completed your chosen ride for the day, we will spend the afternoon in Oudenaarde enjoying the atmosphere and stalls at the exclusive fan zone located at the finish.

After a well-deserved Belgian beer and a bite to eat, we will transfer back to our hotel where the evening will be at your leisure, free to explore the humming city centre of Ghent.

Today’s ride: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Cyclo – 141km/74km

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Day 2

Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo (Flanders Sportif)

April 3, 2021

Following breakfast this morning, we will transfer you to Oudenaarde, the start and finish location for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen Cyclo sportive ride.

More than 10,000 people congregate in Oudenaarde each year to take part in this event – creating a festival-like atmosphere in town and pro inspired support throughout the race.

While our riding guests are on course, you’ll spend the day in the vibrant small city of Oudenaarde, enjoying the lively atmosphere and stalls at the exclusive fan zone located at the finish line of the sportive ride.

Following a busy day out, this evening will be at your leisure to relax and unwind, or explore the humming city centre!

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Day 3

Tour of Flanders (Ronde Van Vlaanderen)

April 4, 2021 / Difficulty

A day the entire country of Belgium stops for has arrived! The 105th edition of the Tour of Flanders takes place today and following its absence in 2020, it is certain to be more EPIC than ever before. Brace yourself for a huge day out getting right amongst the madness.

Following breakfast this morning, we will transfer you to our prime race viewing location on the famous Oude Kwaremont cobbled climb! Here, you will have the opportunity to experience the incredibly lively atmosphere that Belgium never ceases to deliver, among like-minded, cycling-mad crowds of passionate fans – beer and frites in hand, of course!

Concluding the race, we will transfer you back to the hotel where dinner will be at your leisure. A great opportunity to stroll through historical old town Ghent and marvel in the beautiful architecture the city has to offer.

Today’s Ride: Spectating Day

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Day 3

Tour of Flanders (Ronde Van Vlaanderen)

April 4, 2021

A day the entire country of Belgium stops for has arrived! The 105th edition of the Tour of Flanders takes place today and following its absence in 2020, it is certain to be more EPIC than ever before. Brace yourself for a huge day out getting right amongst the madness.

Following breakfast this morning, we will transfer you to our prime race viewing location on the famous Oude Kwaremont cobbled climb! Here, you will have the opportunity to experience the incredibly lively atmosphere that Belgium never ceases to deliver, among like-minded, cycling-mad crowds of passionate fans – beer and frites in hand, of course!

Concluding the race, we will transfer you back to the hotel where dinner will be at your leisure. A great opportunity to stroll through historical old town Ghent and marvel in the beautiful architecture the city has to offer.

Today’s Ride: Spectating Day

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Day 4

A day with Johan Museeuw

April 5, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 60km

This morning, we have a special treat in store…

Following breakfast, we’ll meet up with 3 x Paris-Roubaix and 3 x Flanders winner, Johan Museeuw!

Johan, known as the ‘Lion of Flanders’ in Belgium will lead today’s ride as we explore the roads of Flanders past, finishing on the iconic Muur van Geraardsbergen.

Concluding our ride, you will have the option to transfer back to our hotel via van or continue on bike.

Once back at the hotel and freshened up, Johan will join us for drinks in the bar where he’ll share some stories from his extraordinary career.

This evenings dinner will then be at your leisure before we head across the country tomorrow towards the Ardennes region.

Today’s ride: 60km ride to Geerardsbergen – includes Kapelmur and Bosberg climbs

 

 

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Day 4

A day with Johan Museeuw

April 5, 2021

This morning, following breakfast, you will be off on your own adventure to the fascinating KOERS cycling museum.

Located in the heart of West Flanders in Roeselare, you’ll transfer 50 minutes to arrive.

Packed with incredible cycling memorabilia, history and many-a bike. The Belgian’s are as passionate as can be when it comes to cycling, and KOERS certainly showcases that. A must-see for all cycling fans!

Following your visit, you will transfer back to the hotel to meet with our riding contingent and the legendary Johan Museeuw – a 3 x Flanders and 3 x Paris-Roubaix champion, well regarded as ‘The Lion of Flanders’.

Here you’ll enjoy drinks and a chat with Johan, who will no doubt be sharing a tale or two from his extraordinary career.

This evenings dinner will then be at your leisure before we head across the country tomorrow towards the Ardennes region.

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Day 5

Mur de Huy

April 6, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 70km

Following breakfast this morning, we will check out of our hotel in Ghent and begin our transfer in pursuit of Liege – home to one of cycling’s prestigious monuments, Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Before arriving, we will have our first opportunity to ride the roads of the Ardennes Classics. First up, covering the final stages of the 2019 Flèche Wallone course, including the iconic Mur de Huy and its surrounding undulating terrain.

The Mur de Huy (in English translates to ‘the wall of Huy’) has become famous as the finishing stretch of the Fleche Wallone course. The pros tackle it a brutal 3 times, with the final ascent marking an excruciatingly tough battle for glory as the finish line awaits at its crest. It’s only 1.2km in length, yet climbs over 120m in elevation and reaches a MURderous maximum gradient of 26%…steep is an understatement!  If you can muster some energy to sightsee on your way up, be sure to check out the seven chapels along the way!

In the afternoon, we will check-in to our hotel and enjoy a group dinner to cheers to the Ardennes and share experiences from the day’s adventures.

Today’s Ride: 80km rolling hills on the 2019 Fleche Wallone course, including a few laps of the finishing circuit, including the Mur de Huy 

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Day 5

Mur de Huy

April 6, 2021

Following breakfast this morning, we will check out of our hotel in Ghent and begin our transfer in pursuit of Liege – home to one of cycling’s prestigious monuments, Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Before arriving, we will hit the town of Huy, to explore the centre and the surrounding roads of the famous Ardennes Classic – Flèche Wallone, including the iconic Mur de Huy ascent.

The Mur de Huy (in English translates to ‘the wall of Huy’) has become famous as the finishing stretch of the race. The pros tackle it a brutal 3 times, with the final ascent marking an excruciatingly tough battle for glory as the finish line awaits at its crest. It’s only 1.2km in length, yet climbs over 120m in elevation and reaches a MURderous maximum gradient of 26%…steep is an understatement!

In the afternoon, we will check-in to our hotel and enjoy a group dinner to cheers to the Ardennes and share experiences from the day’s adventures.

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Day 6

La Doyenne

April 7, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 80km

Today marks our second day exploring the famous roads of the Ardennes classics. This morning it is ‘La Doyenne’ or Liege Bastogne Liege, one of the first of the five cycling monuments, initiated all the way back in 1892. For classics fans, this race is almost as big as the Tour de France – a definite must-do on the bucket list of classics rides!

We will set off from our hotel following breakfast, making our way towards Spa – the original start and finish location of the race and yes, it is where the term for medicinal baths comes from. This Belgian town is one of the country’s major tourist cities, made famous for the mineral springs, home of the first casino and it also hosts the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix each year.

From Spa, we will intersect the 2017 Liege Bastogne Liege course, making our way across the final challenging climbs including the Cote de la Roche and the Cote de la Redoute. The latter, another of the short sharp 10% climbs these classics are famous for.

This evening is at your leisure to explore the history-rich city of Liege.

Today’s ride: 80-90km rolling hills on the 2018 Liege Bastogne Liege course – includes some tough short climbs.

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Day 6

La Doyenne

April 7, 2021

This morning, after our riding guests set off, we will jump in the vans to spend the day in Namur.

Namur is the capital city of the Wallonia region of Belgium. At the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers is the Citadel, a medieval fortress with 7km of underground passages, gardens, views and a golden statue of a giant turtle. In town, the Felicien Rops Museum focuses on the works of this 19th-century, Namur-born erotic artist. The baroque St. Loup Church has marble columns and a richly carved ceiling.

We will spend the day exploring underground and enjoy lunch as a group before transferring back to the hotel  where the evening is at your leisure to explore the history-rich city of Liege.

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Day 7

Amstel Gold Experience

April 8, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 70km

Today is our final day in the Ardennes region. After check out we will be making our way across the border into the Netherlands to tackle the Amstel Gold course.

Following breakfast this morning, we will transfer by van to Valkenberg, where we will begin our ride for the day. We will cover many parts of last year’s Amstel Gold course, tackling a few of the key climbs faced in the challenging final 45km, including the infamous Cauberg. The 700m climb may be short, but it’s certainly no easy feat with an average gradient of 8% and ramping up to 20% in it’s steepest section. The vicious climb, placed just before the finish line, has been a consistent battle and race-decider since 2003. Here, will mark the perfect opportunity to get some insight into just how much pain the pro’s have to endure to win the prestigious Classic!

We will spend the afternoon in Valkenberg at the foot of the Cauberg where there are many shops and local restaurants to keep us entertained for the afternoon, before making our way to our final hotel in Kortrijk where we’ll enjoy a group pasta dinner.

Today’s ride: 80km rolling hills on the 2018 Amstel Gold course

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Day 7

Amstel Gold Experience

April 8, 2021

Today is our final day in the Ardennes region.

After check out, we will be making our way across the border into the Netherlands where we will spend the day in Valkenberg, at the foot of the Amstel Gold, race-famous, Cauberg where there are many shops and local restaurants to keep us entertained.

You’ll also have the opportunity to check out the famous Amstel Gold Experience museum –  a favorite of many of our past guests, before making our way to our final hotel in Kortrijk.

Here, we will enjoy a group pasta dinner to toast to another day on tour!

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Day 8

Roubaix Velodrome VIP Visit + Pro Team Meet & Greet

April 9, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 20km

This morning, we will jump in the vans and drive direct to the velodrome in Roubaix where Stuart has made special arrangements to give us a tour of the famous Roubaix showers – a privilege usually reserved only for past winners!

Following a tour and some photo opportunities in the iconic shower block alongside former race winner, Stuey, we’ll change into our gear, before setting off as a group to tackle some 5 star sectors of the Paris-Roubaix course, where we will test our legs on the challenging terrain ahead of tomorrows Roubaix Challenge.

Be sure to pick Stuart’s brain on what to expect on the cobbled roads of the French countryside as they differ greatly from those in Flanders. You’ll be doing a recon of key pavé sectors for tomorrow’s ride, to truly get a taste of what lies ahead! Note: you’ll be in for a bumpy ride!

En route back to our hotel, we will stop off for an exclusive Pro Team meet and greet with one of Stuey’s old teams. Here, we’ll hear their thoughts ahead of Sunday’s race and get an insight into the team’s race plan and strategies.

This evening will be yours free, to relax and unwind ahead of tomorrow’s early start, or explore our surroundings in Kortrijk.

Today’s ride: 20-40km reconnaissance – Flat, including several cobbled sections

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Day 8

Roubaix Velodrome VIP Visit + Pro Team Meet & Greet

April 9, 2021

This morning we will jump in the vans and drive direct to the velodrome in Roubaix where Stuart has made special arrangements to give us a tour of the famous Roubaix showers – a privilege usually reserved only for past winners!

While our riding guests tackle some cobbled sectors, we’ll enjoy lunch before reconnecting with them for an exclusive Pro Team meet and greet with one of Stuey’s old teams.

Here, we’ll hear their thoughts ahead of Sunday’s race and get an insight into the team’s race plan and strategies.

This evening will be at your leisure to relax and unwind or explore our surroundings in Kortrijk.

 

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Day 9

Roubaix Challenge

April 10, 2021 / Difficulty
/ Distance 145km/70km

Today marks a very special occasion, riding the Paris-Roubaix challenge alongside a former champion of the race.

It is your opportunity to ride the very course the pros will tackle in only 24 hours’ time. You’ll conquer the famous cobbled sectors of Northern France, including the iconic; Mons-en-Pevele, Carrefour de l’Aarbe and of course, the daunting d’Arenberg Forest, all under the guidance of 2007 champion, Stuart O’Grady!

Following breakfast, we will transfer you by van to the start of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge ride in Roubaix.

Ride hard, but remember to enjoy every bit of it!

Concluding a tough 145km or 70km ride,  you will finish your Challenge in the famous Roubaix velodrome, where the Mummu Cycling ‘recovery tent’ will be waiting your arrival with gels, bars and of course, beers!

Following the sportive, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Paris-Roubaix museum.

We will then return to Kortrijk for dinner at your leisure. As you will have noticed, there will be several Pro Teams staying with us at the Parkhotel, so you may wish to reserve dinner there!

Today’s ride: 145km / 70km – Paris-Roubaix Sportive ride. Includes finishing the ride into the famous Roubaix velodrome

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Day 9

Roubaix Challenge

April 10, 2021

This morning, enjoy a later start and a deserved sleep-in.

Following breakfast, we’ll make our way to a local establishment to enjoy a relaxed lunch before continuing on to Roubaix where we’re booked in for a beer tasting and tour at a Belgian micro brewery while we wait for the riding guests to complete the sportive. When in Belgium, right?!

Concluding the sportive, we’ll meet up with our riding contingent where you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Paris-Roubaix museum.

We will then return to Kortrijk for dinner at your leisure. As you will have noticed, there will be several Pro Teams staying with us at the Parkhotel, so you may wish to reserve dinner there!

 

 

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Day 10

The Hell of the North!

April 11, 2021 / Difficulty

The day has arrived. The Queen of the Classics is back!

Like Flanders, following its absence in 2020, we can only assume 2021 will be truly surreal, and we’ll be there to witness every moment of pain and beauty the Hell of the North brings!

The legendary 2019 champion, Philippe Gilbert will undoubtedly be returning to defend his honors. The question is, does he have what it takes to do it again? Or will be see one of his former Deceuninck-QuickStep team mates, Belgian cycling sensation Greg Van Avermaet or former champion, Peter Sagan claim the much desired 2021 Paris-Roubaix Rock?

We will start the day’s excitement by making our way to the mythical Trouée d’Arenberg, securing our place roadside to watch the peloton battle it out over the train lines and onto the narrow, gnarly cobble-lined roads.

Following the final rider, our VIP accredited vans will drive through roadblocks and onto the course towards the velodrome where we will take our place inside the Official VIP Hospitality on the first corner and await in nervous, excited anticipation for the leaders to come storming through.  Our VIP hospitality includes an open bar and lunch, live broadcast of the race on multiple screens and access to the velodrome lawn concluding the finish. Our 2019 guests were close enough to shake Gilbert’s hand!

After seeing the 2021 Paris Roubaix champion crowned, we will make our way back to our accommodation for our last night. To celebrate and toast to 10 days of Classics adventures, we will enjoy a final group dinner!

Today’s ride: No ride – viewing of Paris Roubaix

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Day 10

The Hell of the North!

April 11, 2021

The day has arrived. The Queen of the Classics is back!

Like Flanders, following its absence in 2020, we can only assume 2021 will be truly surreal, and we’ll be there to witness every moment of pain and beauty the Hell of the North brings!

The legendary 2019 champion, Philippe Gilbert will undoubtedly be returning to defend his honors. The question is, does he have what it takes to do it again? Or will be see one of his former Deceuninck-QuickStep team mates, Belgian cycling sensation Greg Van Avermaet or former champion, Peter Sagan claim the much desired 2021 Paris-Roubaix Rock?

We will start the day’s excitement by making our way to the mythical Trouée d’Arenberg, securing our place roadside to watch the peloton battle it out over the train lines and onto the narrow, gnarly cobble-lined roads.

Following the final rider, our VIP accredited vans will drive through roadblocks and onto the course towards the velodrome where we will take our place inside the Official VIP Hospitality on the first corner and await in nervous, excited anticipation for the leaders to come storming through.  Our VIP hospitality includes an open bar and lunch, live broadcast of the race on multiple screens and access to the velodrome lawn concluding the finish. Our 2019 guests were close enough to shake Gilbert’s hand!

After seeing the 2021 Paris Roubaix champion crowned, we will make our way back to our accommodation for our last night. To celebrate and toast to 10 days of Classics adventures, we will enjoy a final group dinner!

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Day 11

Bon Voyage

April 12, 2021 / Difficulty

Today marks the end of our 2021 Cobbled Classics Tour with Stuart O’Grady.

Following breakfast, it is time to check out of our hotel. Mummu staff will have a transfer vehicle waiting for you to transport you back to Brussels airport.

We hope you have enjoyed your Mummu Cycling tour and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Day 11

Bon Voyage

April 12, 2021

Today marks the end of our 2021 Cobbled Classics Tour with Stuart O’Grady.

Following breakfast, it is time to check out of our hotel. Mummu staff will have a transfer vehicle waiting for you to transport you back to Brussels airport.

We hope you have enjoyed your Mummu Cycling tour and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Inclusions
  • Hosted by 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner, Stuart O’Grady
  • 10 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 group dinners
  • Exclusive drinks with Johan Museeuw
  • Transfers to and from Brussels airport
  • Entry into Flanders & Paris-Roubaix Sportive rides
  • Premium viewing of Tour of Flanders
  • Roadside viewing and private “on-course” transfer to VIP Hospitality inside the velodrome at Paris Roubaix
  • Visit the famous Roubaix velodrome showers alongside Stuart O’Grady
  • Ride the same course as the pros at both Spring and Ardennes classics including:-
    • Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg and Paterberg from the Tour of Flanders
    • Paris-Roubaix cobbled sectors, such as Carrefour de l’Arbre, mons-en-pevele and the iconic Arenberg Forest
    • Famous climbs from the Ardennes classics, including the Cote de la Redoute, Cauberg and Muur de Huy
  • Professional staff and mechanical support
  • Private support vehicles on all rides (excluding sportive rides)
  • Daily ride nutrition
  • Mummu Cycling spring merchandise pack
Exclusions
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike Hire – available on request.

RRP Prices available in four currencies:

 

EURO

€4,995 per person, twin share

€795 single supplement

 

UNITED STATES DOLLARS

$5,895 per person, twin share

$880 single supplement

 

AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS

$8,995 per person, twin share

$1,350 single supplement

 

BRITISH POUND

£4,350 per person, twin share

£720 single supplement

 

Add Ons
Bike Hire – classics appropriate bikes available on request

Additional Information

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2021 Cobbled Classics with Stuart O’Grady

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