On this fantastic Flemish weekend on Friday you will see the E3 Harelbeke which has developed into a
highly prestigious and desirable event. It is now on the UCI World Tour calendar, and the first cobbled
classic of the season.

On this weekend you will have the opertunity to watch a UCI World Tour event and ride two Sportives, or
watch two UCI World Tour events and ride a Sportive.

In 2010, UCI made some calendar changes, positioning the Gent Wevelgem on the day after E3
Harelbeke, which caused a dispute between the two races.
In 2012, when the E3 Harelbeke was upgraded to World Tour status. One of the demands of the UCI was
that a rest day between two arduous World Tour events.
Therefore the organizers of E3 Harelbeke changed the date of their event to Friday to meet the demands
of UCI.

Thursday 25th March 2021:


·  Leeds Train Station (Short Stay Car Park)
·  Manchester Victoria Train Station
·  Birmingham (N.E.C. International Train Station)
·  Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)
·  London, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 2 Bridge Place (Near Victoria Train Station)
·  Dover Eastern Docks (Ferry Terminal)

We can collect at other service stations along the motorway network.
(Please contact us for details)

Please note we have a special bike trailer where you bike is carried fully assembled with the front wheel
out, therefore there is no need to have your bike disassembled and in a bike bag / bike case.

We take a mid-afternoon sailing from Dover to Calais and arrive in Kortrijk at approximately 20.00hrs
where we spend 4 nights on bed and breakfast at the excellent IBIS Kortrijk Centrum.

Kortrijk is an excellent location for both E3 Harelbeke & Gent Wevelgem, which gives easy access to and
from Harelbeke, and Wevelgem.

Friday 26th March 2021: E3 Harelbeke

62nd edition of the E3 Harelbeke.      
After breakfast we shall take you to Harelbeke for the signing on &
start of the E3 Harelbeke. Using our expert knowledge of the region
we shall see the race in various points. The Oude Kwaremont is
where you will be able to see all the big names testing their legs
ready for the Tour of Flanders the following week,

In previous years it has been won by:
Fabian Cancellara
Tom Boonen
Peter Sagan
Geraint Thomas
Greg Van Avermaet

Exclusiveley to Baxter's cycling trips you have an opertunity to win a ride in an offical car of the E3
Harelbeke. In 2017 it was won by Keith Gilks from Cadencemag, you can read his article by clicking
on the following link Flemish weekend article

Saturday 27th March 2021: Gent Wevelgem Sportive

Today you will have the opportunity to ride one of the 4 distances
of the Gent Wevelgem Sportive (60km, 91km, 136km or 215km)
The event organisers  have numerous feeding stations and
mechanical service at the control points.
For those who are not bringing bikes, you can either spend the day
at your leisure in Kortrijk or travel with the support crew to see the
cyclo sportive.

After an early breakfast, you can ride the short distance from the
hotel to the start of the Gent Wevelgem Sportive.

Start Times
215 km: 7:00 - 8:00
136 km: 7:00 - 8:00
91 km:   7:00 - 9:00
60 km:  7:00 - 10:00

Sunday 28th March 2021: Gent Wevelgem Professional race
                                                or the Johan Museeuw Classic

For those riding the Johan Muessuw Classic (E3 Harelbeke Sportive)
after an early breakfast, you can ride the short distance from the
hotel to the start of the Muessuw Classic (E3 Harelbeke Sportive).

Start Times
148 km: 7:00 - 8:00
119 km: 7:00 - 8:00
78 km:   7:00 - 9:00

For those going to watch the Gent Wevelgem Professional.
After a leisurely breakfast, u Using our expert knowledge of the
region we shall travel to the Kemmelberg where we will see 4 races:
·   Juniors pass over twice,
·   Elite Ladies pass over twice,
·   U23 pass over twice
·   Elite Men pass over twice.

The Kemmelberg is the last and most difficult climb of the race.
In 2016 the race was won by Sagan, who escaped with Cancellara
and Sep Vanmarcke on the Kemmelberg.

Monday 29th March 2021

Taking an afternoon sailing with P&O ferries Calais to Dover,
with approximate drop off times:

·  London 17:00hrs
·  Watford Gap 19:00hrs
·  Birmingham 20.00hrs
·  Manchester 22.00hrs
·  Leeds 23.00hrs

I am a regular on the cycling trips and year on year they improve. The group is a good size and the planning is as good as it gets for events that you have to try follow around the countryside.

Mike from Manchester
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Steve from Bridgewater
Another stunningly good weekend. Can not wait for next year.

Steve from Leeds
4th trip with the company & enjoyed each time as have my friends and family. Nothing else need be said!

Emyr from Johnstown (Carmarthen)
The best cycling trip company in the UK!

Sean from Lincoln
I have been going on the trips organised by Baxter's Cycling Trips since it set up. It is so well organised and you get to see great pro cycling in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If there is a problem the guides are always helpful in rectifying it.

How many cycling trips do you get the chance to win VIP trips in official race cars?
Or see a race 8 or 9 times by the roadside?
I can't recommend Baxter's Cycling Trips enough.

Michael from Manchester
One of the best trips I've been on to see Belgium bike racing close up and at so many different points.  Jonathan knows the roads like the back of his hand and only has your interests in mind.  Highly recommended!!

Matthew from Bury

The years of experience and local knowledge makes for a very well organised weekend. Coupled with a very friendly staff adds a relaxed and stress-free atmosphere.

Roy from Cheltenham
Second time away with Jonathan and the team and another brilliant trip. Great itinerary, and as a solo traveller, great bunch of people to enjoy both Belgium and the racing with.

Ian from Bolton
Brilliant weekend which was well organised thanks to Johnathan’s excellent knowledge

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