The Portland Spring Classic: Itinerary

This event is now complete – Well done Porn Pedallers!

Wednesday 29th March

For a free bike service courtesy of Dr Nip Nip drop your bike to our office in Docklands at 9.ooam  – Link to map here

Alternatively, drop your bike to the office by lunchtime on Thursday 30th March for it to be driven down to Dover.

If anyone is intending to leave their car at the office over the weekend, please let us know as we have limited parking available.

Thursday 30th March

For people riding London to Dover:

08.00 – Meet at the office and aim to be on the road for 09.00.

There will be an option for anyone based SE London to join us at the first stop in Meopham.

For those not riding to Dover:

You will be making your own way to Dover. Trains run from Charring Cross and London St Pancras. Cost is £25-30 ATOW. Price depends on whether you take the fast train. We are not booking these tickets for you.

19.00  – Arrive at hotel for dinner at 20.00.

Hotel – Premier Inn Dover Central

Restaurant – Il Rustico

Friday 31st March

07:00  Ferry Check-in

Bikes to be cycled onto ferry

08:00 Ferry leaves Dover

11:00 (local time)  Ferry arrives at Dunkirk

Ride from Dunkirk to Bruges

Check into hotel

Hotel: Hotel Koffieboontje 

Restaurant: Brouwerij De Halve Maan

Table booked for 20.00.

Saturday 1st April

Ride Bruges to Kortrijk via WW1 battle sites and memorials.

Lay a wreath at the Menin Gate and lunch together in Ypres.

From here there are two routes available, 120k and 90k.

There’s no need to decide which route you’ll take yet.

The climb of the Kemmelberg follows lunch and is part of the 120k route.

Arrive in Kortrijk

Check into Hotel

Hotel: Ibis Kortrijk Centrum

Restaurant: Y-not Thai 

Table booked for 20.00

Sunday 2nd April

Train from Kortrijk to Oudenaarde (20 mins) or environs to watch the Tour of Flanders .

Soak up the atmosphere, eat, drink and spend the day enjoying the country that you have cycled to!

Hotel: Ibis Kortrijk Centrum 

Monday 3rd April

Early train from Kortrijk to Lille Flandres (approx 40 mins) + 10 min walk to Lille Europe station.

11.35 Eurostar from Lille Europe to London St Pancras. Arrives 11.57.

Check-in: At least 30 minutes before departure.

Bikes are being transported back to London by van / ferry on Monday morning and will be available for pick-up from the office on Monday afternoon.