Okay, so I’m excited. Are you? The top guys might be in the Middle East this week. But it’s just over a month until the first of the big spring one-day races in Europe, aka the Classics. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, road surfaces and – as 2013 graphically demonstrated – weather patterns. There’s the big four spring Monuments, of course. Milano-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. But there’s also a support cast of great races in the non-stop glut of two-wheeled awesomeness that is March and April in Europe. Will it snow? Probably. Will it rain? Probably. Will it be hot? Probably? Will it be windy? Probably. Will there be more crashes and Flemish flags that you can poke a paper cupful of pommes frites at? Probably. Will anyone be surprised? Not in your life.
Here are the dates. Lock ’em in.
Milano-San Remo, Italy (circa 1907)
23rd March 2014
E3 Harelbeke, Belgium (circa 1958)
28th March 2014
Gent-Wevelgem, Belgium (circa 1934)
30th March 2014
De Ronde van Vlaanderen (aka Tour of Flanders), Belgium (circa 1913)
6th April 2014
Paris-Roubaix, France (circa 1896)
13th April 2014
Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands (circa 1966) – Ardennes Classic
20th April 2014
La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium (circa 1936) – Ardennes Classic
23rd April 2014
Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium (circa 1892, the oldest still-running one day race on the planet) – Ardennes Classic
27th April 2014
2 thoughts on “Classic times ahead”
Urgh, the Arenberg….glad I’m not riding over that again this year!
Love the classics…grit your teeth and pedal…the photo says it all.