- Cyclists (English)
- Wielertoeristen (Dutch)
- les cyclotouristes (French)
- die Radwanderer (German)
One quarter of the participants in 2011 were from abroad, representing 30 nationalities. The majority of participants selected the 75 or 140 km routes, only four thousand real Flandriens tackled the entire 260 km. The 140km is thought to be the choice event offering the traditional climbs including the Molenberg, Valkenberg, Koppenberg, Steenbeekdries, Taaienberg, Eikenberg, Kapelleberg, Foreest, Berg Ten Houte, Kruisberg, Knokteberg Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg.
|Regular Joes acting like the pros. Photo from http://www.boxxcyclingteam.be|
|Wielertoeristen, Photo from http://www.boxxcyclingteam.be|
Although it appears things haven't changed that much ...
Spring Classics Bike Tour Companies
Are you interested in one of those Tour Companies I mentioned that will save you hours of time and show you the best of the best? Some of these tours may already be sold out, so don't wait.
- Thomson Bike Tours 3-day trip to the Paris Roubaix with riding some key climbs (my #1 pick, and an official A.S.O. tour operator)
- The ChainStay offers 1-day tours to both the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix
- VeloClassic offers a Spring Classics I - do it all 12 day tour including the Tour of Flanders Cyclosportif, Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs, and Paris-Roubaix.
- The one and only hugely popular Cycling Tips blog is sponsoring a Spring Classics Tour for the first time to the big 3 races plus lots of riding.
I wish I knew who is credited with this quote, but it sure is a good one:
"If you want to see a sporting event, go to the Tour de France. If you want to see a bike race, go to the Tour of Flanders"