27 March 2013

Tour of Flanders and the Easter Bunny

Who moved Easter?

I am so confused. This Sunday is Tour of Flanders, but this Sunday is also Easter Sunday. Dear Flanders, Easter Sunday is the traditional right of Paris-Roubaix, or so I thought it was tradition, so much so that I checked my calendar a couple times because I was confused.

If this is Easter Sunday - it must be Paris-Roubaix ... wrong

Tour of Flanders is this Sunday, March 31st, and Paris-Roubaix is next Sunday April 7th.

Which means my friends who are suggesting a 60-mile group ride at 9:30am this Sunday are just plain clueless. First thing, it is Tour of Flanders - there are no early morning rides during classics season! I will be busy until at least 10:30am watching online, because this year I will recognize many of the landmarks (so excited!) after my trip to Belgium to see the race in person last year, plus it's Easter Sunday. I get to go to an Easter brunch party and wear pastel colors and eat chocolate! I have priorities.

Ok so who moved Easter?

We can blame the first counsel of Nicaea. Apparently Easter is a "movable feast" (and I just thought that was a whimsical name created by Hemmingway), it typically falls between March 22nd and April 25th, always falling on the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox. None of which I keep track of, so to me Easter is whenever Google says it is after I search for "when is Easter 2013?"

Let's get this straight, 1) The chocolate Easter Bunny is associated with Georgian Easter as opposed to Julian Easter or Jewish Passover, 2) Paris-Roubaix is not exclusively associated with either the Easter Bunny or Easter. After some further searching, I discovered "Easter Sunday last fell on March 31 in 2002. Easter Sunday previously fell on this date in the years 1720, 1771, 1839, 1850, 1872, 1907, 1918, 1929 and 1991."

In 2014 we must wait all the way until April 20th for Easter. My guess is Paris-Roubaix will miss out again and the peloton will be off racing Liege-Bastogne-Liege by that time. So I think it is due time they rewrite the tradition of associating Paris-Roubaix with Easter, cuz it's just plain wrong. Forget that whole nickname of Paris-Roubaix as la Pascale (the Easter race), I'm not falling for that trick anymore just because it was first raced on Easter Sunday. Paris-Roubaix is 1-week after Tour of Flanders, period.

What about the chocolate bunnies!

Agreed, Belgium has the best chocolate and therefore chocolate bunny eating should commence as early as E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke and continue all the way through Liege-Bastogne-Liege every year, just in case. In fact if they want to rename E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke to Tour of the Chocolate Bunny (Ronde van de Chocolade Bunny), I would be all for that since I just learned how to spell Ronde van Vlaanderen and that was tough enough.

Belgian Bunnies! (With a few odd ducks)
I want you to know I traveled to Gent, Iper, Brugge, and Kortrijk to research and taste the best chocolates in the land; some (although few) even made it home as gifts.
Delicious choices of chocolates
Colorful shop windows make happy tourists
What about the race?

I know I should be writing up a pre-race report for Tour of Flanders, or at least sharing my gazillion photos from last year's trip to Belgium, but I must have been in the mood for chocolate.

For now, anyone going to the race, read my tips from last year, when I went to the start in Brugge, and then saw the race pass by on the Kwaremont (a whole bunch of times), and missed all the traffic - yippee! I offer driving tips which may apply to this year's race unless they have (as they threatened to do) blocked off all free viewing on the Kwaremont. I also met a really cool couple Chris and Maureen at the race (story here: Stories from Belgium) whom I remember fondly and hope they are well and returning again this year to watch from their traditional spot on the grassy embankment. The day was tons of fun.

Read the Pedal Dancer posts by Karen from my Day at Tour of Flanders (also called the Ronde van Vlaanderen, so proud I can spell that now) A day on the Kwaremont, and also my day of recon on the route: Big Day tomorrow (Koppenberg, Kwaremont, Paterberg), and a later day of fun riding the bergs: A day of pave in France and Belgium.  Also some fun pictures of Team Sky and BMC in Kortrijk: Hanging with the teams; plus lots of stories written by others about the individual climbs in the race at: SPRING CLASSICS.

I love Belgium, it's bike racing, it's beer, and it's chocolate bunnies. But especially I like Tom Boonen!

Watching the race on the Kwaremont 2012 Tour of Flanders   ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
  = Easter  ≠  Paris-Roubaix  ,  Specialized bike  =  win Tour of Flanders! 
more on that later ...

23 March 2013

A new shorter Gent-Wevelgem

They have shortened a Classic

This is definitely the year of weather, or the year the Spring Classics became the Winter Classics. After the miserable conditions at Milan-San Remo last weekend, this weekend another race is expected to be pummeled with cold wet weather. Now the route of the 2013 Gent-Wevelgem has been changed due to heavy winter weather. This time, they are planning ahead to avoid major weather.

Gent-Wevelgem - 24 March 2013

Fifty-two of the planned 235.5km have been removed from tomorrow's race. Instead the riders will cover 183.4km in forecast freezing temperatures with 30% chance of snow and 19mph+ winds. The announcement to change the route was made Friday, after an awareness of almost certain poor conditions would affect the race and riders. Many of the same riders who recently suffered through a very cold E3-Harlebeke.

According to VeloNews, "It is the first time [race president Luc Gheysens] has made a route change due to external factors in his 30 years as the race president, and it wasn’t done lightly. The race will keep its start in Deinze but only as a matter of show: Riders will dress and sign in, but then board team buses for a 47km ride to Gistel, which allows the race to maintain its anticipated arrival times and stay on schedule."

CyclingNews further reports, "With more snow forecast to fall from around 10pm on Saturday evening and with temperatures plummeting to around -3, a decision will be made on Sunday morning before the race over the inclusion of the two ascents of the Casselberg."

As of today, the official parcoursmap is available on the race website for Gent-Wevelgem (still reflecting the entire route, but referred to as official by race organizers). Nieuwe roadmap en timetable: http://www.gent-wevelgem.be/nl/elite-men/race/track (hit the Start button).

Amazingly race organizers have come up with a plan that will not greatly affect the start or finish cities, nor the timetable for most cities along the route.

New parcours for 2013 Gent-Wevelgem. (This is my hand altered version of the route map).
The riders will not race between Deinze and Gistel (green line). After appearing in Deinze, they will take a bus to the new start in Gistel. They will race the gold line on this map. Click to enlarge map
Route map and timetable

View larger version of the route map for Gent-Wevelgem.

Sunday at 11:15am, the riders will have a ceremonial start in the traditional start city of Deinze. They will then drive with their teams, to the official race start in the city of Gistel. The race will begin at 12:35 at Aen Cafe Tourmalet, located at Kouter (N35) and Tieltsesteenweg (N35). The riders will disembark and begin riding on the originally planned route through Belgium, a bit of France, and back into Belgium to finish as planned in Wevelgem.

Here is the new accurate and updated timetable for Gent-Wevelgem reflecting the changes.

25 teams will compete: Official start list by procyclingstats.com
UCI Pro Teams 2013 
ALM/ AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
AST/ Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
BLA/ Blanco Pro Cycling Team (NED)
BMC/ BMC Racing Team (USA)
CAN/ Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)
EUS/ Euskaltel Euskadi (ESP)
GRS/ Garmin Sharp (USA)
KAT/ Katusha (RUS)
LAM/ Lampre Merida (ITA)
LTB/ Lotto Belisol (BEL)
MOV/ Movistar Team (ESP)
OPQ/ Omega Pharma - Quick-step Cycling Team (BEL)
OGE/ Orica Greenedge (AUS)
RLT/ Radioshack Leopard (LUX)
SKY/ Sky Procycling (GBR)
ARG/ Team Argos Shimano (NED)
TST/ Team Saxo-Tinkoff (DEN)
VCD/ Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team (NED)
AJW/ Accent Jobs - Wanty (BEL)
CRE/ CRELAN - Euphony (BEL)
TSV/ Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise (BEL)
COF/ Cofidis, Solutions Crédit (FRA)
EUC/ Team Europcar (FRA)
IAM/ IAM Cycling (SUI)

Race previews

PEZ Previews Gent Wevelgem By Edmond Hood, and also Team SKY. And a video: Greg Henderson talks cold weather racing at Gent-Wevelgem

Who won last year?: Tom Boonen

2009 Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Columbia-High Road
2010 Austria Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Team HTC-Columbia
2011 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step
2012 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

The climbs in Gent-Wevelgem race (the location of these climbs (km) on this list is incorrect for 2013), please look at this schedule for the exact times and kilometers of the climbs)

Recommended reading: Iconic Places: The Kemmelberg By Cycle Sport
Also read: A Closer Look: Gent-Wevelgem Pre-Ride By Pez Cycling
Related posts by Pedal Dancer: Word of the Day: hellingen

Update Sunday morning - the race is on with no additional changes!

Snow in Gent:
But clear on the Kemmelberg:
Go west my boys, Go West!

Photos from my own trip to Belgium last spring (please click any image to enlarge)

Related post by Pedal Dancer: Day 5 in Flanders (My trip in 2012) and more at Stories from Belgium
The fields of Flanders
Tyne Cot War Museum
Young students taking a tour of history
The Menin road
A different kind of map in 1918 Belgium
Ieper (Ypres)
Menin Gate
This year they will race under the gate

Race Coverage

Tomorrow will be another early race viewing morning in America. And although Cosmo at Cyclocosm wrote a good piece about the sorry state of TV watching for the sport of cycling this week (Why Americans Can’t Watch Cycling “On TV”), I am happy to have the old trusty [crappiest race coverage of all time] foreign language links to watch online. 

Once again Steve Hill at Steephill.TV informs us:
Start Time: Sunday March 24 11:15 CET (4:15:00 AM MDT); Weather in Gistel, Belgium
Earliest live video: 14:30 CET (7:30:00 AM MDT); see LINKS ON STEEPHILL
Approximate Finish: 17:00 CET (10:00:00 AM MDT); Weather in Wevelgem, Belgium

Race Results

1. Peter Sagan (SVK) 4hr 29min 10sec
2. Borut Bozic (SLO) at 23sec
3. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) 

See the full 2013 Gent-Wevelgem race results by ProCyclingStats

My fav: How The Race Was Won – Gent-Wevelgem 2013, By Cyclocosm

Also by Pedal Dancer: Who is Peter Sagan? other than studly and very good at wheelies. 

22 March 2013

Best Sportives and Gran Fondos

Favorite Citizen Event Rides

By way of CyclingTips today comes this recommended viewing video from GCN listing the top 10 Cyclosportifs and Gran Fondos in the world. I have to say I fully agree with this list. These are the events that come closest to allowing amateur cyclists to feel what the pros endure on any given stage. They are true challenges, and I am sure there is some fool out there trying to conquer all ten.

Video link : Top 10 Best Sportives And Gran Fondos To Cycle In The World. By GCN


What are the top cyclotourist rides - although they are more like races!
  1. Etape du Tour, Annecy, France - 130km: July 7, 2013
  2. Haute Route, Geneva-Nice, 7 days (with time trial) - 866km (also in Pyrenees)
  3. La Marmotte, Central Alps - 174km: July 6, 2013
  4. Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini, Italy - 151km: June 2, 2013
  5. Paris-Roubaix, France - 212km: April 6, 2013
  6. Mallorca 312, Spain - 312km:  April 27, 2013
  7. Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo, Flanders, Belgium - 140km: March 3, 2013
  8. Wiggle Dragon Ride, South Wales, UK - 216km: June 9, 2013
  9. Levi's Gran Fondo, Ca1ifornia, USA - 165km: October 5, 2013
  10. Scody 3 Peaks Challenge, Victoria, Australia, 235km: March 10, 2013
Whether you call them a gran fondo, cyclosportif, cyclosportive, cyclorace, citizen's ride, event ride, or just plain crazy, I think these events are amazing, so I have written before about getting out there and doing it yourself. Related reading, previous posts by Pedal Dancer:
Recommended reading: Gran Fondo Bucket List By Cycling Tips

20 March 2013

Kristof Ramon - remember his name

A fantastic photographer

I have a new favorite photographer - Kristof Ramon. Kristof Ramon (watermark Kramon) is a professional photographer, out of Belgium, who equally captures portraits, equipment, and landscape.

An artist who seems to experience a bike race in the same way I see a race, or rather in the way in which I try to capture a race. Photography is one thing I get really excited about, because I am learning, which means I could stay entertained and interested for years to come. If I can read/write/recommend reviews of equipment or places, why not a photographer.

To begin with, Kristof Ramon takes wonderful portraits (as seen above), freezing emotion on a face in time. To me portraiture captures the mind of cycling by conveying an up-close-and-personal story of what is about to happen or what just happened. This is what I personally look for at races - what can be foreseen in a face or body: the hope, the glory, the agony, the past, the future. It is how we relate to each other.

We can feel the emotion of this rider.  Photo tweeted by Kristof Ramon

Kristof Ramon also manages to photograph fragments of the bike in a way in which I believe many of us see our own bikes - all the details individually. When I am riding a bike, I do not see its entirety as a posed publicity side-shot of the bike. I barely sense the bike under me as it becomes part of me. Instead my bike is a series of snapshots of watching the gears turn, the tires roll, checking the wheels and breaks, lubing the chain, knowing every inch of the wrap of my handlebar tape, knowing my saddle by scuff mark, the scratches on my pedals. To a bike rider, a bike is the sum total of it's carefully selected and worn parts. This is why I like tight-shots of bikes, it is how I see my world from the saddle.

Niels Albert's bike by Kramon

The heart and soul of cycling in photos

Look at Kristof Ramon's photographs carefully http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristoframon/show/  He hung out with the Lotto Belisol team this past weekend at Milan-San Remo and got some amazing shots. 

You will see the art of a man who rides a bike, who knows what it is like to race and be at races. He captures a bike race like a man who knows cycling from the inside out, not just a photographer who knows his lenses and composition. He seems uninterested in presenting only perfection, instead presenting the human experience, which is rarely perfect but so much more interesting. As a result, through the variety he gives us, the whole picture of being at a bike race emerges.

Apparently taking his cues from the experience rather than the composition of the shot only, he seems to know when to go big and capture the entire scene, sensing when majesty and conditions of the environment can overwhelm a cyclist. This is how we ride a bike through the world, the tiny details, awareness of tactics and placement of people, and then bam - the grand feeling of this is amazing, this is wild, this is huge, I can't believe I am here.

My own experience as first a bike rider, then a fan, then a photographer, has helped me add fun to my day at the race. I can anticipate movement before it happens, I understand the flow and timing of a race, but I haven't lost how the Fan experiences the day - through the people, and in the spaces within 6-20 feet around us - not in the perfectly composed scenic frame shots. But in the individual moments that make our memories and bring us back for more.

I'll take a bike rider with a camera any day

A good Photographer is a gift to us all. What they communicate and neatly package as history is a result of their own experience and their own history. The best convey a universal perspective, suspending time, not just by giving us their view, but allowing us to say "that is the way I see it," or better, "that is the way I imagine it."

I will be a regular follower of Kristof Ramon.

About Kristof Ramon
Kristof Ramon blog (he gives photography tips on his blog!)
Kristof Ramon portfolio
Kristof Ramon twitter

Other Photographers

Photographing a bike race can be exhausting rewarding work, yet fun. I appreciate that these photographers make me feel as if I were there at the race. (*** indicates my favorites):
Cycling is more than the big white 300mm lens

This past winter I discovered a new favorite lens when I researched and purchased a 43mm, 1.9 lens, which I found to be perfect for Cyclocross. Then I read this on Kristof Ramon's blog, "One of the big bonuses with a headshot is that you can create a VERY quick portrait of someone that is almost always interesting. Most of the times I do them with available light and with the cheapest pro-lens around: the 50mm1.8. My favorite." Cool, I can't wait to use my new lens for more portraits.

Learn from a pro:
A webinar how-to video featuring Kristof Ramon: Kristof Ramon presents: Shooting cycling races – what technique to use at 50 km/h?

This is Kristof

Kristof Ramon attended film school and then followed his passion for cycling into photographing the sport. You can see his work at CyclingTips.com and other places including work for the specific teams like SKY, Leopard Trek, and Lotto-Belisol (which means he must be a nice guy to be around), look for his Kramon watermark to recognize his work. Or try to recognize Kristof himself at the races.

17 March 2013

Photo of the Day: 2013 Milan-San Remo & results


What a race it was this year. I hope you all watched because it was exciting, even if it did delay our own Sunday rides by an hour. In the end only 135 riders out of 200 finished a memorable 2013 Milan-San Remo. Snow, but not the outcome, was the big surprise of the day. It was a perfect who's who in the top 10 at the end of the day across the finish line in San Remo, a city that must have seemed a world away for most riders on Sunday.

1 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 5:37:20
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
5 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
6 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
7 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
8 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 0:00:14
9 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
10 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling

Race route changed

The parcour was altered as the race was halted in Ovada after 117km due to snow. After riding in the snow and suffering in the cold, the very cold riders boarded team buses for the transfer to Cogoleto. The race restarted with the same break of 6 riders allowed to begin and regain their previous lead of 7:10 over the peloton.

The riders did not race between point B (Ovada) and C (Cogoleto) below. Cutting off 53km, including the feed station of Campo Ligure (explaining why the riders had to eat on the bus) and the climb of Passo del Turchino, for a total 245km of the intended 298km route. I think that after-race footage should show these guys trying to walk around on Monday. Cold body recovery is tough and can take a couple days to get over being that cold to the core.

2013 Milan-San Remo route altered.
Intended route map of 2013 Milan-San Remo
Race Report: Pez: MSR'13: Ciolek Wins Big!

This photo, which seems to best capture the drama of the day, is circulating on Twitter and Facebook and Tumblres but lacks the credit to the original photographer. This is the work of Graham Watson who was out in that cold snow as well, just to bring us race photographs of this troop of incredibly brave riders.
Photo Tweeted. Milan-San Remo by Graham Watson!
Riders arriving into Ovada just before the race was stopped. By Gruber Images. Photo from DanGerous tumblre
Possibly one of my favorite cycling photos of all time. Thor Hushovd in the snow of Milan San Remo. Photo from DanGerous tumblre. This is the shame of tumblres - no photographic credit - I don't know who took this photo and I wish I did! Discovered this photo is from Brake Through Media
Thor Hushovd in the snow of Milan San Remo. Photo from DanGerous tumblre.

More photos & video

Photo Gallery by Cycling News: Snow forces Milan-San Remo route reduction
Sky Pro Cycling Gallery of Milan-San Remo 
Steephill's Big Photos
Graham Watson's Gallery: 2013 Milano-Sanremo

Cycling Central Video: Fabian Cancellara Interview
Cyclocosm.com: How The Race Was Won – Milan-San Remo 2013

Race Recap

Two-hour recap tomorrow on http://www.beinsport.tv/tv-guide at 12:30 and 3:30 pm. (MDT). (Thanks again Jason for this tip!). Or now from Steephill.TV: Last 3 Km (04:00 English) — eurosport, or  Highlights from Milan-San Remo 2013 (01:40 Italian) — gazzetta.it
Ciolek and Cancellara at the finish. Photo tweeted by @
What is next?
Volta Catalunya - 18-24 March 2013
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke - 22 March 2013
Critérium International - 23-24 March 2013
Gent-Wevelgem - 24 March 2013 (a dizzying google earth fly over)
Tour of Flanders - 31 March 2013

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Did you see the animated version yesterday?
The advancement of modern art
My dog Jack Denny, named after my Irish Great Grandfather, whose daughter came to America (and sons, and son-in-law, and cousins, and ...)

14 March 2013

Milan-San Remo 2013 - this weekend!

La classica di Primavera

Milano-Sanremo - 17 March 2013, this Sunday!

Whether you call this race Milan-San Remo or Milano-Sanremo - just watch it! To set the mood for this extremely prestigious one-day 298 km race - first take a look at a great collection of photos by Cycling Tips : Milan-San Remo :: Moments in History. And then read this story: Milan to Sanremo, When Fausto Coppi Stopped for a Coffee on the Way to Victory.

Then go directly to the official race website for the 104th edition of this often epic race at Milano-Sanremo, where you should resist clicking the small British flag to change to English language. That's right, try to navigate and discover in Italian - if the new Pope can do it, so can we (A quick tip - silence the Matt White videos).
Squadre (teams)
Programmo (program)
Percorso (route)
Planimetria (map)
Altimetria (profile)
Ultimi 30 km (final 30 km)
Partenza (departure/start) 10:10am
Arrivo (arrival/finish) 17:00-17:30pm
Cronotabella (timetable)
Word of the Day: Passista, Scattista, Velocista

Route maps - 298 glorious kilometers with a sprint finish!
Route map of 2013 Milan-San Remo
Profile map 2013 Milan SanRemo.
Or view the complete 32-page official guide done with Italian style.
Photo from official guide
Let's remember who won Milan-San Remo in recent years:

2000 Germany Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2001 Germany Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2002 Italy Mario Cipollini (ITA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
2003 Italy Paolo Bettini (ITA) Quick Step-Davitamon
2004 Spain Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank
2005 Italy Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2006 Italy Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Quick Step-Innergetic
2007 Spain Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank
2008 Switzerland Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Team CSC
2009 United Kingdom Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team Columbia-High Road
2010 Spain Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank
2011 Australia Matthew Goss (AUS) HTC-Highroad
2012 Australia Simon Gerrans (AUS) GreenEDGE

Check out the teams and roster of riders for 2013 by VeloNews: Milano-Sanremo 2013 confirmed riders

Read over a preview of the race for 2013: By my favorite race tactician Frankie Andreu (his picks are spot on) Race Preview: Milan-San Remo, "Every racer thinks they have a shot, if they can drop the sprinters." Or by Mikkel at C-Cycling: Milano - San Remo: Preview and Favorites, "there is only one true favorite for this race; Peter Sagan." Or read the lengthy preview by a very knowledgeable reporter Ed Hood: PEZ Previews: La Primavera.

Promo video: Milan-San Remo promo by Cycling Central (available for 3 days). 

Plan on popping up Steephill.TV to watch live coverage very early this Sunday morning (St. Patrick's Day): 2013 Milan-San Remo Live Video, Route, Teams, Results, Photos, TV.

According to Steve Hill at Steephill.TV we can expect:
Start time: Sunday March 17th 10:10 CET (3:10:00 AM MDT); Current Weather in Milan 
Earliest live video: 14:00 CET (7:00:00 AM MDT); Live video/text options 
Approximate finish 17:15 CET (10:15:00 AM MDT); Current Weather in San Remo

I always recommend opening a second browser online with live text coverage by Cyclingnews, this way you can truly know which riders made the break or are falling off the back on the climbs (something TV coverage does not always convey). Open http://www.cyclingnews.com/milan-san-remo coverage from 8:30am CET (European time) on Sunday morning (that's a little early here!).

I won't be watching at 12:30 am but I will rise early to see the final kilometers. Milan-Sanremo is a race in which I want to see the faces of the winner and loosers after 298 km of racing. Tough tough men win this race. M-SR is a career maker, I can't wait to see who the next victor will be.

Travel in the area

Did you know - the top 3 things to do as a tourist in Milan, Italy, are:
1. Viewing the frescos at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
2. The Cathedral (Duomo); every city in Italy has one.
3. L'Ultima Cena museum, the location on the Last Supper painting.

Top things to do in San Remo, Italy:
1. The sea
2. A bike ride from Sanremo to San Lorenzo on the old railway cycle path (24km along the Liguarian coast).
3. Eat!

Check out the route of the 2013 Giro d'Italia in May, this year Stage 13 of the Giro, from Busseto to Cherasco, will cross the route of Milan-Sanremo.

Here is a map that I think is of equal importance - all the pizza places near the route of Milan-San Remo. It is Italy, and racing makes me hungry.
That's a lot of pizza!
Related posts by Pedal Dancer:
Photos of the Day: 2013 Milan-San Remo & results