Spring Classics, Fall Classics, Semi-Classics, One-Day Classics

One-Day Classics Schedule for 2016

When I am asked what or where my favorite bike races are held, I smile with great sentiment and excitement and always respond, "Oh, the Classics, the cobbles!". Without a doubt the classics are the most grueling test of man and his bike against the elements. Sure cycling is a team sport, but the classics are the hardest races to predict ahead of time because most often they come down one day and the will of one man on that day.

The classics demonstrate the true beauty of bike racing - they are hard, unknown glory at its best. Here is a list of the classics by date. For more links and news about the Classics also visit Cycling Fans.

One-Day Classics Schedule for 2016 (and some others) - Classics race dates and links to official race websites.

March 2016
5 March 2016: Strade Bianche, ITALY, UCI European Tour 1.HC
6-13 March 2016: Paris - Nice, RANCE, UCI WorldTour 2.UWT
9-15 March 2016: Tirreno - Adriatico, ITALY, UCI WorldTour 2.UWT
19 March 2016: Milano - Sanremo, ITALY, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
25 March 2016: E3 Harelbeke, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
27 March 2016: Gent - Wevelgem in Flanders Fields, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

April 2016
3 April 2016: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
10 April 2016: Paris - Roubaix, FRANCE, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
17 April 2016: Amstel Gold Race, NETHERLANDS, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT (enter DOB dy/mn/year)
20 April 2016: La Flèche Wallonne, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT
24 April 2016: Liège - Bastogne - Liège, BELGIUM, UCI WorldTour 1.UWT

Winners of the Classics in 2015

2015 Trofeo-Laigueglia - Winner: Davide Cimolai (Lampre-Merida)
2015 Omloop Het Nieuw - Winner: Ian Stannard (SKY)
2015 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne - Winner: Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step)
2015 Le Samyn - Winner: Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal)
2015 Strade Bianche - Winner:  Zdenek Stybar (Etixx - Quick Step) 
2015 Milan-San Remo - Winner: John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)
2015 Dwars d Vlaanderen - Winner: Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise)
2015 E3 - Harelbeke - Winner: Geraint Thomas (Sky)
2015 Gent-Wevelgem - Winner: Luca Paolini (Katusha) 
2015 Tour of Flanders - Winner: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
2015 Scheldeprijs - Winner: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) 
2015 Paris-Roubaix - Winner: John Degenkolb (Giant - Alpecin)
2015 De Brabantse Pijl - Winner: Ben Hermans (BMC) 
2015 Amstel Gold - Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step)
2015 La Flèche Wallonne - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2015 Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2015 San Sebastian - Winner: Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE)
2015 GP Cycliste Québec - Winner: Rigoberto Uran Uran (Etixx Quickstep)
2015 GP Cycliste Montreal - Winner: Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)
2015 Il Lombardia - Winner: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Who won in 2014

2014 Trofeo-Laigueglia - Winner: José Serpa
2014 Omloop Het Nieuw - Winner: Ian Stannard (SKY)
2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne - Winner: Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
2014 Le Samyn - Winner: Maxime Vanttomme (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
2014 Strade Bianche - Winner: Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
2014 Milan-San Remo - Winner: Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
2014 E3 - Harelbeke - Winner: Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
2014 Gent-Wevelgem - Winner: John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano)
2014 Tour of Flanders - Winner: Fabian Cancellara (Trek)
2014 Scheldeprijs - Winner: Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)
2014 Paris-Roubaix - Winner: Nikki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
2014 De Brabantse Pijl - Winner:  Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
2014 Amstel Gold - Winner:  Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
2014 La Flèche Wallonne - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Winner: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) 
2014 San Sebastian - Winner: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
2014 GP Cycliste Québec - Winner: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2014 GP Cycliste Montreal - Winner: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2014 Il Lombardia - Winner: Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) 

Archived Pedal Dancer® 2015 Classics schedule here: Classics Schedule for 2015
Archived Pedal Dancer® 2014 Classics schedule here: 2014 Spring Classics Schedule
Archived Pedal Dancer® 2013 Classics schedule here: 2013 Cycling Classics race calendar

SPRING CLASSICS ROUTE MAPS FOR 2016 (and significant races in Belgium)

2016 Strade Bianca route map

Strade Bianca 2016 route map
Strade Bianca 2016 route map
Paris-Nice 2016 route map

Paris-Nice route map 2016
Paris-Nice route map 2016
2016 Tirreno Adriatico route map

Tirreno Adriatico route map 2016
Tirreno Adriatico route map 2016
2016 Milan San Remo route map

Milan San Remo route map 2016
Milan San Remo route map 2016
2016 E3 Harelbeke route map, (bergs in E3)

E3 Harelbeke route map 2016
E3 Harelbeke route map 2016
2016 Gent - Wevelgem route map

Gent - Wevelgem route map 2016
Gent - Wevelgem route map 2016
2016 Tour of Flanders route map, (bergs)

Tour of Flanders route map 2016
Tour of Flanders route map 2016
Tour of Flanders route map 2016
Tour of Flanders route map 2016 zoom
2016 Paris-Roubaix route map

The official parcours map has not yet been released.

The route of the 2016 Paris-Roubaix, which will be held on Sunday April 10, will include 27 cobble sectors over 52.8kms (32.81 miles) of cobblestones. The “Trouée d'Arenberg”, the Mons-en-Pévèle sector and the “Carrefour de l'Arbre” will be included in the 2016 p parcours. The uphill climb of Hameau du Buat will be featured in 2016. One hundred metres has been added to the length of the race in 2016. The total distance will be a grueling 257.5kms (160 miles).

The velodrome on Roubaix where the Paris-Roubaix race finishes. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®


Spring Classics = Milan-San Remo + Cobbled Classics + Ardennes Classics

La Primavera

Milano-Sanremo (Italy)

Cobbled Classics

E3 Harelbeke  (Belgium)
Gent-Wevelgem  (Belgium)
Tour des Flandres  (Belgium) (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
Paris-Roubaix  (France)

Ardennes Classics

Amstel Gold  (The Netherlands)
La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)


The Monuments:

Milano-Sanremo  (Italy)
Tour des Flandres  (Belgium) (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
Paris-Roubaix (France)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)
Il Lombardia (Italy)

It's not all about the Spring:

Fall Classics:

Clásica Ciclista San Sabastian  Spain
Trittico de Atunno made up of 3 races:D
Milano Torino 
Giro del Piemonte
Il Lombardia


UCI Worlds

Nicknames for the Classics
Paris-Roubaix = Queen of the Classics (La Reine), The Hell of the North, La Pascale
Amstel Gold = [no nickname]
La Fleche-Wallonne = The Walloon Arrow
Liege-Bastogne-Liege = La Doyenne (the oldest/old lady)
Milan-San Remo = La Primavera (the spring), Sprinters' Classic, La Classicissima
Ronde van Vlaanderen = Flanders' most beautiful (Vlaanderens mooiste)
Paris-Nice = Race to the Sun
Tirreno-Adriatico = Race of the two Seas
Il Lombardia = Race of the Falling Leaves

See also: WorldTour Race Schedule for 2015

An explanation of the one-day races

La Primavera (the 1 and only)
  • Milan-San Remo (Italy) – La Classicissima, Milano-Sanremo opens the Classics season every year. It is called La Primavera (Italian for the spring), the race was first run in 1907.  It should be called "Il Longets (The Longest because it certainly is long.
Cobbled classics (4)
  • Gent–Wevelgem (Belgium) - the first 'Spring Classic' in the season, began in 1934, the parcours include the famed Kemmelberg climb.
  • E3 Harelbeke (Belgium) - named after the road it is raced upon, was first held in 1958, pronounced “ay-dree press harold bek” (give it another try).
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium) – Tour de Flandres, or Tour of Flanders in English, or Vlaanderens mooiste ("Flanders's most beautiful") started in 1913, this race is both hugely popular and prestigious in Belgium.
  • Paris–Roubaix (France) – called La Reine ("Queen of the Classics") or l'Enfer du Nord ("Hell of the North"), or La Pascale. The race is traditionally one week after the Ronde van Vlaanderen, first raced in 1896 on Easter Sunday. P-R is all about the pavé, which is indeed massive and rutted.
Ardennes classics (3)

Only 2 men that have won the "Triple" in the same year - Davide Rebellin in 2004 and Philippe Gilbert in 2011 (Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, Liège–Bastogne–Liège).
  • Amstel Gold Race (The Netherlands) – the newest race of the Classics was first run in 1966.
  • La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium) – first run in 1936, Walloon Arrow is traditionally held in the wooded Ardennes region, mid-week between the Amstel Gold and the "Monument" Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium) - the oldest one-day race on the calendar, begun in 1892. Another newspaper race.
Spring Classics (1+4+3 = 8)
  • Spring Classics = Cobbled classics + Ardennes classics + Milano-Sanremo. The Spring Classics are traditionally held in March or April in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and France.
The Monuments (5)
The five "Monuments" are a different combination than the eight "Spring Classics", the Monuments add more of the beautiful terrain of Italy. Only three riders, all Belgians, have won all five races in their career - Roger De Vlaeminck, Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx; none in the same year. The Monuments are grouped as:
  • Milan-San Remo (Italy)
  • Tour of Flanders (Belgium) (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
  • Paris–Roubaix (France)
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium)
  • Il Lombardia (Italy) – the only race considered a Monument, but not a Classic, the race is held in October. Known as the "Race of the Falling Leaves" and initially called the Milano–Milano (1905). The race was renamed to Giro di Lombardia in 1907, and then Il Lombardia in 2012.

Topics and blog posts from Pedal Dancer®


Tour of Flanders:
Milan-San Remo:
Citizens Race:
Word of the Day:
Race & Ride reports / Being a fan in Belgium and France:


Tour of Flanders
Milan-San Remo
Pictures of the Day
Citizen Races:
Word of the Day:
Recommended Reading and Viewing:

Cycling in Belgium

Recommended posts, articles, and videos by other authors and fans on riding and racing in Belgium:

Race Reviews
CS experts panel: Paris-Roubaix By Cycle Sport
CS expert panel: Amstel Gold By Cycle Sport
CS expert Panel: Liège-Bastogne-Liège By Cycle Sport
CS experts panel: The Tour of Flanders By Cycle Sport
2011 Gent – Wevelgem By Cycling Tips
Guide to Spring Classics Road Bike Racing By Bicycling.com

Photos of the day: The King of Paris Nice By Flandria Cafe
Paris-Roubaix | l’Enfer du Nord By CyclingTips
Paris-Roubaix - A History   By Daily Peloton
George Hincapie Class Act By Bicycling.com
Photos of the day: 'A Sunday in Hell'... the year before By Flandria Cafe
Roubaix and the hunt for cobbles By The Inner Ring
One Race is One Man’s Legacy By Peter Easton of Velo Classic Tours

The Climbs/Bergs
Flanders climbs - map locations, details, profiles By Catena Cycling
Iconic Places: The Forest of Arenberg By Cycle Sport
Iconic Places: The Mur de Huy By Cycle Sport
Iconic Places: The Cauberg By Cycle Sport
Iconic Places: The Muur van Geraardsbergen By Cycle Sport
Iconic Places: The Kemmelberg By Cycle Sport
Monumental Bergs: The Oude Kwaremont By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Nokereberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Valkenberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Molenberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Kattenberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Eikenberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Wolvenberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Taaienberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Paterberg By The ChainStay
Monumental Bergs: The Koppenberg By The ChainStay
A slice of Hell, Paris-Roubaix's Haveluy Cobbles By Twisted Spoke
The 18 climbs of the Tour of Flanders By VeloNews.com

Chasing the races
Roubaix, Baixby!! By Tobe's Blog
Flanders blog: The best race in the world By Cycle Sport
Heaven and hell following the Paris-Roubaix By The Telegraph, 2010

Ride Reports from fans/cyclists/riders
Riding with the King: Three Days of West Flanders By Ben King 
Riding The PAVÉ: Ouch! By Pez Cycling
Chasing Races - Part 1 (RVV) By Frites en Mayo
Weekend in Hell – Day One By Mr. Patterson Goes to Languedoc
Weekend in Hell – Day Two By Mr. Patterson Goes to Languedoc
Weekend in Hell – Day Three By Mr. Patterson Goes to Languedoc
Top Rides: The Finale Of Milano-Sanremo By Pez Cycling
PEZ Does Flanders: Pre-Riding Gent-Wevelgem By Pez Cycling
A Closer Look: Gent-Wevelgem Pre-Ride By Pez Cycling
Top Rides: PEZ Vs The Mur de HuyBy Pez Cycling
Liege Look: The Hills Of The ArdennesBy Pez Cycling
Ardennes Classics: Riding The L-B-L BergsBy Pez Cycling

Cyclosportif Reports
Tour of Flanders Sportive 2012 Route  By Adrian Fitch’s random rambling
Top Rides: FLANDERS CyclosportifBy Pez Cycling
Cyclo-Sportive: Tour of Flanders Sportive By CyclingWeekly
Review: Tour of Flanders Sportive By Cyclosport.org
Cobbled Madness - Part 1 of 4 - The Flanders Cyclosportive By Cyclosport.org
Gran Fondo Bucket List By Cycling Tips

Bike Shops
Plum: Ghent’s famous bike shop, by Cycling Weekly

  • Duvel
  • La Chouffe
  • Chimay Bleue  (tripel)
  • Westmalle Trippel (8’ / blond / dubbel)
  • Westvleteren
  • Rochefort 10’ (8’)
  • Tripple Karmeliet
  • Hoegaarden
  • Saxo
  • Leffe

Belgian Travel, Food, and Culture
Fietsroute.org - bike paths in Belgium
Flemish Pride By Peter Easton of Velo Classic Tours 
Belgian Culture By Bike Belgium
Travel: The Simple Pleasures of Eating By Pez Cycling

Belgian Beer
Belgian Breweries on Google Maps
Following a Trail of Beer in Belgium By the New York Times
Belgian Trappists and Abbey Beers  By MoreBeer.com
Belgian Beer Primer- Decoding the world’s most acclaimed (and confusing) brews.
A beginner's guide to Belgian beer
Beer Style Guide
Belgian Beers By Frites en Mayo

Breweries you may visit in Belgium:
Brouwerij Alvinne, De Proefloft & beershop Moen, BELGIUM
Cantillon Brewery/Museum, Brussels, BELGIUM
De Dolle BrouwersEsen, BELGIUM
Brasserie FantômeSoy, BELGIUM
St. SixtusabdijWestvleteren, BELGIUM

Dwars Door Vlaanderen Photo Gallery By Kristof Ramon and CyclingTips
Picture gallery: Koppenberg cross
Kemmel ride
Paris Roubaix pro race
2011 Paris-Roubaix Photos - Recon By CyclingFans.com

Flanders, and how to dress your bike By Sprinting for Signs
Tech Gallery – BMC gets ready for Tour of Flanders (Ambrosio rims)
Race tech: Wheel and tire choices at Paris-Roubaix 2011 By BikeRadar.

Thor try's out sectors of Paris Roubaix Pavé By Sprinting for Signs

Videos from Belgium or the Classics

Video: The Classics on SBS (Cycling Central) 2013
Climbing the Muur of Geraardsbergen - Tour of Flanders

Koppenberg Climb, Tour of Flanders Sportive 2006

Oude Kwaremont & Paterberg 

Fabian Cancellara Drops Tom Boonen - 2010 Tour of Flanders 

Paris-Roubaix 2011 Carrefour de l'arbre.


Race Schedule

Watch the races in live online or in TV: For live online viewing options please check in with www.steephill.tv (for links to Sporza, Eurosport, and more) or cyclingfans.com. View the recorded TV viewing schedule at NBC or watch videos on CyclingCentral.