SPRING CLASSICS

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

DATES

One-Day Classics - Spring Classics
Milano-Sanremo - 23 March 2014
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke - 28 March 2014
Gent-Wevelgem - 30 March 2014
Tour des Flandres - 06 April 2014
Paris-Roubaix -13 April 2014
Amstel Gold - 20 April 2014
La Fleche Wallonne - 23 April 2014
Liège–Bastogne–Liège - 27 April 2014

The Monuments

Milan-San Remo (Italy) - 23 March 2014
Tour of Flanders (Belgium) (Ronde van Vlaanderen) - 06 April 2014
Paris–Roubaix (France) -13 April 2014
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (Belgium) - 27 April 2014
Il Lombardia (Italy) - - 05 October 2014

Fall Classics

Clasica Ciclista San Sabastian - 02 August 2014
UCI Worlds - 21-28 September 2014, Ponferrada, Spain
Il Lombardia - 05 October 2014

Belgian Semi-Classics (not on the UCI WorldTour):

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - 01 March 2014
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne - 02 March 2014 (this is the race canceled due to snow in 2013)
Scheldeprijsf - 9 April 2014
De Brabantse Pijl - 16 April 2014

Italian Semi-Classic (not on the UCI WorldTour)

Strade Bianche 8 March 2014

More race dates may all be found at this same link by using the dropdown box and selecting the Tour:
2014 UCI WorldTour race schedule
2014 UCI Europe race schedule
2014 UCI American Tour race schedule

Archived 2013 Schedule here: 2013 Cycling Classics race calendar



Topics and posts from Pedal Dancer

2014
2013

2012
Race Dates:
Races:
       Tour of Flanders:
       Paris-Roubaix:
       Milan-San Remo:
Citizens Race:
Word of the Day:
Climbs:
Race & Ride reports / Being a fan in Belgium and France:
2011

Education:

Riders:
Races:

      Tour of Flanders
      Liege-Bastgne-Liege
      Paris-Roubaix
      Gent-Wevelgem  
      Milan-San Remo
Pictures of the Day
Citizen Races:
Word of the Day:
Recommended Reading and Viewing:
Travel:
2010


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 + Milan-Sanrenmo. The Spring Classics are traditionally held in late 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.
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)
others:
Paris-Nice = Race to the Sun
Tirreno-Adriatico = Race of the two Seas
Il Lombardia = Race of the Falling Leaves



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

    History
    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
    Flanders Week: The Viewing Guide By Pez Cycling

    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 Huy By Pez Cycling
    Liege Look: The Hills Of The Ardennes By Pez Cycling
    Ardennes Classics: Riding The L-B-L Bergs By Pez Cycling

    Cyclosportif Reports
    Tour of Flanders Sportive 2012 Route  By Adrian Fitch’s random rambling
    Top Rides: FLANDERS Cyclosportif By 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


    SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR BELGIUM BEERS
    Duvel
    La Chouffe
    Chimay Bleue  (tripel)
    Westmalle Trippel (8’ / blond / dubbel)
    Westvleteren
    Rochefort 10’ (8’)
    Tripple Karmeliet
    Hoegaarden
    Saxo
    Leffe

    Blegian 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
    trappistbier.wordpress.com 
    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  
    beerparadise.be 
    ratebeer.com  
    Belgian Beers By Frites en Mayo

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


    Photographs
    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

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

    Other
    Contest 2012 - Tour of Flanders: win a spot on the Go4Cycling VIP minibus with Johan Museeuw



    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.


    THE BEST CYCLING VIDEO OF ALL TIME





    2012 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 Cycling TV Schedule. Also watch the videos on CyclingCentral.