The Spring Classics Are Coming!

Written by on January 26, 2012 in Cycling, Sports, Travel - No comments

By David Edgar, via Wikimedia Commons

It is cold, gray and wet outside. In the cycling world, that can only mean one thing. It is time for the spring classics. These early season races set the stage for the cycling season. They spring classics may not be as glittery and flamboyant as the summer’s grand tours. In fact they are just the opposite. They are gray and dirty. These  one day races are test cycling’s toughest riders with the worst conditions imaginable.

these classic races have a long history. Many of them going back to the days before the tours. They are characterized by wheel sucking mud, choking dust,  and leg-numbing sleet. The nicely paved roads of summer are exchanged for narrow bone-grinding, cobble-stoned country roads that flow through old agrarian hamlets on routs established over a century ago. These classic races are the hardest of the season. These races are usually on only by the “hard men” that are tough enough to endure to the end.

This year the spring classics are:

DateRace
17 March 2012Milan -San Remo
25 March 2012Gent - Wevelgem
01 April 2012Tour of Flanders
08 april 2012Paris - Roubaix
15 April 2012Amstel Gold
18 April 2012Fleche Wallonne
25 April 2012Liège-Bastogne-Liège

These races are not to be missed. As these races come closer we will share with you some history and insight into the men who will be racing them.

 

Wayne Pedranti

About Wayne Pedranti

Wayne Pedranti is a traditional Naturopath and a Master Herbalist. He is a Master Level Certified Sports Nutrition Adviser educated at the Cory Holly Institute. He has been cycling for well over 20 years, and is a licensed coach with USA Cycling and USA Track and Field. He has a Masters Degree in Coaching Education at Ohio University. He uses his training on natural health and coaching to build a comprehensive training plans that builds health, fitness, and performance.

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