Top Ride: The culmination of my visit to Holy Week was the long anticipated, much feared, and never completed ride across the parcours of Paris-Roubaix. Finally I learned what it was like to battle the toughest roads in northern France and earn my own lap of honour at the Roubaix velodrome.
Paris-Roubaix in October! Better than no L'enfer du Nord as in 2020, and the weather forecast say's there is a 90% chance of rain on Sunday, so we may get a muddy Roubaix. Ed Hood is looking forward to cobbled battle through the worst of the elements - here is his hell of a preview.
This Sunday should be one of the most exciting De Ronde van Vlaanderen, with the World champion Alaphilippe, Van der Poel, Van Aert and all the others ready for action. The Tour of Flanders has thrown up many iconic images over its 105 editions, so you can imagine how difficult it is to choose the best photos from the Cor Vos archive of over fifty years.
Ex-World champion, Mads Pedersen out-sprinted an elite group at the end of Gent-Wevelgem. Top favourites, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, were watching each other and missed the final move. Action packed Flemish racing at its best.
The Classics have moved back up north to Belgium this week for the Dwars Door Vlaanderen, E3 Harelbeke and the big one on Sunday: Gent-Wevelgem. Ed Hood takes a trip back to his visits to the Belgian WorldTour race and looks forward to the 2016 cobbled Classic with history, course and top tips for the win.
Seeing, riding, and experiencing the Spring Classics is something every true fan counts on his bucket list. Peter Thomson, owner of Thomson Bike Tours, knows how it's done, and shares some insider tips on how to make the most of this trip to Belgium.
Our man Mark was introduced to the cobbles of Flanders last week by Velo Classic Tours, riding the roads of Wevelgem, Scheldeprijs and De Ronde. To finish him off he tackled the Hell of the North and those murderous tracks to Roubaix, but he still had time for rider watching at the sign-on in Compiégne.
As part of his continued Spring Classics trip with Velo Classic Tours our man Mark McGhee has been out riding the Belgian cobbles that included the Gent-Wevelgem parcours and its famous bergs whilst being followed around by pro photographers on motorbikes, been up close to the pros at the Scheldepris race and hung out in VIP comfort in between. Life's tough as Paris Roubaix approaches!