Cycling's spring races are always the most anticipated of the year, not only because they herald the start of the season, but also because they are brutally difficult and spectacularly unpredictable. Known as the spring classics, these one-day races test cycling's toughest riders with the worst conditions imaginable - sucking mud, choking dust, leg-numbing sleet, fanatic spectators, and Europe's narrowest, most bone-grinding country roads.
Mere mortals can also ride the routes too, usually as part of an organised sportive and the events are fast approaching. If you plan to ride, The Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix or Leige Bastogne Liege we've our tips for a successful ride.
SHOP THE TIP | Vittoria Pave CG Open Tyres | Fizik Gel Inserts | Condor Cork Tape
SHOP THE TIP | Blackburn Competition Cage | Condor Water Bottle | King Cage Stainless Steel Cage
(We've made a hand cue sheet for the rides lower down the page)
SHOP THE TIP | Clif Energy Bar - Save over 40% | OTE Energy Gels - Save 15%
Climbs and Sector Cue Sheets for mid distance Tour of Flanders 2014 Cyclosportive (131km route) and Paris-Roubaix 2014 Cyclosportive (170km route)
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Mount to top tube with electric tape. Sellotape can sometimes leave a sticky residue on your components.