Spring Classics
Spring Classics Cycling Trips
We are offering the following Spring Classics,

E3 Harelbeke
Gent Wevelgem
Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Tour of Flanders
Paris Roubaix

In all the Spring Classics, which we are operating, you have the option to bring your bike and ride the
"Cyclo Sportive" the day before the professionals. This is a ride for amateurs covering most of the route.

The Spring Classics in the international calendar are one-day professional cycling road races. Most of the
events, which are run in western Europe, have been fixtures on the professional calendar for decades. The
oldest ones date back to the 19th century and
are normally held at roughly the same time each year. In the last few years, the five most revered races
are sometimes described as the 'Monuments'.

The Five Monuments of Cycling are generally considered to be the oldest and most-prestigious one-day
races on the calendar.

•  Milan - San Remo (Italy) - the first true Classic of the year, its Italian name is La Primavera
(the spring), this race is held in late March. First run in 1907.

•   Tour of Flanders (Belgium) - Its nickname is "Vlaanderens mooiste".
    The Tour of Flanders is first of the 'Spring Classics', is raced in early April.
    First held in 1913.

   Paris Roubaix (France) - the "Hell of the North" or in french l'Enfer du Nord is
    traditionally one week after the Tour of Flanders.

•  Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium) - late April. La Doyenne, the oldest Classic, was 
    first held in 1892 as an amateur event, a professional edition following in 1894.

•  Giro di Lombardia (Italy) - also known as the "Race of the Falling Leaves", was
    held in October. Initially called the Milano-Milano in 1905, it became the Giro di
    Lombardia in 1907 and Il Lombardia in 2012 along with a new,earlier date at the
    end of September.

Only three riders have won all five 'Monument' one-day races during their careers: Roger De Vlaeminck,
Rik Van Looy and Eddy Merckx, all three Belgians.

With victories in all the other Monuments, Sean Kelly almost joined this group, finishing second in the
Tour of Flanders on three occasions (1984, 1986 and 1987).

Dutch rider Hennie Kuiper won each Monument, except Liège-Bastogne-Liège in which he finished second
in 1980.

Belgian rider Fred De Bruyne also came close, finishing second in the Giro di Lombardia in 1955 and
winning the other four races during his career.

We will start off the season with two Flemish classic events.

Baxter's Cycling Trips for Flemish Weekend, Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Flemish Weekend (Belgium)
(E3 Harelbeke & Gent Wevelgem)
On this fantastic Flemish weekend you will see the
E3 Harelbeke which has developed into a highly
prestigious and desirable event, you have the
opportunity to ride the Gent Wevelgem sportive and
the E3 Harelbeke sportive (Johan Museeuw Classic)
or watch the Gent Wevelgem.
Flemish Week (Belgium)
(E3 Harelbecke, Gent Wevelgem, Dwars Door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders)
On this fantastic Flemish week, you will see 4 UCI
World Tour events, starting with the E3 Harelbeke, it
is now the first cobbled classic of the season.
The opportunity to ride one of the 4 distances of the
Gent Wevelgem Sportive the day before the pros, Gent
Wevelgem pro race, the Dwars Door Vlaanderen which
has been upgraded in 2017 to a UCI World Tour status,
opportunity to ride one the Flanders sportive the
day before the pros, Tour of Flanders pro race.

Tour of Flanders
Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
This is your chance to ride the Tour of Flanders 2019
route in the Flanders cyclo. (Ronde van Vlaanderen cyclo)
the day before the professionals ride it. 16,000 cycling
enthusiasts rode the Tour of Flanders route last year.
(Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo) which includes the famous
cobbled climbs. In 2012, the Tour of Flanders changed it
route finishing in Oudenaarde, instead of Meerbeke, and
the race passed over the climbs of Oude Kwaremont
three times, which makes for excellent viewing of the
race as it unfolds.
Paris Roubaix
Paris Roubaix (France) - the "Hell of the North" or
in french l'Enfer du Nord is traditionally one week after
the Tour of Flanders. From its beginning in 1896 until
1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix
(hence the name); since 1968 the start city has been
Compiègne (about 60 kilometres, 37 miles) north-east
from Paris whilst the finish is still in  Roubaix. Famous
for rough terrain and cobblestones, it is one of the
'Monuments' or Classics of the European calendar,
and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium) - late April.
It is well and truly the oldest of cycling's classics
professional race. This is your chance to witness one
of the oldest and truest cycling Spring Classics.
Nicknamed the "Doyenne" of the classics as it is the
oldest race which still currently takes place,
Liege Bastogne Liege really is an exciting event.

E3 Harelbeke
Gent Wevelgem
Tour of Flanders
Paris Roubaix
Liege Bastogne Liege
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