April 4, 2013 by Rohan Kini
We had a pretty nice intro on the Spring Classics and here is the next in the series – “Why should I watch the spring classics?”
Why Watch the Spring Classics?
- Unlike the grand tours these are single day races – If you like cricket, think Test match vs T20 (and god save your soul)
- Companies release new equipment (the awesome Specialized COBL GOBL-R and the Specialized Roubaix were all released here)
- Tires and Wheels are tested here under the worst possible conditions
- Clothing companies also tend to release new gear for the spring
- The first few races of the season – the big favorites come out in full form and we get to see some of the fastest races of the year
- Faster races also mean faster crashes!
- These are hard races – important to the teams and the racers
Exciting watching for sure!
Some other interesting stuff
- The Paris-Roubaix is called the “Queen of the Classics” and is the crescendo of the classics
- The races start in Italy move over to Belgium and then hit Southern Belgium
- Belgium/North France host the cobbled races
- Southern Belgium host the hilly races
- The inaugural race (Milan – San Remo) is over 300km and is the longest race
- The last race (Liège–Bastogne–Liège) is the oldest and the most prestigious
The next writeup on the series would be about the Paris Roubaix race by Naveen John! Stay posted.
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