After unexpectedly winning a trip to watch the Ronde van Vlaanderen up close, the nice people of GoingGoing Bike asked me to write-up my experience.  So here you go!

The Spring Classics are best served live!

The Ronde van Vlaanderen is one of the monument races of the cycling season and going by the impressions from the television and comments from spectators, the race is just that – monumental.

Swooosh!

Cobbles, brutal climbs, crazy fans, iconic landscapes. As is always the case, the TV only delivers half the excitement. If you’ve ever been to a big bike race (cue the Olympics or the Tour of Britain or even just a local race), you know what I mean – the swoosh of the wheels, the gentle, precise clicking of gears shifting, riders shouting warnings at each other and all at breakneck speed that you can only appreciate if you’ve seen for yourself. Swooosh! – and they’re gone.

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