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Kermesse Sport reveals it's 2018 Spring Classics Series

Four amazing Spring Classics! How many of you will be brave enough to ride the full series?

Kermesse Sport reveals its 2018 Spring Classics SeriesThe Spring Classics are just around the corner and Kermesse Sport has just revealed their series of four Spring Classics across New Jersey and Pennsylvannia that pay homage to it's European cousins, like Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), Het Nieuwsblad and the Ardennes Classics like Fleche Wallone, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege!

Mark your calendars and set your alarms, registration for the 2018 Spring Classics opens on Monday, January 15th at 7 pm!

If you plan to ride all four events, there is a Spring Classics Series discount. Once one of the events sells out, the package deal will close!

 

The Sourland Semi-Classic, February 25th

The series kicks-off with Sourland Semi-Classic on February 25, 2018 in Hopewell, New Jersey.

The Spring Classics are not all about the Monuments! In tribute to the second tier classics, Kermesse Sport present the Sourland Semi-Classic (SSC), a 60 mile ride that explores the Sourlands Region of Central New Jersey.

It offers a gentler way to prepare for the main spring events, while some of the roads have been used by the Hell of Hunterdon. There is much more excellent riding to be had in the Sourlands; the SSC showcases it. If the HoH is the Ronde; the SSC is Het Nieuwsblad; it will take in some of the same roads, but it will hit them differently and go other places as well.

Of course there will be some unpaved roads to go with the famous Sourland climbs and flats.

     

Photo Credits: Mike Maney - http://www.mikemaney.com

Sourland Semi-Classic, February 25, 2018

 

The Hell of Hunterdon, March 18th

The Hell of Hunterdon is the Mid-Atlantic’s Premier Spring Classic & Mixed Surface Ride staring at Blawenburg, New Jersey and is the ideal way to open your cycling season.

The 82 mile challenging course features 19 sections of dirt, gravel, and hardscrabble roads, covering approximately 15% of the course, as it winds its way through scenic farmland and country towns in New Jersey’s Sourland Region. It contains around 6,000 feet of climbing.

>>> Conquering the Dirt – The Hell of Hunterdon, by By Nikki Ragonese <<<

There is a Post Ride Celebration that includes hot food, cold beer, and door prizes in a festive indoor/outdoor environment.

Well over 750 riders take part and the event sells out way in advance!

      

Photo Credits: Mike Maney - http://www.mikemaney.com

The Hell of Hunterdon, March 18th, 2018

 

The Fools Classic, April 7th

Fools Classic is said to be the most difficult, have you ridden it yet? 

The Fools Classic is a challenging 79 mile ride held in bucolic Bucks County, Pennsylvania with 27 unpaved roads.  It is one of the first rides in the US that emulates the conditions of the Northern European Spring Classics. Despite being founded long prior to the Revolutionary War, Bucks County doesn't have much in terms of cobblestone roads, but due to its rural nature, there are many unsealed roads of dirt and gravel.

Glaciers carved out what is now the Delaware River, yielding some steep hills leading out of the river valley. These conditions combined with the dirt roads, lends perfectly to a tribute to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). While the route varies year-to-year, the concept is constant; ride a circuit of roads less traveled past picturesque farms, pre-revolutionary stone houses, and take in as many of the local unsealed roads as practical.

The unsealed roads are all maintained public roads that are used daily by standard vehicles. They are perfectly suitable for standard road bikes with normal road tires, though the organizers recommend that you leave the lightweight stuff at home, and suggest that tires larger than 23mm will make your ride more enjoyable.

      

Photo Credits: Mike Maney - http://www.mikemaney.com

The Fools Classic, April 7th, 2018

 

Flèche Buffoon, April 28th

A "Spring Classic" for those who don't like riding on dirt roads!

The Fleche Buffoon is a tribute to the Ardennes Classics (Fleche Wallone, Amstel Gold Race & Liege-Bastogne-Liege).  The challenging course features multiple steep climbs over its route. 

Along the way there will be miles of country roads, scenic farmland and quaint river towns. In true fashion, there is even an authentic European windmill.

Enjoy the ride with support, aid stations and a post ride party!

      

Photo Credits: Mike Maney - http://www.mikemaney.com

Flèche Buffoon, April 28th, 2018