North American East Coast Classics
Spring is just around the corner and so are the East Coast classics in North America in less than 2 weeks time!
These events are in tribute to the European Spring Classics, like The Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Fleche Wallone, Amstel Gold Race & Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Lots of these rides include sections of gravel, mud, unpaved roads that will test you, your bike and riding skills to the limit - let alone your endurance and fitness!
Road bikes are ok, but you'll probably need wider thick wall tires and/or MTB brakes. Failing that a cross bike will do the job. Always check with the organiser to be safe,
Don't be fooled by the distances - some of these rides are seriously tough.
Ride safe and always wear a helmet.
Tom Dula’s Revenge features 50 miles of fast, rolling, and twisting country roads, including 15 miles of gravel, and finishing with a stream crossing and a tricky forest road climb. The feedback from last year was overwhelmingly positive, and this will be the same route, but now starting and finishing at the Leatherwood Mountains Resort – stay in one of their cabins, and bring your family to enjoy a guided horseback ride while you are riding. Once again, you can also sign up for the non-competitive Gravel FUNdo category and ride the same course, or opt to skip the steam crossing and final climb.
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In tribute to the Northern European Spring Classics join us for the 6th Annual Hell of Hunterdon, a 77 mile Belgian themed ride in Hunterdon County, NJ.
The challenging course features 18 sections of dirt, gravel, and hardscrabble roads (covering approximately 15% of the course) as you wind your way through scenic farmland and country towns in New Jersey's Sourlands. Total elevation gain is ca 5700 feet. The route is perfectly suitable for standard Road Bikes with Road Tires; tires wider than 23mm are suggested. Cyclocross bikes are welcome, but certainly not required, as most of the ride is on paved roads. It is the ideal preparation for those who plan to go to the Tour of the Battenkill on April 5th.
Following the ride, please join us for the festivities (food, beer, and door prizes) at YMAC in Lambertville, including plenty of beer.
If you have never visited, Love Valley North Carolina is step back to earlier times. This quaint little western town is at the base of the Brushy Mountains and surrounded by beautiful winding dirt-packed roads. The course is approximately 50 miles with 60% +/- packed dirt roads. Bring your CX or road bike with thick wall tires and enjoy this scenic event.
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Preview ride America's largest one-day Pro/Am cycling race and Gran Fondo. Racers compete over 65 miles of rolling terrain on both dirt and paved roads as they travel through the world famous Battenkill Valley. Set in early spring, the race starts and finishes in the scenic village of Cambridge, New York and courses through covered bridges, family farms, and rural villages along the many challenging backcountry roads that traverse Southern Washington County, New York.
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The 8th Annual Fools Classic is a challenging cyclosportif which 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, lending perfectly to a tribute to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen.
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Boone-Roubaix V, The Hell of the High Country
Now the final race in the Trois Roubaix series with Tom Dula's Revenge March 9 and Love Valley Roubaix March 23.
Test yourself on a 50 mile route featuring 10 miles of unpaved roads and a series of challenging climbs including the infamous Koppenberg of the High Country, Big Flatts Church Road.
America's largest one-day Pro/Am cycling race. Racers compete over 65 miles of rolling terrain on both dirt and paved roads as they travel through the world famous Battenkill Valley. Set in early spring, the race starts and finishes in the scenic village of Cambridge, New York and courses through covered bridges, family farms, and rural villages along the many challenging backcountry roads that traverse Southern Washington County, New York.
The 2013 edition played host to nearly 3,000 amateur and professional cyclists from throughout North America and dozens of nations worldwide.
Hell of the North, 125km over challenging terrain. Designed to make you hurt. To make you suffer. To make you love being on your bike. In the spirit of the classics, this ride will push you right to the edge ... then bring you back. Your face will tell the story. Your legs will beg for mercy. A day your heart will never forget!
Heck of the North - You still want to be part of the experience, but hell is a long way to go. We have mapped out a tough course suitable for road bikes. Gravel, dirt, paved roads and tough hills. Some of the pain but none of the mud. A 70km challenge you won't want to miss!
Rasputitsa is Russian for mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. The 1st Annual Rasputitsa Spring Classic will be held on April 19th, 2014 starting at 9 AM EST in Newport, VT. This 47 mile (31 miles of gravel) road race travels some of Vermont's coldest and barren landscapes. The event raises money for the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation. Included in the registration fee is a meal ticket at the Apres-Velo party for riders. Additional meal tickets can be purchased.
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A "Spring Classic" for those who don't like riding on dirt roads! The 2nd 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.
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For over a century the roads of northern Europe have been home to the toughest bicycle races in the world. The most famous of these, Paris to Roubaix, takes place each spring over brutal cobblestone roads that have been preserved in their historic condition for over 100 years. Inspired by this classic race, the Paris to Ancaster has taken place for the past twenty years over the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads we can find. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians.
The Paris to Ancaster has taken place for the past nineteen years over the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads we can find. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians.
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