5 epic challenges you need to tackle once in a lifetime
The Cycling Monuments are five classic one-day road races with the greatest history and prestige on the international road cycling calendar.
Each of these monuments has, in the form of a granfondo or sportive, an edition for amateur cyclists, and this along the same route and generally taking places in the same weekend as the elite race, giving you the chance to also attend that spectacle.
Those sportives give you the opportunity to experience all five mythical races in professional cycling and crossing them off your bucket list.
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1. Granfondo Milano-Sanremo
Milan-San Remo, nicknamed « La Primavera » or « La Classicissima », was first held in 1907 and is the first monument of the season, held in March.
It’s non-competitive version La Granfondo Milano-Sanremo lets your experience the same route along the Ligurian Coast with the famous Poggio di Sanremo as the final climb. It is usually held in June which makes it more enjoyable than early spring. The Granfondo Milano-Sanremo 2023 is taking place on 4 June 2023 ... read more
As an alternative, participating in the Granfondo Sanremo-Sanremo, the day after the pro race is a good option for those who want to combine the pro race with some action ... read more
2. Tour of Flanders Sportive
The Tour of Flanders, in Flemish, de Ronde van Vlaanderen or simply « de Ronde », was first held in 1913 and is the second monument of the season and the first of the cobbled classics, usually held on the first Sunday of April.
Paris-Roubaix, nicknamed « l'Enfer du Nord » or « The Hell of the North », first held in 1896, is the next and second cobbled cycling monument, traditionally one week after the Tour of Flanders.
It’s non-competitive version, the Paris-Roubaix Challenge, is held one day before the men elite race and offers amateurs the opportunity to test themselves on mythical cobbled sectors such as the Carrefour de l'Arbre or the trouée d'Arenberg. The Paris-Roubaix Challenge 2023 is taking place on 8 April 2023 ... read more
4. Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge
Liège-Bastogne-Liège, nicknamed « La Doyenne », is the oldest classic (first held in 1892), and the last of the Ardennes classics and usually the last of the spring races.
The Giro di Lombardia, since 2012 Il Lombardia, also nicknamed the « Autumn Classic » or the « Race of the Falling Leaves », was first held in 1907 and is the only Monument scheduled in the European autumn.
La Granfondo Il Lombardia doesn't cover the entire route of the pro race but includes the 2 monumental climbs, La Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano, the latter is 2km long and averages 15.8% and a maximum of 27%. The Granfondo Il Lombardia 2023 is taking place on 8 Oktober 2023 ... read more