Ahead of a great Classic, it's always fun to look back at some of the PEZ crew's past experiences on the route of the race. Back in 2010, Dave Aldersebaes had the chance to join VeloClassic Tours in the Ardennes to enjoy the hellaciously hilly fun that is Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Get your climbing legs on, your pockets full of food, and come on for a ride through this beautiful and tortuous course.
Roadside: On Sunday April 8th, I had the once again once in a lifetime experience of chasing the most feared Monument of the year – Paris-Roubaix. And just like my ride across these hellish roads a couple days prior, this day was nothing short of ‘epic’.
The Ardennes classics kick off with this weekend’s Amstel Gold race, and while the region is home to some fine cycling, it’s also renowned for it’s delicious cuisine. In his 10th year of showing guests the finer parts of European race viewing, riding, and eating, Peter Easton of Velo Classic Tours shares some inside knowledge on where to get the best meals in Maastricht.
The Basque Country is characterized by two simple facts: remarkably beautiful landscape and incredibly delicious food. The simplicity of exploring the landscape - from stunning coastal roads to deserted mountainscapes - by bicycle and experiencing the pleasures of eating that is beyond an art form in this part of Europe, is to fully indulge in this Hedonist's playground that is determined to remain true to its cultural roots.
If there are two key things needed to enjoy the Basque Country to the fullest - it’s a healthy appetite and a pair of very strong legs. Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours was on the scene in the Basque Country on Saturday to take in the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of one of the year's most unique races.
We left off yesterday after Sector 20, a few short pieces of pave before the field would do battle with the evil she-beast they call Arenberg. We hopped pass the melee of Arenberg to take in two more sectors of brain banging bumps. Let's take a look around, shall we?
As part of Velo Classic Tours’ Ardennes Week trip, our agenda includes two days riding the roads and bergs of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege parcours. Thursday was all about the climbs and the scenery. Friday, it’s all about the pro teams we met on the roads of Belgium.
You might not believe this, but it doesn’t always rain on race day in Flanders. The Gent-Wevelgem racers rolled onto the course in mid-morning, and the sun suggested it was really spring. PEZ went cobble-deep with VeloClassic Tours to witness first-hand the craziness that makes the Belgian Classics… Classic.
One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of traveling abroad is experiencing daily life in a different country. As part of their itineraries that range from the Spring Classics in Belgium to the vividly picturesque in Austria, Velo Classic Tours offers travelers a unique view into the authentic culture of some of Europe’s best-kept culinary secrets.
Mention the Spring Classics, and the first thing that comes to mind are the cobbles of Flanders and Roubaix and the steep hills of Liege and Fleche. It's the heart of these races that makes them so special and holds each winner in such high regard, and Vйlo Classic Tours Spring Classics tours offer a local perspective with plenty of history, first class accommodations and gourmet food, race viewing and the best part… great riding.