From the Book “The Spring Classics” by Velo Press:
“Cycling’s spring races are always the most anticipated of the year, not only because they herald the start of the season, but also because they are brutally difficult and spectacularly unpredictable. Known as the Spring Classics, these one-day races test cycling’s toughest riders with the worst conditions imaginable—sucking mud, choking dust, leg-numbing sleet, fanatic spectators, and Europe’s narrowest, most bone-grinding country roads. Clattering through agrarian hamlets on routes established a century ago, the Spring Classics celebrate cycling’s most glorious and meaningful history. Riders that perform well amidst the intensity of these one-day races are acclaimed as cycling’s “hard men.””
These two events are my homage to the European Classics. That’s why. For some fantastic photos to get you in the mood, click here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1934030600/ref=rdr_ext_tmb and click on the “Look Inside” photo.