The last of the spring classics, Liege Bastogne Liege is one of the toughest pro races and certainly one of the hardest sportives of the year, let alone the spring. Join is for a weekend in the Ardennes for the oldest of cycling's five monuments. On Friday we have a 55km warm up ride to picturesque Aywaille, home of Philippe Gilbert, and take on the mighty La Redoute. Saturday is all about the sportive, we have a private feed stop with savoury food and a bag drop to help you survive the ride. On Sunday join us in the van to watch the race in four places with some beers and a picnic lunch. The best way to spend a Monument weekend.
A spring classic without cobbles, more climbing than the Etape and weather conditions ranging from 30 degree sunshine to snow. Welcome to Liege Bastogne Liege, one of the toughest rides of the year with leg sapping hill after leg sapping hill.
Liege Bastogne Liege is a race for the climbers which has resulted in some great battles in the last few years. With the route being almost and out and back, it is easy to catch the action in a couple of places and the action on the key climbs is great.
The hardest sportive of the spring classics, the full route of Liege Bastogne Liege is a full 271km and a massive 4,400 metres of climbing - more than Stelvio Santini or the Etape du Tour! The following day is the final pro race of the spring classics making this a great weekend to explore a rarely visited part of Belgium.
Arrive for our airport transfer at 11am from Brussels or make your own way to Liege (3hrs from Calais). Our 55km warm up ride starts from the hotel at 2pm, we should get back by 5.30pm.
Sportive Day! 7am start from Liege for all riders - a long day in the saddle if you are taking on the long route.
Pro race day. Join us in the van to catch the race in 4 places with some beers and a picnic lunch.
Three routes that all loop out and back to Liege but with very different distances and difficulties. The long route is one of the hardest sportives of the year with a killer mix of length and elevation. The medium route is a challenge and a step up from the medium routes of Tour of Flanders or Amstel and there is a short option of 76km which still takes in 3 punchy climbs. The climbs in this part of Belgium are short and very sharp, expect regular 10-20% gradients and not much recovery time between climbs. The final route details come out just before the sportive.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 273
Elevation gain: 5287
Ride Distance: 153
Elevation gain: 2705
Ride Distance: 75
Elevation gain: 1184
We offer airport transfers from Brussels. Arrive by 10.30am for an 11am transfer (we should arrive in Liege just after 12pm) and then join our guided warm up ride at 2pm. If you are driving it is around 3hrs from Calais.
We will collect your race packs on Friday and give them out over dinner in the hotel.
TBC but in previous years the sportive has started at Halles des Foires de Liege at:
271 km: between 6:30am & 7:30am
158 km: between 6:30am & 9:30am
76 km: between 8:00am & 10:00am
Finish in the same place.
Most people come to Liege for 3 nights to take in both the sportive & pro race. We have 2 or 4 night breaks available - put your required dates in the date picker to see all available options. Add bike rental and airport transfers in the cart.
All Packages Include:
Single Package with Medium Route Entry
Twin Package with Medium Route Entry