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. Though it has its down points, Liege is not the most beautiful city and this part of Belgium is an hour and half further than most Flanders sportives, the stunning countryside and classic climbs make this a brilliant cycling weekend. All the action is south of Liege where very quickly the city turns to remote countryside with some quaint villages and lovely views. The real draw though are the climbs, probably the most famous being La Redoute. Expect plenty of 15-20% sectors and lots of rolling hills to soften your legs.
Liege Bastogne Liege Routes
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.
Long Route (271 km)
(Based on 2016 route). 8 big climbs with plenty of rolling countryside in between. The route takes you all the way to Bastogne through WW2 battlefields and a very rural part of the country
Distance: 271 Km. Elevation: 4442 M.
Medium Route (158 km)
A really good option taking in 6 out of 8 big climbs on this sportive with a challenging 2,500m of climbing.
Distance: 158 Km. Elevation: 2523 M.
Short Route (76 km)
A much shorter loop down to one of the most iconic, and hardest, climbs in the Ardennes - La Redoute, and then back to Liege via another 2 major climbs making this a fun short route but still tough enough.
Distance: 76 Km. Elevation: 1233 M.