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.
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.
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. Lots of choice for where to catch the action, we like getting out into the country and catching the action on a couple of climbs including La Redoute before seeing the final kms in a pub in Aywaille.
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.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 273
Elevation gain: 5287
Ride Distance: 153
Elevation gain: 2705
Ride Distance: 75
Elevation gain: 1184
The easiest way to get to Liege is driving, approx 2hr50 from Calais. Alternatively you can fly into Brussels which is 1hr away.
TBC but likely to be at Halles des Foires de Liège on Friday afternoon and before the start on Saturday (race pack collection is quick - 5/10 mins)
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 night breaks available - put your required dates in the date picker to see all available options.
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