Liege Bastogne Liege

Liege - 21st April 2018

Rolling Hills

Terrain

Rolling

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

8,000

About Liege Bastogne Liege

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.

Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

The 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 273km

(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. A mix of short, steep climbs and longer climbs not experienced in the other Spring Classics

DISTANCE  273 Km       ELEVATION  5287 M.

Medium Route 153km

A really good option taking in 7 out of 8 big climbs on this sportive with a challenging 2,700m of climbing. A mix of classic short steep climbs and longer climbs not experienced in the other Spring Classics.

DISTANCE  153 Km       ELEVATION  2705 M.

Short Route 75km

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  75 Km       ELEVATION  1184 M.

Where to Stay

Liege

While there are some nice villages south of Liege, our preference is to stay in the city itself due to convenience for the sportive and a wide range of good restaurants and bars. Being in Liege also gives you options for the Sunday to catch the race in various places.

 

FAQs

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Liege is driving, approx 2hr50 from Calais. Alternatively you can fly into Brussels which is 1hr away.

Documents Required

Sportive receipt and personal ID (passport or drivers license)

What to Pack

The weather in this part of Belgium is very changeable, just last year the pro race was ridden in snow but in previous years it has been sunny and hot. Be prepared for all eventualities. Some of the climbs are very steep with plenty of sectors above 10% so you will want all the gears you have.

Registration

TBC but likely to be at Halles des Foires de Li├Ęge on Friday afternoon and before the start on Saturday (race pack collection is quick - 5/10 mins)

Start & Finish

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.

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