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Sportive Date 27th April 2019
Nights Available 2 to 4 Nights
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Tour Overview

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.

Rolling Hills

Terrain

Rolling

Belgium

Country

Belgium

Hard

Difficulty

Hard

Riders

Riders

8,000

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride the last monument of Spring

    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.

  • Watch the Pro Race

    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.

Itinerary

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.

Why Book With Us

  • Range of bike friendly hotels in Liege with secure bike storage & early breakfast
  • Guaranteed sportive entry

Itinerary

Saturday 27th April

Sportive Day! 7am start from Liege for all riders - a long day in the saddle if you are taking on the long route.

Sunday 28th April

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.

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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.

Choose the Route

Ride Distance: 273

Elevation gain: 5287

(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

Ride Distance: 153

Elevation gain: 2705

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.

Ride Distance: 75

Elevation gain: 1184

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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, in 2018 it was ridden in scorching heat, in 2017 there was snow! 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 Liège 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.

Travel Packages

Popular Packages

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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    Mark, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "Sportive Breaks' attention to detail and communication are spot on! Will be back next year. "

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