I don’t know what it is about Belgian Race organizers, but I love those guys. Routes? The longer the better, please. The climbs? The steeper the better please, and as many as possible (which is very many). Cobbles? As many as possible, please. Cobbled climbs? The steeper, the longer the better. And as many of possible.
Oh, and lets do all that while its still winter, so we can be sure the weather sucks.
Not only that, but they’ve been staging women’s editions of these events for ever. Het Volk is on it’s ninth edition of the Women’s race. Women’s Ronde has done 11 editions, and La Fleche has done 17. That’s a lot more than the number of Women’s Paris-Roubaix’s, which has zero.
The VSP won’t start officially until Milano Sanremo, but we can’t resist doing an unofficial event for mock points and the chance to win a V-Mussette, handmade by Gianni himself. Points don’t go towards the 2015 VSP, but they do go towards bragging rights and may serve as a bit of foreshadowing on who to look out for this year.
Meditate on the start list, get your picks in by the time the countdown timer goes to zero (5am Pacific) and pray for some rain.
Good luck, let the season begin!