2011 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Route Map (April 24)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the last of the Belgian classics series, and one of the 5 monuments of Europe’s cycling calendar. It is also one of the toughest one-day races in the year, with non-stop steep, long climbs throughout the 255 km route. It seems to favor a different type of rider than Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders, simply because of all the hills to get up an over – more a race for a GC contender type, I think.

We’ll see if my theory is right this Sunday!

Check Cycling Fans for internet coverage, if you don’t have anything local.

Reading material? Try the excellent The Spring Classics: Cycling’s Greatest One-day Races for a great overview of the early-season one-day races.

4 thoughts on “2011 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Route Map (April 24)

  1. Bastogne has a special place in my heart and it has nothing to do with cycling. In WWII, the 101st Airborne Division held the city during the Battle of the Bulge and was encircled by the Germans for several weeks in bitterly cold conditions. In the 1990s, I served for four years in 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, nicknamed the “Bastogne Brigade.” It was (and still is) a great unit.

    Here’s hoping the race is half as great as the men who defended that city!

    • A few years ago I cycled through Bastogne and there are plenty of signs left over from the war. Actually, as you know better than me I’m sure, the whole area where the northern Classics run has seen an inordinate amount of death and destruction, particularly from the two World Wars, but going back much farther than that.

      It’s odd to say, but combining a cycling trip and battleground visit in France or Belgium is a ‘great’ holiday. The area around the D-day beaches, for example, is really nice countryside and plenty of good riding.

      If Band of Brothers comes close to reality, those guys were hard, hard men, to survive in those conditions.

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