Video: Riding the amateur Ronde van Vlaanderen

245 kilometers, steep cobbled climbs, and one heck of a good time

See what it takes to be called a “Flandarian”.

See what it takes to be called a “Flandarian”.

The Spring Classics, arguably the most exciting time of year on the professional road racing calendar. These are the races where legends are born and careers are broken. Paris-Roubaix, the Amstel Gold Race, and of course Belgium’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (aka the Tour of Flanders). Covering 245 kilometers and punctuated with cobbled climbs that reach a whopping 22% gradient, De Ronde is known to break the spirit of the men racing it and the bikes they ride.

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To see just how intense this race is, we follow along with American amateur Joe Baur as he rides the amateur version of the race, a daylong gran fondo held the day before the pros take the stage. Joe’s 12-minute video diary gives us a glimpse into the history of the race, as well as a unique view of the course and the country.

About the author: Jeff Titone

For as long as he remembers, contributor Jeff Titone has been riding bikes. The former National Champion triathlete has such a passion for cycling that he has dedicated his career to spreading the two-wheeled gospel. A cycling industry veteran of more than twelve years, Jeff has worked for such notable brands as Cannondale, Titus, and Blackburn. Whether grinding out the miles on his road bike, shredding the Arizona desert on his mountain bike, or cruising the greenbelt on his way to work, Jeff relishes every opportunity to be in the saddle. He also has a soft spot for vintage, lugged steel road bikes and bourbon.

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