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.

[vimeo width="610" height="343"]https://vimeo.com/100271294[/vimeo]See what it takes to ride the Tour of Flanders, one of the world's most demanding one-day races.

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.