Yes, I love cycling. I have spent more hours than I care to think about following the Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana). However, if you don’t have that desire to dedidcate 3 weeks at a time to followership, then you could do worse than just spend 5 days following the oldest, longest, toughest and most prestigious one-day professional road races in cycling. These are known as The Monuments. (Five days versus 63 day sounds much more palatable).
Each of the five races has its own special character, whether it be the savage length, the sharp climbs or the weather (Europe in early spring or late autumn).
The dates for the 2018 editions of the Monuments are as follows:
Milan San Remo. Also know as La Primavera or The Sprinters’ Classic and takes place in Italy on Saturday 17 March 2018.
Tour of Flanders. Also know as De Ronde or Ronde van Vlannnderen and takes place in Belgium on Sunday 1 April 2018.
Paris Roubaix. Also know as Hell of the North, Queen of Classics or La Pascale and takes place in France on Sunday 8 April 2018.
Liege Bastogne Liege. Also known as La Doyenne and takes place in Belgium on Sunday 22 April 2018.
Il Lombardia. Also know as Giro di Lombardia or Race of the Falling Leaves (as it takes place in autumn rather than spring like the rest of the Monuments). It takes place in Italy on Saturday 13 October 2018.
Action packed and very entertaining, I will certainly be following them all.