Five of the oldest, longest, toughest and most prestigious one-day professional road races in cycling are known under the heading of The Monuments.
For me, I find The Monuments almost as exciting as the Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana).
Each of the five races has its own special character, whether it be the savage length (291km for Milan San Remo last year in 2016), cobbles, the sharp climbs or the weather.
The dates for the 2017 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 18 March 2017.
Tour of Flanders. Also know as De Ronde or Ronde van Vlannnderen and takes place in Belgium on Sunday 2 April 2017.
Paris Roubaix. Also know as Hell of the North, Queen of Classics or La Pascale and takes place in France on Sunday 9 April 2017.
Liege Bastogne Liege. Also known as La Doyenne and takes place in Belgium on Sunday 23 April 2017.
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 7 October 2017.
Action packed and very entertaining, I will certainly be following them all.