There's something so unique about the Spring Classics that differentiate them from other races across the cycling calendar and all other sporting events for that matter. A combination of epic terrain designed for only the toughest of cyclists to excel on, and truly incredible atmosphere as the world's most passionate cycling fans congregate to create something truly special. For the avid cycling fan, experiencing the Classics is an absolute must and until you're there on the sidelines living and breathing every bit of their epic-ness, it's hard to describe just how incredible they are.

We recently asked experienced Classics professional, Luke Durbridge to share his thoughts on why the Classics are so special from a riders perspective. Luke is about to enter his 12th year as a professional for Team Jayco AIUla and has been a keen Classics goer for many of his seasons as a pro picking up some great success along the way...

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"To be a spectator at the Classics is like having the AFL Grand Final on for a week straight. Pretty much from Tour of Flanders to Paris-Roubaix, through to E3, Gent Wevelgem, you name It – the Belgian’s just love it. They start having a beer at 8 in the morning, fritz (chips) in hand and it’s just a big party all day long.  

The Classics are a real showcase of hard cycling and the fans embrace every bit of it. The weather can be terrible, but no one really cares. Everyone just rugs up, they’re out there, they’re cheering. It doesn't matter if you’re Belgian, you’re French, or you’re Australian - everyone’s into it. 

One of my favourite climbs in the Tour of Flanders is the Kwaremont. Spectators get to see the riders multiple times and by the third lap there’s this whiff of beer, chips and hot dogs and everyone’s screaming at the top of their lungs. It’s such an adrenaline rush for me racing up that climb and it always seems like the fans are having the best time. 

There’s also the Gran Fondo’s that take place the day before where everyone can ride the same course that we race on, so you can really get a feel for just how hard the cobbled climbs are while challenging yourself at the same time. 

For me, I actually really look forward to the moment I retire and I can return to the Classics, get a Belgian beer, sit on the side of the road and watch others suffering up those climbs! 

All in all, the Classics are a really special time and a must experience for cycling enthusiasts."

- Luke Durbridge

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If you're interested in experiencing the Classics and every bit of their madness LIVE in 2024, there are still places available on our Signature Cobbled Classics experience with Stuart O'Grady. Secure your spot on tour here.



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