The story behind this spring classic -
Tour of Flanders : Ronde van Vlaanderen : Le Ronde
Europe is steeped in cycling history, and the spring cobblestone classics typify the beginning of the cycling season. The most famous of these being:
1. Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
cobbles + steep climbs
2. Paris Roubaix (France-Belguim)
Both are one-day races that cover roughly 140 miles - much of which are on historic, cobbled roads. Personally, I think that Le Ronde, with it’s multiple climbs at 12% to 24% grades makes it the more challenging of the two. But that’s debatable.
For both races, cold spring temps + possiblilty of rain + slick cobbles, make for a NASCAR-like event with some scary crashes. Cyclist refer to these races as ‘bone-shakers.’
I designed this poster to celebrate some of the steepest climbs that typically occur in this race - using the international symbol for mountain grades. The race typically starts in Brugge and finishes in Oudenaarde - with most of the courses climbing occuring in the last 58-miles.
Le Ronde will be celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year, 1913 representing the first race. I wanted to show the most famous point in the course, where massive crowds cheer on the riders at they approach the Muur van Geraardsbergen.