All highlights of the season at a glance
It's officially spring. In some places in Europe, we were already able to enjoy this last weekend and took the first long, sunny bike rides. But we were not the only ones, because the professionals have already been on the road racing tracks for weeks.
With the San Remo race, the cycling season is officially open. We loyal fans have our hearts set on it, and to make sure that none of us misses any of the important races, we at buycycle have prepared this 2023 cycling calendar for you. The date, the importance of the event and the channels where you can follow it, of course, included.
Already there is some catching up to do, because it started at the beginning of March miiiiiit:
What. The eagerly awaited start of the season is the Strade Bianche race, which takes place annually as part of the UCI World Tour takes place every year. At the beginning of March, the pros whizzed over the iconic white gravel roads of Tuscany. This year's winner of the important Italian competition, which is one of the 5 classic one-day races, was Briton Thomas Pidcock. Dutch rider Demi Vollering won the Strade Bianche Femminile.
Where: Siena, Italy - Siena, Italy
Broadcasts: Highlights of the men's race can be found here and those of the women's race here.
What: The San Remo race, also affectionately known as the "Classicissima", is also one of the 5 monuments of cycling and has been held annually in Italy since 1907, traditionally on a Saturday at the end of March. With a distance of almost 300 km, it is the longest UCI one-day race and is one of the most difficult to win due to the varied and demanding route. This year, the cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel made it. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Raymond Poulidor, who won the 1961 Classicissima-trophy in 1961.
Where: Milan, Italy - San Remo, Italy
Broadcasts: Highlights of this year's race can be found here.
When: 20.03.2023 - 26.03.2023
What: The week-long stage race has been taking the world's best cyclists over 1194 kilometers from Sant Feliu de Guixols to Barcelona since 1911. The program includes three challenging climbs, but sprinters and puncheurs will also get a taste for the seven stages. The favorites this year are Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic, who also won the Giro d'Italia a few weeks later.
Where: Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain - Barcelona, Spain
Broadcasts: Highlights of the first stage can be found here, live broadcasts are scheduled on these TV channels. A live stream is also available online here.
What is it: The Tour of Flanders is both an internationally important cycling race and a Belgian folk festival - including fries, beer and music. Men and women take on the varied route, which is characterized by many small mountain climbs and winding cobblestone roads (so-called Hellinge). The distance to be covered is 273 km for the men and 158 km for the women, who cover 13 instead of 19 sections. The day before the official race, there will be a race for everyone on the key sections of the Ronde the key routes of the Ronde - so if you want to test yourself on the famous Hellingen the famous Hellingen, it's off to Bruges.
WhereBruges, Belgium - Oudenaarde, Belgium
Transfers: The Ronde can be followed live on television on Eurosport or on the Eurosport website and in the app.
What: Due to the many sections on cobblestones, this race is considered one of the most difficult cycling races of all. Also "L'Enfer du Nord" (the Hell of the North), it has sent many a race favorite to the hospital instead of across the finish line. Over 256km for the men and 145km for the women, the athletes conquer concrete, gravel, dust (or mud depending on the weather), a real torture for man and material. It is without doubt the most unpredictable classic race - which of course makes it even more exciting as a spectator...
Where: Compiègne, France - Roubaix, France
Broadcasts: The race will be televised live on Eurosport or you can watch it online here.
What: The Ardennes one-day race is the most demanding spring race in terms of topography. It covers 250km (140km for the women) from Liège via Bastogne and back again. What makes the route so special are the countless short, steep climbs - more than 4,200 meters in altitude have to be conquered, but the changeable weather conditions in April also pose a challenge. The race is a real veteran, it has been held since 1892 and is therefore nicknamed the "doyenne" (the oldest).
Where: Liège (Liège), Belgium - Liège, Belgium
Broadcasts: The race will be televised live on Eurosport or you can watch it online here.
When: 06.05.2023 - 28.05.2023
What: All roads lead to Rome. This also applies to one of the most important international road races, the Italian road cycling nation's answer to the French Tourthe notorious Giro d'Italia. The world's second most important cycling race brings together the best of the best and during its 21 stages no type of rider is left out. Over 3489km, individual time trials, sprint stages and mountain climbs are lined up against a breathtaking backdrop. If you would like to take part, you can once again take part in this year's Giro d'Italia Virtual and conquer the route from your home computer in the cycling simulator. The Giro d'Italia for women takes place from 30.06.2023 to 09.07.2023 and starts in Rome instead of finishing there like the men's race.
Where: Costa dei Trabocchi, Italy - Rome, Italy
Transfers: The Giro can be followed live on television on Eurosport or online in the live stream here.
When: 11.06.2023 - 18.06.2023
What: Many riders(.) use the biggest cycling race in Switzerland as their final preparation for the Tour de France (Femmes). The stage race has been taking place since 1933 and consists of several mountain stages and an individual time trial, taking the athletes through all parts of Switzerland over a total of 1300km.
Where: Einsiedeln, Switzerland - St. Gallen, Switzerland
Broadcasts: The Tour de Suisse is broadcast live on Eurosport and online here.
When: 01.07.2023 - 23.07.2023
What: The queen of cycling races, the most important date in the calendar of all fans is of course the Tour de France. This year, the race starts in Bilbao in the Spanish Basque Country and the very first stage is a special challenge with a dizzying 3300 meters of altitude. This year's route takes the athletes over the Puy de Dome (finally again!), the Col de la Loze and also over peaks such as the Grand Colombier in 21 stages. Highlights of the Tour will certainly be the first sprints before and after Bayonne, the return of the Puy de Dome as a stage section steeped in history and the individual time trial from Passy to Combloux. Finally, on June 23, the cycling heroes are traditionally expected on the Champs Elysées in Paris. On the same day, the women will also start for the Tour de France Femmes in Clermont-Ferrand.
Where: Bilbao, Spain - Paris, France
Transfers: The Tour will be broadcast live on television, the complete list of channels can be found on the official Tour de France website, where a live stream is also available online.
When: 05.08.2023 - 13.08.2023
What: The UCI-World Cycling Championships will take place this year in Glasgow, Scotland, bringing together 13 individual UCI events for the first time in the event's history. UCI-World Championships into one mega event. The best of the best from the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, indoor, trials, BMX freestyle, BMX racing, gran fondo and paracycling will be crowned - only the cyclocross competition will take place separately. This makes the eleven-day event the biggest in the history of cycling and offers spectators from all over the world non-stop cycling action.
Where: Glasgow, Scotland
Broadcasts: You can follow the action on TV on Eurosport and online on their website.
When: 26.08.2023 - 17.09.2023
What: The Vuelta is next to the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France the third and last Grand Tour. For the great cycling veterans it heralds the end of the season, for many young athletes it is the first three-week tour of their career and is used as an opportunity to get started, as there is less media coverage than in the other Grands Tours. In 2023, the 21 stages will cover 3153.8 km from Barcelona to Madrid, starting with a team time trial. It is a race for climbers, with a total of nine mountain finishes on the route. However, a bunch sprint is also likely despite the topographical challenges, so it should be particularly exciting in the low mountain stage.
Where: Barcelona, Spain - Madrid, Spain
Broadcasts: The complete list of TV stations broadcasting the race can be found on the official website of the Vueltawhere you can also find a live stream.
What: "Il Lombardia" is number five of the most important one-day bike races. Since 2014, the race has traditionally started in Como or Bergamo and the finals also take place there. Even if the route is a little surprise every year, the climb to the picturesque little church of Madonna del Ghisallo is an integral part of the Tour of Lombardy. As one of the last races of the season, it is also known as the race of the falling leaves. In 2023, the athletes will start and finish in Como.
Where: Como, Italy
Broadcasts: Il Lombardia can be seen on television on Eurosport. An online live stream has not yet been announced, but we will keep you up to date in this blog post.
We all have long, warm, sunny months ahead of us, in which there are no limits to our cycling fun. Whether you spur on the athletes from afar, are there live, maybe even take part in a Jederman race or take it easy on your usual favorite tours, the entire buycycle team wishes you a lot of fun.
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