While the Tour de France may be the household name, many of cycling’s true greats are made on the stony streets of northern Europe. Belgium and France’s cobbled classics are some of the oldest events in professional road cycling, and among the most revered races of the season. The arduous routes see the world’s finest athletes on two wheels straining to break away from the pack in a breathless, thigh-burning struggle to glorious victory.
Starting with the Omloop, the series of one-day events progresses into two of the most highly-regarded events in cycling – the Tour of Flanders (or De Ronde) and the iconic Paris-Roubaix. Here’s how to catch the best of the classics in person this year.
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Northern Ireland’s southernmost county of Fermanagh hides a paradise of endless meadows and peaceful forests. The star attraction in this scenic part of Northern Ireland is the island-dotted Lough Erne, which attracts plenty of fishermen and sports enthusiasts – no surprise given that the waterways are some of the quietest and least congested in Europe. With so many activities at your fingertips, check out exactly what’s on offer for an active escape in the Fermanagh Lakelands.
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Comfortably the most famous cycling race in the world, the Tour de France is a gruelling challenge for the sport’s greatest athletes across some of Europe’s most difficult mountain terrains. For cycling fans, there really is nothing like watching the peloton battle up a steep incline or zoom by during sprint stages. To help you soak up all of the atmosphere throughout, check out our practical Tour de France guide to get up to speed on this iconic race.
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Set amid some of the most astoundingly beautiful scenery in the world, the Tour de France is a sporting event unlike any other. The contrast of brutally steep climbs up mountain terrain and thrilling city sprints are the result of months of training for the world’s greatest cyclists, and breathtaking to watch for spectators. The 103rd Tour de France route will traverse a total distance of 3,519 kilometres across some remarkable locations – and includes stages in Switzerland, Spain and Andorra.
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24 of Europe’s best footballing nations come together this summer to compete in a thrilling football tournament. The 2016 edition takes place in France, and there will be a dedicated supporter area set up in each of the ten stadium cities to make sure those who didn’t get match tickets don’t miss out. We’ve put together a guide to France’s fan zones, so revel in the excitement of the matches and enjoy the party atmosphere.
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Europe’s biggest international football competition kicks off this summer in France, and supporters from all over the continent will travel over in hope of catching some of the excitement. However, not everyone’s interested in the beautiful game, so a quiet 90-minute adventure is the perfect way to escape the footie fever. The sun-drenched city of Nice will host four games throughout June, and we’ve come up with the perfect activities you can enjoy in peace until the final whistle blows.
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A fertile green area of sublime natural beauty that stretches from Belgium all the way into France and Luxembourg, the Ardennes are the jewel of the Wallonia province. This unspoilt forest in the southeast of Belgium is located just a few hours from the port of Zeebrugge or Calais, making it the perfect active escape for Brits. Boasting deep wooded canyons, running rivers full of fish, and medieval hilltop villages, this region is popular with hikers, bikers and adventurers. Check out our guide to the best things to do all year round in the stunning Belgian Ardennes.
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