Road Race Gravel & Pave Preview 2018

Off-Piste Cycling (this page was updated on June 30)
Listed below are races that I look forward to on the road race calendar of which some are well known and others not so much.

What all have in common is a touch of the ‘Roubaixesque’ about them, each event features non-tarmac sections and for me this offers races that cannot be called routine. There are kilometres of dirt tracks, pave, green roads, gravel and farm tracks in addition to tarmac – 2018 Results Here

Maybe the best race of all in 2017 was the finish of Dwars door het Hageland – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhSxwEt0tTg&t=12s

From the past is a stage of the Giro d’Italia in 2010 held on the ‘White Roads’ in a mud-fest – Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkjSLKuqmmg

The 2018 Giro d’Italia features the dirt road ascent of the Colle delle Finestre on Stage 19, May 25. The climb comes 70kms from the finish and the gravel section to the summit is 8kms long.

I note that the Tour de France is also up for a little pave and gravel – Stage  9 of the 2018 Tour de France Arras to Roubaix will feature over 20 kilometres of Roubaix pave on 15 July. (http://www.letour.fr/en/stage-9)

After a rest day Stage 10 Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand, the race tackles the unpaved gravel ascent of the Plateau des Glières. (http://www.letour.fr/en/stage-10)

I’m not sure about Stage 17 on July 25 as the final gravel climb maybe given a hard tarmac surface by race day.

The picture above is from Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc on the climb of the  Plateau des Glières to be raced during the Tour de France on July 17 (info below).

Dengie Tour – the Hell of the East and dust hanged heavy in 2011

Race dates 2018
My list of races with lots of links to websites, past year video and 2018 results when the event has been held.

Many have live streaming via the internet and when possible we will preview each race at ‘Off-Piste Cycling/Fahrrad‘.

– Tar and Gravel – January 28http://gravelandtar.com – 2018 Results/Video
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1m0CdBQvmo

– Le Samyn – February 27http://www.lesamyn.be/  – 2018 Results/Video
The mini Paris Roubaix with men’s and women’s race the same day.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPXzVSBbf3Q
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcNPVwaTPc8
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwz8ZKvRgOA
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egO9UfHwGII

– Strade Bianchii – March 3http://www.strade-bianche.it/en/ – 2018 Results/Video
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HyxhvIYZQM
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6eebGra4hk
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPomEbKDpQk
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTFsu22fG4I

– Gent Wevelgem – March 25http://www.gent-wevelgem.be/ – 2018 Results/Video
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-BfYTst7G4&t=18s
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLcTcMud3Pg&t=2s

– Paris Roubaix – April 8http://www.paris-roubaix.fr/us/ – 2018 Results/Video
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTp__vtNwJo
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzpx_qY_ZqI

– Tro Bro Léon – April 15https://www.trobroleon.com/ – 2018 Results/Video
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0vDisdXpqk
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G05RytK-QeU&t=26s

– GP Herning – April 21 2018http://gpherning.dk/  – 2018 Results Here
The route includes fifteen sets of gravel tracks held in Jutland.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=vKZkgX-YTKo
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fibwYV8hq8w
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SldiQbW413c

– Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic – April 22 – http://cicleclassic.co.uk/2018 Results/Video
Video – https://youtu.be/qFfzR9lwcrY
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Hn6CIPUVc
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuYSJWxhK1Q
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY_vWAcqHYQ

– GP Himmerland Rundt 2018 – April 28http://www.gphimmerlandrundt.dk/index.php/da/  – 2018 Results/Video
Ten dirt roads to be traversed in Jutland, Denmark.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H1PmP1elL0
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KYfuFtJBDI

– Tour of Battenkill – April 28http://tourofthebattenkill.com/
Not an UCI ranked race, it used to be but not now.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4LlUjuuK98&t=53s

– Giro d’Italia – May 25 – Stage 19http://www.giroditalia.it/eng/stage/stage-19-2018/  – 2018 Results/Video
The climb of the Colle delle Finestre comes 70 kilometres before the stage finish but the last eight kilometres of this infamous climb is on gravel. It is also the Cima Coppi highlighting that it is the highest point of the Giro.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1VhH_66ClM
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHJBb2nqyNg
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfCS5E7oVfs

– 3rd Women’s CiCLE Classic – June 3 – http://www.cicleclassic.co.uk/  – 2018 Results/Video
The 3rd Women’s edition of the popular International CiCLE Classic and a round of the HSBC British Championship Series. Held over the same dirt tracks as the men in April.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew-CZeXvfik
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLzzqRWThbM

– Dwars Door Het Hageland  – June 15http://www.dwarsdoorhethageland.be/  – 2018 Results/Video
Final K’s – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhSxwEt0tTg&t=12s
Full race – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYaEoHiXTAM

– Tour de France – July 15 – Stage  920 kilometres of Roubaix pave
20 kilometres of Roubaix pave (see also Paris Roubaix elsewhere on this page).
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCQ_K1GMLPs
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GXL8hVXmeY
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0ewL8iuQG8

You can also take a look at Paris Roubaix Rad Rennen – Media Wars.

– Tour de France – July 17 – Stage  10Gravel ascent of the Plateau des Glières.
The ascent of the Plateau des Glières featured on stage 5 of Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc and comes mid-stage on this first mountain stage of the Tour.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EO7mN1QMoo (annoying music)
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sC8Nlwnyro
Video: https://www.facebook.com/tourdesavoiemontblanc/…

– Tour de France – July 25 – Stage  17A gravel finish?
The final gravel climb is to be given a hard tarmac surface by race day and so it might have to be dropped from this listing..

– Slag om Norg- August 11http://slagomnorg.nl/
Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plNCRVAzdKY
Part One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gzs_DqvqrM
Part Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qHvAUq-uJs
Part Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7JeYnzId0

– Scaal Sels Merksem – September 2http://www.schaalsels.be/
Full Race  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M-H4StjEys
Dusty tracks 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qJHz-GqKzk
Dusty tracks 2  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wzTPaP3us4
Final/Results – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smspa3WglhU&t=18s

‘Roubaixesque’ – https://veloklubhaus.com/2018/03/15/roubaixesque-london-gravel-reiten/

More Pictures here – https://www.facebook.com/cyclesport.london/posts/1786677938304146

Billy Joe Whenman winner in 2008 leads the 2009  race

Giro d’Italia