Il Lombardia: October 12
This is one of the most attractive one-day races of the year. It’s the last of the five one-day race ‘monuments’ of the season. The others being the Milan-San Remo, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Il Lombardia is often ridden in challenging weather, which makes it worth watching from the comfort of the sofa. The course includes a lot of climbing, breathtaking descents and great Italian scenery. Because this race is important to the riders, it means this race often ensures an attractive winner. For example, recent years have seen Thibaut Pinot, Nibali, Esteban Chaves and Tony Martin climb to the top of the victor’s podium. This is a date you should already put in your diary as a day to stay at home and watch the race unfold.
Tour of Guangxi: October 15 – 20
The bike racing season is all but over once Il Lombardia has finished. There are, however, a couple races still on the UCI World Tour calendar but big names usually stay away. The first is held around the city of Guanxi and offers a few stages for sprinters and a couple for the climbers, which often go to the riders such as Tim Wellens and Bauke Mollema.
Tour of Turkey: October 22 – 27
The Tour of Turkey is the last big race of the year. In the past this race took place in the spring, but the calendar’s rather full at the beginning of the season, so it got moved to the end. The good thing about this race is that it’s often held in good weather, which gives the riders one last incentive to race ‘full-gas’ (meaning really hard/ fast). The less good thing about this race is that the riders are dying for a rest, and this race often has the feeling of being an obligation.
Already know which races you don’t want to miss? Set the dates in your dairy. Can’t choose yet? Copy the link to this story into the beginning of each month!