During the classics season I’ll be doing some pieces for cyclingnews.com. I’m a regular reader of their site and did something similar last summer for the Tour de France. My first piece this year is about the classics and they way their format changes to suit the times.
We might think of classics as ancient races and the history is important and crucial. But the best classics are equally modern too. Scrap the Kapelmuur for the Tour of Flanders? Find new sections of pavé for Paris-Roubaix? Move the start and finish around? In some ways all these things are normal for the classics, these races have survived from the newspaper era into the age of TV and I suspect they’ll find better ways to incorporate the internet and social media soon too.
You can read the full piece at: http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/inner-ring/the-ever-evolving-classics