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Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) Cycling Poster

The 1st of April, every year signifies that the cycling season is officially underway - with the Spring Classics running in full force. For us in California, we've been putting in base mileage with our cycling mates, and shedding those extra pounds that were put on during the holidays. It also means that the historic cobblestones, pavé, of northern France will be inviting those legendary riders to test their acrobatic skills - come rain or shine. Arguably, the Paris Roubaix seems to be the most notable in the Spring Classics. As for myself, I favor the Tour of Flanders. It too has the romance, if you can call it that, of the roughly cobbled raceway - with the added torture of steep hill climbs. Really steep. Add the historical elements of place, rider, traditions and the screaming fans. It's a great way to get the season underway. This year as a special project in the studio, we are putting together a series of cycling posters that celebrate some of the famous races and climbs of European cycling. We've limited the number of posters that will be available - and they will be signed and numbered. This first release is the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Tour of Flander, Le Ronde - which is held in Belgium every spring. [caption id="attachment_513" align="alignnone" width="452" caption="LeRonde on the press"]LeRonde on the press[/caption] The race began in 1913 - and this year will be its 96th edition through the cobbled hills of Belgium. Of the 17 climbs this year will be several that we've grown to love: Molenberg at 17%, Taaienberg at 18% and my favorite, Koppenberg at 22-25% grade. We have a local climb here in Laguna Beach, Nyes Place at 20%. It's a challenge for many. But to have a 22%+ grade WITH cobbles, at race pace...yes, that's a whole new level. Cheers to the legends!

[caption id="attachment_514" align="alignnone" width="452" caption="18" x 24" silk screened print"]18" x 24" silk screened print[/caption]

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