I'd agree with wheeledwidewebb about the challenge of climbing Redoute as I think the maximum gradient is 22%!! I have been looking into this as well and when registration begins and have been looking at http://www.urbantoalps.com which has a section on riders looking into the 2015 event. Registrations opened last year on 15 November for LBL which took place on 26 April 2014.
Just thought I would let you know that I have seen a tweet in the last hour from urbantoalps.com that the organisers have confirmed that Liege-Bastogne-Liege sportive will take place on Saturday 25 April 2015 and registrations will open on Friday 12 December.
epo.wks mkII wrote:
My club is thinking of giving this a crack - small group type thing. Which is nice.
It was pretty damn wet and then dry and then very wet ......... ending up in a nice sunny balmy evening drinking Belgian beer at the finish.
Bloody brilliant event though, very understated but well organised. Most of it was really very beautiful and even the last bits through the urban decay had it's own charm. Not a flat bit on the whole ride and the climbs start long and sweeping and end in brutal short steep snorters.
Weird though so few cars on the roads, every shop closed, but virtually everyone drove like idiots. Must have seen a dozen near misses. Including a bus deliberately pulling out into the middle of a peloton. The poor Portuguese guy who was in the peloton had to miraculously bunny hop a whole traffic island to stay alive.
I'd recommend it to anyone. Just remember to eat like a pig for the first 100km and stick it in the small front ring as often as you possibly can to keep the legs in shape for the final 75km.