In the early part of 2017 are the collection of races known as the spring classics. These races all have lots of character and tradition and for the most part take place in Belgium (with the odd exceptions in Italy and the Netherlands). A lot feature the brutal addition of cobblestones, some are on regular roads, one takes place on white gravel roads and all of them have some brutal hills involved. I shall be making the trip to Belgium to see E3 Harelbeke and take part in the sportive for it too, so that race is marked in my calendar. Listed are all the other main races that make up the Spring classics period.