This is the first Belgian race and while considered a semi-classic, it runs up many of the same climbs as the Tour of Flanders held later in the season.
It was first run in 1945 and since then there have been only non-Belgian winners. Peter Van Petegem has won it 3 times, Eddie Merckx won it twice. Last year, Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux) won after attacking the break and finally getting away with 7 km to go.
As it looks like the Reign of Ice and Cold will not end before this weekend- Chicago's forecast calls for a high of 30 and snow, I will be on the trainer... but at least I'll get to watch live racing.
53 days since riding outside