I love love love these races, but as time is critical today, I'm going to point you to other people's previews.
Saturday 24th April - Omloop van Borsele
Borsele is one of my favourite races on the calendar. We're in Zeeland, so it's totally flat, so it's all down to the crazy coastal winds to make it hard. And damn, it's hard! 5 loops of the course that's been utterly dominated by the Dutchwomen. Marianne Vos won 2005-7 - then Kirsten Wild won for the next four years, until last year Ellen van Dijk stole the crown.
But it's not just the sprint race! Last night was an ITT, and the first stage of a Junior girls' 3 stage race. I've said this before, but any race that offers junior girls the chance to race on the same roads as the elite women, and get to compete against international talent - that's a race I'm always going to love! Nicky Zijlaard won the first stage ITT ahead of Lotte Kopecky and Cecilie Ludvig (full results here) - although for the last few years, this race has been won by Brits.... Laura Trott, Hannah Barnes and Elinor Barker.
There's a live ticker to follow the action from the junior and elite races, and a race twitter - and they usually have great photos and video on the fantastic race website. There's also races for the junior and u23 men - I LOVE THIS RACE!
Here are the previews - by Gracie Elvin on the ORICA-AIS website; with stats including prize money and profiles, and streetviews, from Velofocus; and a narrative preview from Cyclopunk on Les Déesses de la Route.
Sunday 25th April - Dwars door de Westhoek
Usually the Sunday race is the GP Stad Roeselare.... but it's been cancelled. So Westhoek has moved from it's usual June slot to fill the gap. There are loops within loops, and a 140m climb - where the descent is the trickiest part - but again, this one's for the sprinters.
Over in the USA, it's a huge festival of cycling, with a road stage race and as much MTB as you can wish for - short-track, downhill, cross country, dual slalom, mountain cross, short track, trials and jump contest - and apparently an atmosphere to die for. The XC race will give us the first chance to see how Marianne Vos shapes up against the XC World Champion, Catharine Pendrel. Vos is the first to admit she has a lot to learn about MTB, but last night was the short-track, and here's a video of what happened...
As you can tell, this has been the minimalist report - but i know you can add a lot more information to the comments - and check back there for all the results! Racing, it's glorious!