1. Because it demands the endurance of a wolf.
Unless you’re riding during Sunday’s professional event, riding the Ronde is a day affair. For me, cycling the whole 245-kilometer course was about 10 hours from start to finish. Just 90 minutes of that was rest, with everything else taking place on the saddle, my body absorbing every bump as I maintained one of the more unnatural positions in sports for the same amount of time normal people complain about sitting at their desk.