"Paris Roubaix has been an absolutely awesome experience! Having actually raced the cobbles is just fantastic. Anybody can participate in the race, but you guys have made us feel like pros; no worries, eat, drink and ride!"
Paris Roubaix is one of the oldest and most gruelling races on the professional cycling calendar. First run in 1896, the tough route over a series of cobbled roads makes it a race for the true hardman.
Paris Roubaix Challenge Sportive 2020 will be the tenth running of the the Paris Roubaix Sportive event. As an Official Tour Operator we can not only guarantee your entry to the event, but also that you have a memorable weekend in the "Hell of the North".
You will experience 31.6km of Pavé within the 142km sportive route, with official Mavic service points. You will traverse legendary sectors such as Mons-en-Pevele and Carrefore de l'Arbre. The event is also fully timed from the start in Busigny just outside Saint-Quentin to the historic finish at the Roubaix Velodrome.
'Historically, "The Hell of the North" was not referring to the sheer pain and torment the cyclists of the Paris-Roubaix must endure to complete the 275km race. It was a newspaper caption describing the landscape when the race was resumed after WWI - charred forests, open sewers - a completely decimated and blackened horizon. Run your fingers through the topsoil in that region of Northern France and you are likely to find shrapnel and splintered bones. The race has been shaped by history." Nick Livesey, Film Maker
Route StatisticsLong Route
- 28 cobbled sections
- 54km of cobbles (31% of the entire course length)
- 18 cobbled sections
- 32.9km of cobbles (23% of the entire course length)
- 7 cobbled sections
- 9.5km of cobbles (13% of the entire course length)
See our blog article for some Roubaix inspitation
- Two nights bed and breakfast accommodation
- Evening meals and excellent local restaurants
- Transfers from transport hubs for you and your bike
- Supported warm-up rides with guide and following car
- Detailed route briefing and race strategy
- Complimentary sports nutrition
- Professional mechanical support
- Pro support at the Arenberg Forest during sportive
- Race entry included
- Best spots to watch the pro race
- La Fuga Welcome Pack
What's Not Included?
- Flights and transport to Lille Trainstation or Airport
- Travel insurance
- Drinks with evening meals
- Incidental expenses
- Tips / gratuities
- Bike hire available
Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.
Friday 10 April – ARRIVAL DAY
Arrival at Brussels Zavantem International airport or Lille Eurostar station. Our guides will meet you at the arrival gates and transfer you by minibus to our hotel. Our mechanics will assemble your bikes before we head out for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.
Saturday 11 April – Day 1 – RACE DAY
Race Day! Our hotel will serve an early hearty breakfast with generous helpings to fuel the legs for the day’s efforts. We will have a short journey to the event start in Saint-Quentin arriving with enough time to set bikes up and your guides will be on hand to pass on some last minute words of wisdom and escort you to the starting grid.
After a tough and hopefully enjoyable race, we’ll meet you at the finish in the Roubaix Velodrome with some cold drinks and congratulations. Afterwards we’ll hopefully gain access to the iconic concrete showers in the sports complex, the scene of many a classic photo. Once showered and changed we will then make the journey back to the hotel for celebrations and a well earned meal.
Sunday 12 April – Day 2 – PRO RACE & DEPARTURE
After having suffered over the pavé to Roubaix yesterday, today is your chance to see the top professional riders slog it out over the same sections of pavé. We’ll catch the start in Compiégne, giving you the chance to mingle with the riders and sample the pre-race atmosphere. From Compiégne, we’ll travel to the Forest of Arenberg – the most famous section of pavé. This is where the action really hots up as there is normally some excitement and controversy as crashes on this dangerous section are a real possibility.
As soon as the race has passed we’ll have the TV screens on in the minibus showing live action as we head to the last decisive section at the Carrefour de l’Arbre. We’ll watch the race thunder by and catch the finale into the Roubaix Velodrome on the TV screens set up by the roadside. After catching all the action we’ll make the short journey back to your chosen departure point.