Garmin Routes now here;
On Sunday next – April 14th , we host the 5th edition of this fun but challenging club event.
This year we are adding an MTB route for those of you who ride on the dark side…baggy shorts will be de rigeur for a few in this group…
The Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional bicycle road race in northern France, starting north of Paris and finishing on the Belgian frontier. It is one of cycling’s oldest races, and is one of the ‘Monuments‘ or classics of the European calendar, and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking.
The 2016 edition is scheduled for April 8, 2017.
The Paris–Roubaix is famous for rough terrain and cobblestones, or pavé (setts),[n 1] being, with the Tour of Flanders, E3 Harelbeke and Gent–Wevelgem, one of the cobbled classics. It has been called the Hell of the North, a Sunday in Hell (also the title of a film about the 1976 race), the Queen of the Classics or la Pascale: the Easter race. Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize.
The terrain has led to the development of specialised frames, wheels and tyres. Punctures and other mechanical problems are common and often influence the result. Despite the esteem of the race, some cyclists dismiss it because of its difficult conditions. The race has also seen several controversies, with winners disqualified.
From its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix; in 1966 the start moved to Chantilly; and since 1977 it has started in Compiègne, about 85 kilometres (53 mi) north-east of the centre of Paris. The finish is still in Roubaix. The race is organised by the media group Amaury Sport Organisation annually in mid-April.
The course is maintained by Les Amis de Paris–Roubaix, a group of fans of the race formed in 1983. The forçats du pavé seek to keep the course safe for riders while maintaining its difficulty.