L’enfer du Nord Wicklow

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Garmin Routes now here;

Short Route;

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14807686

Long Route;

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/17894704

On Sunday next – April 14th  , we host the 5th edition of this fun but challenging club event.

This year the “L’ enfer du Nord Wicklow” takes in some interesting lanes and is a great challenge on both the short and longer route.
We leave the Grove Bar in one group with two distances to cover…splitting after Kilcoole…
Again this year the event is held in memory of our dear friend Denis and we invite members to make this an all club and guest event.  Bring your cycling mates to enjoy the great scenery and to remember a great cyclist who always loved this event.
All entry fees will go directly to Pieta House.    

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 Details:
 
Sorrento Cycling Club’s Roubaix Ride…Sunday 14th April…three groups from 9am ..depends on your stamina levels…55kms & 82kms plus the MTB route(approx. 30kms)….maps are loaded for both Garmin and a printable route sheet….on the club website next week…
Two nice routes with a few sharp hills of short duration in really fantastic scenic landscapes….Complimentary food during and following your ride…in the Grove(soup and sandwiches) included in your entry fee(€10).
We will continue past the Cummins family home in Kilcoole in solidarity as one group on the way out to Newcastle…the group will then split on the different distances…
We are also running a sweep on the real event in France on the day on the 25 pro teams taking place….each entry will receive a random five riders from the field…All entry fees will go to our nominated charity Pieta House
Watch the Paris Roubaix final hour on your return…A unique day!
Please text Patrick 087 2408632 to be included.
Garmin Routes will be here next week;
And now a bit of history in case you don’t know…
Hell of the North

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.[1]

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.[2] Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize.[3]

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.

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