Paris-Roubaix Cycle Sportive

Hell of the North
— Ride the Cobbles —

Paris-Roubaix Date 10th to 13th April 2020

Ride on cobbles in the Paris-Roubaix cycle sportive before watching the Hell of the North live.
See all the famous sights of Northern France, immerse you in its culture and ride along its famous roads.

Paris-Roubaix Cycle Sportive Trip Details

Highlights
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
  • If you are a true Cycling Enthusiast then you make the pilgrimage once in your life!
  • This trip will show you around all the famous sights of Northern France, immerse you in its culture and take you along its famous roads. You will see Paris Roubaix.
  • There’s also 2 days of cycling including the bone-jarring but must do, the new Paris Roubaix Cyclo Sportif including the Arenberg Forest and the Roubaix Velodrome.
  • 2 nights in beautiful Ieper in the centre of the Flanders Battlefields.
  • Included will be a visit to Brugge and the last post at the Menin Gates.
Details

Dates: April 10, 2020 to April 13, 2020 
Start: Brussels, Belgium
Finish: Brussels, Belgium

Group Size: 15 guests – 3 staff
Price:
 $2990AUD
Single Supplement: $300AUD

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.

Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.

Rides
RIDE RATINGS

Our trips allow you to choose a suitable ride each day. Alternative ride options are available on most days. We use a consistent ride rating to help you choose your ride. We rate each ride on various factors; distance, total climbing, intensity and altitude. The table below is a guide to our ride rating system.

Unfortunately, we can’t forecast the weather when designing our rides, but your trip leader will advise you on any precautions. 

DistanceSHORT: less than 30km
MEDIUM: between 30km and 80km (depending on the total climbing).
LONG: more than 80 km
AscentTotal climbing (ascending) for the day, anything over 2000m is a big day
IntensitySome rides may have time constraints. Our rides vary from EASY, MODERATE to HARD.
AltitudeSome of our rides may go into alpine areas where thinner air affects your intake of oxygen.
Suitability
Spectators and Off the Bike

Racing fans are always welcome!

Social Riding and Leisure

We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! We understand that you don't normally ride everyday at home. Our ride routes cherry-pick the best areas.

Some training will always enhance your experience!

Experienced Riders

Your cycling holiday is all actually about the bike! Our epic and challenge ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles.

Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • All Transport.
  • Services of experienced Tour Guides, including former Belgian pro cyclist, Eric de Clercq.
  • Return transfers from Zaventem Airport on Friday and Monday
  • Accommodation in a quality 3 star Hotel (Ieper) and 4 star hotel in Zaventem.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 3 course evening meals on 3 nights.
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike.
  • Sightseeing as listed.
  • Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
  • Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey and bibs.
  • Entry to Paris Roubaix Cyclosportif event.
Bike Hire

Note: All bike hire costs include 2 water bottles for you to keep. We also provide a saddle bag with a spare tube, pump, tyre-levers and multi-tool. The pump and saddle bag with its contents must be returned with the hire bike at the end of hire.

AT A GLANCE

TWIN SHARE
  • 4 Days
  • 3 Dinners
  • Paris Roubaix
  • Luxury Transport
  • High Staff Ratio
  • Intermediate to Experienced
  • 3 & 4 Star Hotels

Ride with the hard men, including former professional Eric de Clercq

Eric had 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium having raced the big Classics such as Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix.

His career spanned 11 years from 1991 to 2002:

  • La William-Duvel from 1991-1993
  • Collstrop from 1994-2002.

Since retiring he has continued his work in the professional cycling industry. First as a director sportif for a Women’s professional cycling team. He has now been a cycling guide with Bikestyle Tours for many years.

Our guests enjoy his insight into the Spring Classics. Speaking three languages, you will find Eric to be a very capable guide and great guy to socialise with after a ride. He also continues to work with professional teams as a team soigneur and looking after their VIP guests during race-days.

Former Professional Eric de Clercq winning a stage
Eric de Clercq winning a stage at Tour of Britain

Paris Roubaix Weekend Itinerary

  • Welcome to Roubaix
  • Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif
  • Experience Paris - Roubaix
  • A Bientot

Welcome to Paris Roubaix

Friday, 10 April 2020
Ieper, Belgium
Welcome Dinner

Dive into Ieper’s medieval past in the town centre and pay a visit to the Cloth Hall on one of the most beautiful market squares of Belgium or go for a walk around the 17th Century Vauban ramparts.

Warm up tour de france guests

Today we collect you from Zaventem airport in Brussels or Lille TGV Station and take you to our home for the next 2 nights in Ieper or Ypres as it is also known. Lille is a short one hour from Paris or Charles de Gaulle airport. We recommend a mid-morning arrival.

The first job will be to assemble your bike and Bikestyle staff will be on hand if you have mechanical problems or need any other assistance. The rest of the day is yours.

Depending on your arrival time there should be time for a shakedown ride. It will be possible to do a ride for those who have come in the morning.

To complete your day we will visit the Menin Gate to watch the last post.

Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif

Saturday, 13 April 2019
Ieper, Belgium
Breakfast, Dinner

Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif gives every cyclist the opportunity to experience the magic of Paris-Roubaix! The Paris-Roubaix Challenge is conducted under the same conditions with the same cobblestones and the finish on the Vélodrome… Does it get any better?

We have an amazing plan ahead,  you will have the opportunity to ride the same route as the pros the day before the race. Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif gives every cyclist the opportunity to experience the magic of Paris-Roubaix! Just a day before the real Paris-Roubaix, the Paris-Roubaix Challenge is conducted under the same conditions with …

Experience Paris – Roubaix

Sunday, 12 April 2020
Ieper, Belgium
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

There is no other race in the world like the Paris-Roubaix. The French race is known for its torturous pavé sectors and the many stories of pain and destruction that they hold.

This morning we will head off to Paris Roubaix, the Hell of the North or l’enfer du nord as the French say.

Australia's Mat Hayman has won this icon and dreams of riders like George Hincapie and Johan Museeuw have ended in tears along the roadside, but the risks make the victory in velodrome that much sweeter. After 260 kilometres and around 50 of pavé, the race ends with one and a half laps on Roubaix’s outdoor track.

Win in Roubaix, the third of cycling’s five Monuments, and you are considered a god. Riders like Roger De Vlaeminck, Fausto Coppi, Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Sean Kelly and Tom Boonen have tamed Paris-Roubaix’s pavé for the well-earned status.

After a hard day on the bike yesterday we take it easy this morning. We already have seen two starts this week, Flanders and the Scheldeprijs. After breakfast were going to the first cobblestone section of the day. Through the afternoon we will visit several sections of pavé along the route where we’ll see up close the difficult conditions that take their toll on the riders as the day wears on.

Farewell from Roubaix

Monday, 13 April 2020
N/A
Breakfast

Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. We hope have enjoyed the Paris Roubaix experience and challenged yourself on some of the toughest cobbled roads in Europe.

Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. We hope have enjoyed the Paris Roubaix experience and challenged yourself on some of the toughest cobbled roads in Europe. Most of all we hope you’ve created new friendships and great memories. The trip ends and we head our separate ways but we hope to see you again soon. We will have a bus available to shuttle people to the airport during the day.

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