2023 Paris Roubaix Weekend – Cycle Sportive
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.
PopularAT A GLANCE
- 4 Days
- Intermediate to Experienced
- 3 Dinners
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Navigational Guidance
TBC – Brussels, Belgium, April 1, 2023
TBC – Brussels, Belgium, April 1, 2023
Group Size: 15 guests – 3 staff
Rides: Sealed roads, some bikeways and Cobble Stones
Challenge Rating: Some small hills – Cobble Stones
Accommodation: 3 to 4 star hotels, twin share, optional single supplement when booking
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.
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is all actually about the bike! Our epic and challenge ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles.
Buffet breakfast every day, 2 dinners and 1 lunch
- 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 3 star apartment (Gent)
- Buffet breakfast daily.
- 3 course evening meals on 2 nights.
- Lunch on 1 day.
- Mechanical assistance with your bike.
- Sightseeing as listed.
- Bikestyle Tours Itinerary.
- Bikestyle Tours Cycling Jersey & Bibs
- Entry to Tour of Flanders
Why we Love this Tour
- A true cycling enthusiast must make the pilgrimage to the Ronde once in their life!
- 2 days of cycling including the bone-jarring but must do, Tour of Flanders cycle sportive event
- 3 days in beautiful Gent
- Experience Belgian hospitality and share their passion for all things cycling
Price: AUD $TBC (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $TBC
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.
Hosted by local Belgian and former professional cyclist, Eric de Clercq
Share the local roads of Eric de Clercq, the Tour of Flanders typically passes his front door. He can certainly claim home ground advantage. He came very close one year almost being the sole survivor in the breakaway.
Eric’s career of 11 years saw him win 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium. Eric rode for:
- La William-Duvel from 1991-1993
- Collstrop from 1994-2002
You will find Eric a wonderful host as he shares his experiences with professional cycling teams. From racing, to sports director, professional soigneur to hosting team VIP’s during race-day. You will learn an incredible insight into the Spring Classics races, as well as meet some of the riders and managers.
Most of all, Eric is a great guide who cares for your experience and he is a pleasure to spend time with on and off the bike.
Paris Roubaix Weekend Itinerary - 2023 Dates TBC
Welcome to Paris Roubaix
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.
To complete your day we will visit the Menin Gate to watch the last post.
Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif
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 the same cobblestones and the finish on the Vélodrome… Does it get any better? The Paris-Roubaix Cyclo Sportif offers a ride to the heart of the legendary history of cycling. We will offer 2 distances 145km and 70km (TBC), regardless of what route you choose, you will finish on the track of the fabled Roubaix Velodrome. There will be refreshments and you can take a shower in the very same place where the winners of the pro race (from Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault to Tom Boonen) wrote some of the most beautiful chapters in their careers.
We will have an early breakfast and head down to Roubaix around 7.00 am to the start and all going well we will be on the bike by 8.00 am. You can start any time you like before 10.00 am and sometimes it’s good to start a bit later to avoid the rush at the start. This concept is unique and an exceptional challenge. It won’t be easy but if you take it steadily and stay safe you’ll see the velodrome soon enough.
Sportif entry is included. Merchandising not included.
Race Day Paris – Roubaix
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. Australia’s our own Stuart O’Grady 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 the 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. A 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, we’re 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. We will see the crowning of a new champion after a long day and enjoy our final night together with a farewell dinner.
A Bientot from Belgium
Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. We hope have enjoyed the Spring Classics experience and challenged yourself on some of the toughest 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.
Why Book with Bikestyle Tours?
A COVID-Safe plan
- All staff and guests must complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to the start of the trip
- Bikestyle Tours complies with the QLD COVID Safe Industry Plan (Tourism and Accommodation, Bike Tours); such as controls for social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, vehicle transport.
Bookings are risk-free and guarantee you a spot!
Our covid-19 period booking system is a risk-free way to reserve your place. That means during the declared pandemic you are eligible to reschedule your trip or receive a full refund if due to travel restrictions enforced by Australian government jurisdictions you are unable to arrive at the designated start location on the date specified.
Are Trips Guaranteed Departures?
We make every effort to guarantee departures to give you peace of mind that once you’ve booked your trip – you’re going! We do not cancel trips due to insufficient numbers leaving you stranded.