Paris Roubaix 4 Night Coach Trip from UK07 Apr 2011 to 11 Apr 2011
BOOKING NOW CLOSED.
RIDE THE COBBLES
(Ride and Race Watch)
Thursday 7th to Monday 11th April 2011
Paris-Roubaix is one of the oldest cycle races of the professional road cycling calendar. First run in 1896, it was created by two Roubaix textile manufacturers, Théo Vienne and Maurice Perez, who were hoping the race would become a training for the then more famous Bordeaux-Paris. They suggested the idea to Paul Rousseau, director of sports newspaper Le Vélo and he was immediately convinced, sending his cycling editor Victor Breyer to research and scout the original route between Paris and Roubaix. The race has been contested every year since 1896, stopped only by the two World wars.
The first edition of the race was held in Easter, April 19, 1896, receiving the nickname of La Pascale(English: The Easter). A total of 188 competitors left Paris from Bois de Boulogne park for almost 300 kilometres to Roubaix. Josef Fischer, the winner of this first edition, received 1000 francs.
Today things are slightly different.
As of 2007 Paris-Roubaix, there are 28 cobbles sections included in the race, three of them considered to be of maximum difficulty. As well as the famous Trouée d’Arenberg, (which may be missed out in 2011), other difficult sections include the 3000 m Mons-en-Pévèle (after 213 km) and the 2100 m Le Carrefour de l’Arbre (at 244 km) — often decisive in the final kilometres of the race.
AND NOW THERE IS THE CHANCE TO RACE OVER THE COBBLES IN THE FIRST PARIS-ROUBAIX CHALLENGE, ORGANISED BY ASO
Thursday 7th April:
Our bike carrying coach will make collections at Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, London and service stations on the motorway networks used en route to Dover, for an afternoon sailing to Calais an evening arrival in Valenciennes for 4 nights accommodation on Bed and Breakfast at our centrally located hotels.
Friday 8th April
A chance to ride some of the cobbled sections and time for registration for tomorrow’s race from St. Quentin to Carrefour de L’Arbre before a neutralised stage to the velodrome and the opportunity for some excellent photos on the track.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO BRING A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE WITH YOU TO REGISTRATION, STATING THERE ARE NO KNOWN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THE EVENT
The Official medical certificate is available to download by clicking here.
You must present the completed form along with your passport at the registration village in order to receive your number to compete.
Sports Tours International can accept no responsibilty for failure to comply with this instruction, and no refunds will be given.
Saturday 9th April:
PARIS ROUBAIX CHALLENGE – revised format.
After an early breakfast we will make the short journey to St. Quentin to start the 132km race.
- Cycle touring ride of 138km, although roads will no longer be closed as originally planned and run more in the style of many other sportives on open roads. There will be many marshalls providing assistance and guidance along the route.
- Start: In Saint-Quentin city center along the Parc des Champs Elysées at 7.30 am, but for safety and comfort reasons at the first cobblestone section, there will be 10 start waves depending on the level indicated at the registration, with the last start wave crossing the start line around 8:30 am.
- Following the change of the event: the finish area will take place at Baisieux, near of the Carrefour de l’Arbre
15 cobblestones sections covering 28,8 km of cobblestones, including the mythical sections of Chemins des Prières and Mons en Pévèle.
- There will be 3 aid stations set up along the course (and the finish aid station at Baisieux), plus 3 technical assistance points by Mavic.
After the race we will assemble at the finish for the short transfer back to Valenciennes.
Sunday 10th April:
PRO RACE DAY
You will be taken to the start in Compiegne, after which using our expert knowledge of the race route you will see a number of pave sections (2011 route to be confirmed) and the finish on the Velodrome at Roubaix. After the finish you will return to Valenciennesfor a 4th nights stay.
Monday 11th April:
Return home, taking a midday sailing, arriving London 16.00hrs, Birmingham 19.00hrs, Manchester 21.00hrs, and
Leeds by 22.00hrs.
COST: £524.00 per person in a twin room, sharing
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £185
Deposit required at time of booking: £200
What is included
Coach transfer from several UK locations to/from Valenciennes, and alllocal transfers in France by luxury coach with trailer
4 nights B&B Three Star Hotel in central Valenciennes
Transfers to/from registration, and race start / finish
2 feed zones with mechanical support during the event
Services of experienced Sports Tours Reps
What is not included
Race Entry Fee £75
Drinks with meals
Hotel extras (telephone, drinks, laundry)
Bike Hire £75
BOOKING NOW CLOSED.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit as above, plus full payment of the race entry fee, which is non refundable. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
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