Paris Roubaix Challenge and Pro race 2013

04 Apr 2013 to 08 Apr 2013

Bring your bike and ride the cobbles for the Paris Roubaix Challenge before watching the Pros!

As this year the 2013 Roubaix Pro Race will be held the day after the Roubaix Challenge event, we are offering you the chance to incorporate both riding the event plus watching the Pro race within our long weekend travel package.

The ultimate challenge is to ride the 170k from Busigny to Roubaix on the same course as the pros the day after. However the routes of the 70 and 140k will aslo leave you plenty of opportunity to get to know the tough cobblestone sections of the mythical Paris-Roubaix race.

Free entry with our travel package to the 2013 Paris Roubaix Challenge

Sports Tours International has many years of experience in operating cycling trips to this part of France, so join the experts on the cobbles and enjoy this wonderful cyclo sportive.


Your travel itinerary

Thursday 4th of April:

Our touring coaches equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags will make collections at:

*  Leeds Queens Hotel (City Square)

* Manchester Victoria Train Station

* Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound)

* Keele Services (M6)

* Norton Canes (M6 Toll)

* Birmingham International Train Station (N.E.C.)

* Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)

* London (Double tree by Hilton Hotel, 2 Bridge Place Near Victoria Train Station)

* Dover;Eastern Docks (Ferry Terminal)

We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact for more details).

We'll have an afternoon sailing to Calais, arriving in St Quentin in the evening.

We'll spend 4 nights at the Hotel Ibis in St Quentin on bed and breakfast. The hotel is very well located in the centre of St Quentin so there are plenty of dining options near by. 

Please note that we offer a Half Board option at a nearby restaurant for the duration of the trip.

Friday 5th of April

After breakfast, you'll be taken to the registration for the Paris Roubaix Challenge. After this, you'll have some time to take a short ride and make sure your bike is in full working order to the event on Saturday.

Please note that we have been advised by the race organisers that a medical certifictae is NOT required.

Saturday the 6th of April - Paris Roubaix Challenge

After an early breakfast, our bike carrying coach will take you to the start of the Paris Roubaix Challenge which will be in Busigny this year for the 170km distance which is about 30km from our hotel in St Quentin. At the end, we'll be there for you at the finish in the Velodrome in Roubaix.

We will go to Busigny first as the start for the 170k event will be between 0700 and 0800. After this the coach will go up to Roubaix to drop off those who are doing the 140km and 70km distances. These start between 0700 and 1000 and 0700 and 1200 respectively.

Start and finish locations per distance:

* 170km - Start in Busigny and finish at Velodroime Roubaix

* 70 and 140km - Start near Velodrome in Roubaix and finish at the Velodrome

After everybody has finished, we will take you back to the hotel in St Quentin so we are well located to see the race the day after.

Sunday 7th of April

After breakfast we'll go to the start area in Compiegne, after which, using our expert knowledge of the race route, we'll guide you to a number of pave sections and finish at the Velodrome at Roubaix.

Monday 8th of April

We leave St Quentin and travel to Calais for the 12.30pm sailing to Dover. We'll arrive in London at 15.00, Birmingham at 18.00, Manchester/Sheffield 20.00 and Leeds by 21.00.

What's included:

*  Event entry (Available as a bookable extra)

*  Return executive coach transport to St Quentin, France

*  Bike transport and storage at the hotel

*  All in-resort transport for you and your bike

*  A choice of UK collection and drop off points.

*  Ferry crossings.

*  4 nights on bed & breakfast at the Ibis St Quentin.

*  The services of our experienced Sports Tours guides and drivers.

What's not included:

* Evening meals and lunches

* Travel insurance

* Any hotel extras


Price: £329 (Based on double occupancy of a twin room)

Single Room Supplement: £100 ( Based on the single occupancy of a double or twin room)

Half Board option: 4 evening meals with 3 courses without drinks at nearby restaurant: £60 per person.

Deposit Required: £100

Entry to Paris Roubaix Challenge: FREE with a travel package. Normal price is €25 for the 170km distance


Click on the green button at the top of the page.

At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit of £100 per person. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.


Visas are not required to enter France. You need a passport to enter France.  As a British passport holder may stay as a visitor for three months. For links to important websites, click here.

For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page.

There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

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