Paris Roubaix is a one-day professional road race in northern France near the Belgian frontier.
From its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix (hence the name); since
1968 the start city has been Compiegne (about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-east from Paris whilst the
finish is still in Roubaix. Famous for rough terrain and cobblestones, it is one of the 'Monuments' or
Classics of the European calendar,
and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking. It has been called the Hell of the North, a
Sunday in Hell (also the title of a film about the 1976 edition of the race), the Queen of the Classics or
la Pascale: the Easter race.
The race is organised by the media group A.S.O. (Amaury Sport Organisation) annually in mid-April.
First run in 1896, Paris Roubaix is one of cycling's oldest races. It is well known for the many 'cobbled
sectors' over which it runs, being considered, along with the
Tour of Flanders and Gent–Wevelgem to be one of the cobbled classics.
Since 1977, the winner of Paris Roubaix has received a cobble stone as part of his prize. The terrain
has led to the development of specialised frames, wheels and
tyres. Punctures and other mechanical problems are common and have often played a part in the
Despite the high esteem with which the race is seen, some cyclists have claimed to regard it as a joke
because of its difficult conditions. The race has also seen several controversies, with seeming winners
of the race disqualified for various reasons.
The course is maintained by Les Amis de Paris Roubaix, a group of fans of the race formed in 1983.
The forcats du pave seek to keep the course as safe as possible for riders while maintaining its
As in 2016 Paris-Roubaix, had 27 cobbles sections in the race, three of them considered to be of
maximum difficulty. As well as the famous Trouee d'Arenberg, other difficult sections include the 3000
m Mons-en-Pevele (after 213 km) and the 2100 m Le Carrefour de l-Arbre (at 244 km).
We are offering 2 great packages to this marvelous event.
One night package with a stop-over in Saint Quentin which is ideally located for accessing the start of
the Paris Roubaix in Compiegne.
Three night package with a accommodation in Saint Quentin which is ideally located for accessing the
Paris Roubaix challenge and the start of the professional race in Compiegne and 1 night in Kortrijk.
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Three night Itinerary