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Riding the Pavé (Cobbles) of Paris Roubaix

A typical section of cobbles on the Paris-Roubaix routeSports Tours International are the Cycling Classics experts and we are giving you the opportunity in 2015 to ride the Paris-Roubaix Challenge which is the cyclo-sportive version of the event on the Saturday, followed by watching the Pro race on the Sunday. All of this in one fantastic weekend travel package.

The ultimate challenge is to ride the 170k from Busigny to Roubaix, on the same course as the pros will do the day after. However, the routes of 141k and 70k will also leave you plenty of opportunity to get to know the tough cobblestone sections of the mythical Paris-Roubaix race.

The numbering of the varying cobble stone sections is identical to the numbering in the elite race. Some consecutive sections have the same number.

Some tips on riding cobbles:
Our Scott rental bikes are set up with new 25mm tyres and silicon under the handlebars and our mechanic will ensure the tyres have the right pressure.

Your equipment:

  • Use 25mm tyres or the fattest that your bike's clearance will allow. There are tyres on the market specifically designed for riding cobbles but they are quite pricey.
  • Make sure that you have spare tubes
  • It is advisable to have new tyres on your bike to avoid punctures
  • Do not use carbon wheels
  • Make sure that your water bottles are snug in their holders as they will bounce out otherwise
  • Run your tyres at a lower pressure to stop you from bouncing all over the place
  • Have the absolute minimum on your bike. Handlebar Go Pros will fly off your bike on the first cobbled section
  • Put some silicon under your bar tape. This can help with shock absorption. Your wrists are going to hurt!
How to ride:
  • Ride at a decent pace straight through the middle. On many sections there is a narrow strip of packed dirt that you can ride on
  • Ride in the gutter. If you ride quite fast, overtaking will mean that you have to ride in the gutter as everyone else is hogging the middle. It can be a good place to ride on some sections
  • Ride in a big gear if you can. When you spin in a high cadence, you end up bopping up and down in your saddle which is not useful as you will be bopping up and down enough with the cobbles
The 'Secteurs de Pave' of Paris-Roubaix:
The Paris-Roubaix one day Pro Race consists of various cobbled sections which are numbered and they also have names. Some of them are very well-known like the Forest of Arenberg.

Below you will find an overview of the various sections. Some of these also featured in the 2014 Tour de France where stage five forays into cobbled territory, which sees riders tackle nine sections of pave totalling 15.4km, including iconic names from Paris-Roubaix like the Carrefour de l’Arbre and finishing in Arenberg.
Note that the course can vary slightly from year to year; This information is based on that used in 2014.

SP28 Troisvilles à Inchy*** 2.2km long

SP27 Viesly à Quiévy*** 1.8km long

SP26 Quiévy à Saint-Python**** 3.7km long

SP25 Saint-Python** 1.5km long

SP24 Solesmes à Haussy** 800m long

SP23 Saulzoir à Verchain** 1.2km long

SP22 Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing*** 1.6km long

SP21 Quérénaing à Maing** 2.5km long

SP20 Maing à Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon*** 1.6km long

SP19 Haveluy à Wallers**** 2.5km long

SP18 Trouée d'Arenberg***** 2.4km long

SP17 Wallers à Hélesmes** 1.6km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

Wallers

SP16 Hornaing à Wandignies**** 3.7km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

Paris-Roubaix

SP15 Warlaing à Brillon*** 2.4km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

Warlaing a Brillon

SP14 Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières*** 2.4km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

Sars-et-Rosiers

SP13 Beuvry-la-forêt à Orchies** 1.4km long

SP12 Orchies** 1.7km long

SP11 Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée*** 2.6km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France. Fabian Cancellara attacked before the Mons-en-Pévèle sector and then solo-ed to the win.

Bersee

SP10 Mons-en-Pévèle*** 3km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

Mons-en-Pevele

SP9 Mérignies à Avelin** 700m long

SP8 Pont-Thibaut à Ennevelin*** 1.4km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

Pont Thibault

SP7 Templeuve - Moulin-de-Vertain** 500m long

SP6 Cysoing à Bourghelles*** 1.3km long

SP6 Bourghelles à Wannehain*** 1.1km long

SP5 Camphin-en-Pévèle**** 1.8km long

SP4 Carrefour de l'Arbre***** 2.1km long

Carrefour de larbre

SP3 Gruson** 1.1km long. Will also feature during Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

Gruson

SP2 Willems à Hem** 1.4km long

FINISH AT THE ROUBAIX VELODROME

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