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Paris Roubaix Challenge and Pro race 2015

10th to 13th April 2015

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

In April 2015, the Roubaix Challenge will take place the day before the 2015 Paris Roubaix Pro Race. We are offering you the chance to incorporate both riding the event plus watching the 2015 Paris Roubaix Pro race within our 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 also leave you plenty of opportunity to get to know the tough cobblestone sections of the mythical Paris-Roubaix race.

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-touristique event.

Planned itinerary for the 2015 event:

Friday 10th of April:
Our touring coaches equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags will make collections at:

East Coast coach:

West Coast coach:

We will sail early in the afternoon from Calais to Dover and we will get to Cambrai. On arrival your evening meal will be waiting for you and you will enjoy a good night's sleep at the Hotel Ibis Cambrai.

South Coast Coach:

We'll have an afternoon sailing to Calais, arriving in Saint-Quentin in the evening. We will have your numbers ready for you on arrival at the hotel. You will stay at the Ibis Saint-Quentin hotel.

Brussels airport:
We will run arrival  transfers from Brussels airport at on Friday the 10th of April at:
  • 13.00 departure from Brussels arrivals terminal
  • 18.00 departure from Brussels arrivals terminal

If you want to come and join us in Belgium without taking the coach from the UK, we will also be running transfers from the airport to our hotel in Saint-Quentin.  Please advise us of your flight details at the time of booking and we will come and collect you from Brussels airport.

St Quentin:
Ibis St Quentin:
We'll spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast at the centrally located Ibis Saint-Quentin hotel, with evening meal taken at a local restaurant.

Ibis Budget St Quentin:
There is also the option to book the Ibis Budget in the centre of St Quentin. This hotel is available on our South Wales / M4 coach or you will make your own way here or we can come to collect you from Brussels airport. Your stay here is in a single room on bed and breakfast basis. There are many Restaurants nearby.

Our East and West coaches will be staying at the Ibis in Cambrai

The Ibis Cambrai hotel and restaurant are a stone's throw from the city center and the museum, as well as Le Chateau Cambrésis with its Matisse museum, Caudry and its lace museum, Vaucelles Abbey and its orchid show, and the memorial at the Route de Solesmes military cemetery.  All rooms have free WIFI. The hotel has a bar, 24-hour snack service and free enclosed parking.

The Ibis Saint-Quentin is in the heart of a city famed for its art deco architecture, capital of Haute Picardie. It is ideally lodated for visitis to the Basillica, the paintings of Maurice Quentin de la Tour at the Antoine Lecuyer museum, the Henri Matisse museum, the craft village of Antan, and for strolls around the Marais d'Isle nature reserve. The hotel has free WIFI, web-corner and Rendez-Vous bar.

Saturday 11th of April - 2015 Paris Roubaix Challenge
Please note that we have been advised by the race organisers that a medical certificate is NOT required.

After an early breakfast, our coach will take you to the start of the 2015 Paris Roubaix Challenge which will be in Busigny this year for the 170km distance. Busigny is is about 30km from our hotels in Cambrai and Saint-Quentin.

The start is a fairly low key affair. We will get there and you can set off once you are ready. At the finish in the Roubaix Velodrome we'll be there for you with a sandwich and a drink.

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 hotels in Cambrai and Saint-Quentin so we are well located to see the race the day after.

On arrival back, we will have the evening meal if staying at the Ibis Cambrai or Ibis Basilique Saint-Quentin.

Sunday 12th of April - Pro Race
After breakfast we'll go to the start area in Compiegne to watch the start of the 2015 pro race, after which, using our expert knowledge of the race route, we'll guide you to a number of pave sections to view the pro race and finish at the Velodrome at Roubaix.

Provisional daily itinerary (note that unforeseen circumstances on the day may force us to change our plans)

  • Race start in Compiegne
  • Cobbled section at Inchy
  • Cobbled section at Sars et Rosieres or Trouee d'Arenberg
  • Finish at Roubaix Velodrome

As it may be hard to find a place for food during the day, you will have a packed lunch to bring along with you. Evening meal included this evening for those in the Cambria or the Ibis Basilique Sanit Quentin.

Monday 13th of April

We will leave after breakfast 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.

Why book with Sports Tours International?
Some Q&A that may help you decide.....
  • I am thinking of doing this event but driving direct to the hotel, would I be able to get my bike transferred back to the hotel from the finish after the event? Yes, we have our own vehicles/trailer, though you will need to make a booking through our website.
  • When I did the etape this year I noticed there were arrangements for bikes to go direct back to the UK from the finish, is this available for this trip? I am afraid this is not something we can offer for this trip, though you could travel on the coach rather than driver yourself and your bike will be with you.
  • Do you know if the hotels you use have parking for carson site? Yes, they do
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Prices: (Based on double occupancy of a twin room)

East and West coach:
Ibis Cambrai:
Based on sharing a room: £429
Single Room Supplement: £149

South coach:
Ibis Saint Quentin:
Based on sharing a room: £409 per person
Single Room Supplement: £149

Ibis Budget St Quentin:
Based on a single room: £428

Brussels arrival or making own way:
Ibis Saint Quentin:
Based on sharing a room: £389
Single Room Supplement: £149

Ibis Budget St Quentin:
Based on a single room: £379
Deposit Required: £100

Entry to the 2015 Paris Roubaix Challenge is £35 with the official event T shirt included

What's included:

  • Return executive coach transport to France
  • Bike transport
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • All in-resort transport for you and your bike
  • A choice of UK collection and drop off points
  • Ferry crossings
  • 3 nights on dinner, bed & breakfast at the Ibis Cambrai (East coach and West coach)
  • 3 nights on dinner, bed & breakfast at the Ibis Saint-Quentin (South and Brussels coach)
  • 3 nights on bed and breakfast at the Ibis Budget Saint-Quentin (South coach 2 and Brussels coach 2)
  • A sandwich and drink at the finish in the Roubaix velodrome
  • A packed lunch on the day of the Paris Roubaix Pro race
  • The services of our experienced Sports Tours guides and drivers.
What's not included:
  • Event entry into the 2015 Roubaix Challenge 70, 140 or 170km distances and event T shirt
  • Any meals not specified above
  • Travel insurance
  • Any hotel extras

Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

Click on the green button below.
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.

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Important Information:
If you are a British passport holder visas are not required to enter France and you may stay as a visitor for three months. For links to General Travel Information, click here. If you are not a British passport holder please refer to your own country's rules for entry into this destination. For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page.
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