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Paris Roubaix Challenge and Pro race 2014

11th to 14th April 2014

Travel packages to the 2014 Paris Roubaix pro race are now ON SALE. Our trip in 2013 sold out in record time. You can ride the course the day before the Pros tackle it by entering the Roubaix Challenge on 13 April 2014.

The 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 event 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.

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

In April 2014, the Roubaix Challenge will take place the day before the 2014 Paris Roubaix Pro Race. We are offering you the chance to incorporate both riding the event plus watching the 2014 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.
Click here for information on the cobbled sectors of Paris - Roubaix and for tips on riding the pavé.

Free entry with our travel package to the 2014 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-touristique event.

Planned itinerary for the 2014 event:

Friday 11th of April:
Our touring coaches equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags will make collections at:

East Coast:

  • Leeds Queens Hotel (City Square)
  • Sheffield
  • Leicester
  • Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound)
  • M1 Junction 14
  • London (Double tree by Hilton Hotel, 2 Bridge Place Near Victoria Train Station)
  • Dover; Eastern Docks (Ferry Terminal)

West Coast:

  • Manchester Victoria Train Station
  • Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound)
  • Keele Services (M6)
  • Norton Canes (M6 Toll)
  • Birmingham International Train Station (N.E.C.)
  • Oxford M40 services
  • 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 Cambrai in the evening. We will have your numbers ready for you on arrival at the hotel.

We'll spend 3 nights at the on dinner, bed and breakfast. The hotel is very well located in Cambrai.

The Ibis de Cambrai hotel and its restaurant are a stone's throw from the city center and the museum, as well as Le Cateau 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.

All bookings made from 16 October 2013 for the East coast collections will stay at the Hotel Campanile in Cambrai which is located within walking distance from the Ibis.

Saturday the 12th of April - 2014 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 2014 Paris Roubaix Challenge which will be in Busigny this year for the 170km distance which is about 30km from our hotel in Cambrai.

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 hotel in Cambrai so we are well located to see the race the day after.
On arrival back to the hotel, we will have the evening meal

Sunday 13th of April - Paris Roubaix Pro Race
After breakfast we'll go to the start area in Compiegne to watch the start of the 2014 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.
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 at the hotel.

Monday 14th 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.

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Price: £419.00 (Based on double occupancy of a twin room)
Single Room Supplement:
£179.00 (Based on the single occupancy of a double or twin room)
Deposit Required:
£100

Entry to the 2014 Paris Roubaix Challenge: FREE with a travel package.
( Normal price is €25 for the 170km distance).

What's included:

  • Event entry
  • 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 or Campanile Cambrai
  • 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:

  • Any meals not specified above
  • Travel insurance
  • Any hotel extras

 

HOW TO BOOK:
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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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