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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.
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:
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
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:
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.
Sunday 13th of April - Paris Roubaix Pro Race
Monday 14th of April:
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