Roubaix 2013 One Night trip
6th to 7th April 2013
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.
The first edition of the race was held in Easter, April 19, 1896, receiving the nickname of La Pascale(English: The Easter). A total of 188 competitors left Paris from Bois de Boulogne park for almost 300 kilometres to Roubaix. Josef Fischer, the winner of this first edition, received 1000 francs.
As of 2007 Paris-Roubaix, there are 28 cobbles sections included in the race, three of them considered to be of maximum difficulty. As well as the famous Trouée d'Arenberg, other difficult sections include the 3000 m Mons-en-Pévèle (after 213 km) and the 2100 m Le Carrefour de l’Arbre (at 244 km) — often decisive in the final kilometres of the race.
This one-night package features a stop-over in Compiegne.
Saturday the 6th of April:
Our executive coach will make collections at:
Leeds Queens Hotel (City Square)
Manchester Victoria train station
Knutsford services (M6 southbound)
Keele services (M6)
Norton Canes (M6 toll)
Birmingham interrnational train station (NEC)
Watford Gap services (M1 southbound)
London Redbridge tube station (on central line), Please note that drop off will be London Victoria train station (central London)
Dover eastern docks (ferry terminal)
We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact us for more details)
We will sail in the afternoon from Calais to Dover and we will get to the Paris - Roubaix start town of Compiegne in the evening.
Evening arrival in the start town of Compiegne. 1 night accomodation on Half Board basis at the Hotel Campanile in Compiegne.
Sunday 7th April (Pro Race Day):
After breakfast we'll go to the start area, after which, using our expert knowledge of the race route, we'll guide you to a number of pave sections and finish at the Velodrome at Roubaix.
Estimated sailing time from Calais is 21.30 to Dover.
Approximate drop off times - London 2330 / Birmingham 0230 / Manchester 0500 / Leeds 0600.
The cost is £175 for the one night trip
Single Room Supplement - £35
A deposit of £75 is required.
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit 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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