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Paris Roubaix Challenge and Pro race 2018

6th to 9th April 2018

What an exciting event the 2017 Paris Roubaix was!!. Fast and furious, incredible speed and a win by one of the pre-race favourites, Greg van Avermaet.
The 2018 Paris-Roubaix Challenge in April 2018 gives you the opportunity to ride nearly the full route including all of the cobbles of one of the oldest and most significant of cycling events, the day before the Pro race. As in 2017 the 2018 Roubaix Challenge event will be held the day before the Paris Roubaix Pro Race. Sports tours international offers guaranteed entry to this enormously popular, mythical race.

Event Details:
Roubaix is a legendary cycling race and part of the UCI world tour. During this weekend trip, you can ride the Roubaix Challenge on Saturday before watching the pros on the Sunday. The event is being held on April the 7th in 2018 which is the day before the pros race over the cobbles. The event will cover a good proportion of the 2018 Paris Roubaix pro race route and cover many sections of the famous cobbles before finishing at the Roubaix Velodrome. The ultimate challenge is to ride the 172km from Busigny to Roubaix, on the same course as the pros will the day after. However, the routes of 145km and 70km will also leave you plenty of opportunity to get to know the tough cobblestone sections of the legendary Paris-Roubaix race.

About the hotels:
(See below for prices)

★★★ Ibis Hotel Cambrai:
The Ibis de Cambrai hotel and its restaurant are a stone’s throw from the city centre 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 of the hotel’s 52 rooms have free WIFI.

Your stay here will include breakfast and evening meals.

★★ Tabl’Hotel Cambrai:
With a charming and modern atmosphere, the Tabl’Hotel is situated some 5 minutes from the city centre of Cambrai, and 7 minutes from the Railway Station, so it is ideally placed for your visit to Cambrai.

Inspirational Head Chef Jonathan Leignel in the L’Aquarelle Restaurant produces traditional specialities using local in season produce.

The rooms are decorated in a variety of styles, and all rooms have free WiFi and a flat screen TV.

Your stay here will include breakfast and evening meals.

★★★★ Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hotel:
Situated in the very heart of Roubaix, a 15 minute drive from Lille itself, the Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hôtel is an Art Deco style building with archetypal mouldings, columns and glass work. This stylish and charming hotel is just 500m from the TGV station and just a few metres from the Metro station. All of the rooms have a contemporary feel, exuding well-being and tranquillity. After a long day, come and relax in the sauna.

Your stay here will include breakfast.

Planned itinerary for the 2018 event:

Friday 6th of April 2018:

Our coaches will be staying at the Ibis in Cambrai. Our touring coaches are equipped with a box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags, our predicted collection schedule:

East Coast coach – Staying at Ibis Cambrai:

We will take a ferry early in the afternoon from Calais to Dover. On arrival at Cambrai your evening meal will be waiting for you and you will enjoy a good night’s sleep at the Ibis.

West Coach coach – Ibis Cambrai:

We will take a ferry 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 – Ibis Cambrai:

We’ll catch an afternoon ferry to Calais, arriving in Cambrai in the evening. We will have your numbers ready for you on arrival at the hotel. You will stay at the Hotel Ibis Cambrai.

Brussels airport arrival and self-arrival to hotel:
We’ll spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast at the centrally located Mercure Roubaix Lille Grand Hotel. If you decide to come and join us by flying to Brussels airport, we will run an arrival transfers from Brussels airport on Friday the 7th of April at 11.00. Please advise us of your flight details at the time of booking or as soon as you have booked your flight and we will come and collect you from Brussels airport at 11.00.

Lille Eurostar:
There is an excellent connection from the UK to Lille via Eurostar. We provide a shuttle service to and from the hotel Mercure in Roubaix on arrival and departure days (Friday and Monday only, between the hours of 0900 and 1900).

Saturday 7th of April – 2018 Paris Roubaix Challenge:
After an early breakfast, our coach will take you to the start of the 2018 Paris Roubaix Challenge which will be in Busigny this year for the 172km distance. Busigny is about 30km from our hotels in Cambrai and about 1h30mins from Roubaix. 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.

The 145km and 70km distances will start from the Roubaix Velodrome so if you are staying at the Mercure In Roubaix, you can simply ride to the start and back from the finish. These start between 0700 and 1000 and 0700 and 1200 respectively.

Start and finish locations per distance:

  • 172km – Start in Busigny and finish at Velodrome Roubaix
  • 70 and 145km – Start and finish at Velodrome in Roubaix

After everybody has finished, we will take you back to the hotels in Cambrai so we are well located to see the race the day after. Those staying in Roubaix can ride back to the hotel.

Sunday 8th of April – 2018 Paris-Roubaix Pro Race:
After breakfast we’ll go to the start area in Compiegne to watch the start of the 2018 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
  • 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.

Monday 9th of April:
We will leave after breakfast and travel to Calais for the 12.30pm ferry to Dover. We’ll arrive in London at 15.00, Birmingham at 18.00, Manchester/Sheffield 20.00 and Leeds by 21.00.

If you are making onward travel arrangements, please be aware that the above times are subject to change and may alter due to circumstances on the day.

For all those travelling back from Brussels, we will run one transfer only at 08:00 so please book flights after 12:00.

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East Coach – staying at Hotel Ibis Cambrai:
£439 per person based on sharing a twin room on half board basis
£99 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

West Coach – staying at Hotel Ibis Cambrai:
£439 per person based on sharing a twin room on half board basis
£99 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

South Coach – staying at Hotel Ibis Cambrai:
£439 per person based on sharing a twin room on half board basis
£99 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

Fly in and out of Brussels International Airport (not Charleroi/ Brussels South) – Staying at Hotel Mercure Roubaix:
£509 per person based on sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis
£249 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

Lille Eurostar or arriving by car – Staying at Hotel Mercure Roubaix:
£459 per person based on sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis
£249 supplement per person for the sole occupancy of a room

What’s Included:

  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More info
  • A selection of collection points throughout the UK (UK coaches)
  • Coach transport for you and your bike and ferry crossings (UK coaches)
  • Arrival airport transfer at 11.00 on Friday from BRU airport and to connect with flights after 12.00 on Monday (Brussels International, not Charleroi)
  • Transfers from Lille Eurostar train station for arrivals (Friday) and departures (Monday) between the hours of 0900 and 1900 (9am and 7pm).(Mercure Lille Roubaix)
  • The services of our experienced coach driver, guide and the team in Cambrai and Roubaix
  • Entry pack waiting for you on arrival in Cambrai and Roubaix (only if purchased through us)
  • 3 nights on half board basis in your chosen hotel in Cambrai or Roubaix
  • Transport for you and your bike to and from the Sportive start and finish
  • A drink and sandwich at the finish in Roubaix after the Sportive for all riders
  • A packed lunch on Pro Race day
  • Return transport to watch the Pro race on Sunday
  • Viewing at the start in Compiegne, one or two cobbled sections plus in the Velodrome at the finish in Roubaix

Available at additional cost:

  • Roubaix Challenge Cyclo-Sportive entry, all distances accommodated
  • Bike rental – £129 (Carbon 105), £189 (Carbon Ultegra) – More information
  • Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page

Entry Prices....

172km – Starts from Busigny – £50:

  • 1hr transfer from either Cambrai or Roubaix on Saturday morning
  • 1hr transfer back to Cambrai after the finish
  • 2 mile ride back to the Mercure Roubaix after the finish

145km – Starts and finishes at Velodrome Roubaix – £35:

  • 1hr30mins transfer from Cambrai on Saturday morning
  • 2 mile ride from the Mercure Roubaix after the finish

70km – Starts from Roubaix – £25:

  • 1hr30mins from Cambrai on Saturday morning
  • riders staying at Mercure in Roubaix can ride from hotel to the start and finish

Entries include:

  • Timing chip
  • Frame plate
  • Timing and video-recording linked to your race number
  • Track trace function so that the people at home do not miss your performance
  • Plenty of provisions at every checkpoint, including sports drinks, fruit and snacks
  • Technical service
  • An itinerary
  • Medical service, at every checkpoint and at the finish

Optional Extras:

  • Cobble – £20
  • T Shirt – £15
  • Water Bottle – £6
  • Official 2018 Paris-Roubaix Challenge Jersey – £45
  • Official 2018 Paris-Roubaix Challenge Bib Shorts – £59
  • Official 2018 Paris-Roubaix Challenge arm warmers – £59
  • Official 2018 Paris-Roubaix Challenge gloves – £22

For those who would like to view the pro race but who do not want to ride the Roubaix challenge we also offer weekend 1 night stays for the Pro race – click here.

Bookings open soon.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Please look here for our full booking conditions

Important Information:

Medical certificate:
A medical certificate is not required for this event

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options.
A single room or if 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.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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