The Paris-Roubaix Challenge for amateurs

Paris Roubaix Challeng, official website

The Paris-Roubaix Challenge is your chance to test yourself on the same cobbles ridden by the pros during the famous Spring Classic. Photo: Paris-Roubaix Challenge

The Paris-Roubaix Challenge is an amateur race that rides the pro route before France's famous one-day cobbled classic (sometimes the day or sometimes the weekend before the main event, depending on how the dates fall).

There are usually three different routes to choose from – the full pro course and two shorter versions. All usually  feature cobble stone sections.

The Paris-Roubaix Challenge website is excellent, carrying (in English, French and Dutch) information about all three routes, including registration details and links, start/finish info, rules, entry fees, and much more.

If you need bike hire, you should arrange this ahead of time, though a small number of rental bikes are available on the day via the organisers. See our Paris-Roubaix bike hire page. See here for a reader Q&A on tour companies running supported Paris-Roubaix rides.

The Roubaix tourism office has links to accommodation, restaurants and other services. Browse also our Where to stay accommodation section.

See cycling Paris-Roubaix and this one on surviving the Paris-Roubaix. 

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