RIDE THE “ROUBAIX CHALLENGE” IN 2019!
Make your plans to join us in April 2019 for a pilgrimage to the battlefields of the "Hell of the North" at cycling's most prized one-day event, Paris Roubaix! With the help of our friends at ASO in Paris, we have created the ultimate cycling vacation to the "Queen of the Classics" that will see you ride the famed cobbles for yourself at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge one day before enjoying VIP access on Sunday's main event with the world's leading professional cyclists. Along the way, you'll feel the presence of the sport's greatest Classics riders such as Roger de Vlaeminck, Tom Boonen, Eddy Merckx, Sean Kelly, Francesco Moser, and Fabian Cancellara as you ride such famed stretches of the "pave'" at the Wallers-Arenberg Forest and Camphin-les-Peveles before finishing in the famed Roubaix Velodrome!
Along with all of the memorable experiences in France, we are also going to visit the Tour of Flanders Museum in Oudenaarde, Belgium, as well as ride portions of the “Ronde,” or the Tour of Flanders! Thus, you will get to experience portions of the sports two greatest cobbled Classics on back-to-back days! Epic!!
In addition to the unforgettable cycling and VIP race viewing, you'll enjoy relaxing in the Hotel Clarance, Lille’s top luxury hotel, where you'll enjoy the warm hospitality and comfortable atmosphere as you soak up the energy of the Classics while being taken care of by our international, bi-lingual staff! Reserve your space today for an unforgettable ride through history at Paris-Roubaix where we guarantee you'll create a new legend to call your own!
Dates: April 11-15, 2019
Length: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: $3,599.00 pp in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $799.00
Meeting Point: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport or Lille Train Station
Drop-Off Point: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport or Lille Train Station
April 11: Welcome to France! / Afternoon Spin.
Following our meeting at our Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport hotel at 10:00 am, we'll transfer to the city of Lille and the Hotel Clarance, a member of Relais & Chateaux. If you arriving into the Lille Train Station, then we will meet you there at 1 pm. Following check-in for the next four nights, assemble your bikes with the assistance of our professional mechanics before enjoying a ride through the hallowed fields of northern France to loosen up. This evening, we'll enjoy a festive "Welcome Meeting and Dinner."
April 12: Tour of Flanders Museum Visit / “Best of Flanders” Ride.
This morning, following breakfast, we’ll transfer into nearby Belgium where we’ll pay a visit to the Tour of Flanders Museum in Oudenaarde! For lovers of cycling and the Classics, this is a “must-do!” After our visit, we’ll change into our cycling gear and ride portions of the official race route of the Tour of Flanders such as the Koppenberg and the Olde Kwaremont before returning back to Oudenaarde for a hot shower, lunch, and beers at our favorite establishment. Afterwards, we’ll return to Lille via Roubaix and prepare for tomorrow’s ride through “Hell” with a group dinner.
April 13: Paris-Roubaix Challenge!
Today is your opportunity to be a part of history as you ride the famed cobbles of the “Hell of the North” at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge! Following an early breakfast, we’ll transfer to Roubaix where you can choose to ride either the 72 km (43.2 miles) or 145 km (87 miles) course. You can look forward to riding such famed stretches of cobbles as the Wallers-Arenberg Forest and Carrefour de l’Arbre before crossing the finish line in the Roubaix Velodrome! Afterwards, celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow riders before returning to Lille for dinner where we’ll enjoy dinner together in a hand-picked bistro!
April 14: Paris-Roubaix Professional Race with VIP credentials!
Welcome to the “Hell of the North!” Today you will get to witness the “Queen of the Classics” up-close as we chase the race around the fields of northern France before proceeding to the Roubaix Velodrome where we’ll enjoy VIP seating! This evening, we’ll celebrate the day’s victor and your time at Paris-Roubaix with a festive “Farewell Dinner.”
April 15 - Transfer Day.
After breakfast, we’ll organize transfers to the Lille Train Station before returning to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Estimated time of arrival into Paris Charles de Gaulle is 12 noon.
Guaranteed entry to the Paris-Roubaix Challenge.
Four nights at the luxurious Hotel Clarance in Lille. They are a member of Relais and Chateaux.
VIP arrangements for Paris-Roubaix.
Tour of Flanders Museum Visit.
Riding portions of the Tour of Flanders route in Belgium.
All breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners.
Experienced, bi-lingual staff.
Professional mechanical assistance.
Daily routes, guide and van support.
Registration assistance at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge.
Pre-Tour Info Packet to assist with your trip preparations.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare to France or Europe.
Transportation or transfers to the “Meeting Point” in Paris.
Lodging before or after the trip.
Alcohol. There are some meals where some alcohol is included. Anything in addition to this will be your responsibility.
Personal souvenirs and incidentals.
Optional activities not covered in our trip that you decide to do on your own during the trip.
Paris-Roubaix Challenge Merchandise (save space in your suitcase!)
Gratuities for Velo Echappe’ Staff.
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding this trip via the form below. If you would like to reserve space, then please go to our Reservation Page. Thanks!