Paris Roubaix Challenge
07th to 10th April 2017 from £449.00 pp
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Tough Trip code - PRC

Ride and watch Paris Roubaix. The Queen stage of road cycling’s Spring Classics offers some of the most exciting racing in the season. We are pleased to offer an opportunity to join us in northern France to compete in the Paris Roubaix Challenge and ride either 70km, 153km or 170km of the famous pave of northern France. On the Sunday after the Paris Roubaix challenge ride we will find and get you to the best spots so you can watch the Professional riders in action tackling this classic parcours.

Are you up to the Hell of the North ?

  • 4 nights (Thursday – Monday) accommodation in centrally located 3 star hotel in Roubaix on a half board basis. The hotel benefits from a Sauna, Fitness Studio and Turkish / Steam baths bar and restaurant.
  • Transfers to and from Lille station
  • Transfer to watch the pros race on the famous cobbled sections on Sunday.

This is a fantastic tour for those looking to experience one of the toughest races in professional cycling and to witness some of the best riding on the planet.

  • Riding the famous sections of Pave
  • Fully supported ride on the day of the sportive
  • Watching the professional riders take on the cobbles
  • Experiencing the most famous and difficult one day road race classic

What people have said

“An amazing experience to compete on the same course and cobbles as the pro's. ”
R.Baker
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 7 April 2017 to 10 April 2017
Roubaix Challenge
£499.00

Optional Extras:

Jersey - £50.00 per person
Energy Packs - £15.00 per person
Bike Build - £80.00 per person
Single Supplement - £200.00 per person
Event Entry - £100.00 per person (You can choose from 1 of 3 distances 70km/ 153km or 170km)

What's included

  • 3 nights B&B accommodation
  • Evening Meal on Sunday
  • Nutrition for the Sportive
  • Support throughout the Sportive
  • Transfers over to the race on Sunday
  • Transfers to and from the sportive start and finish points

What's not included

  • Bike Hire (can be arranged)
  • Insurance
  • Meals and drinks outside of Breakfast
  • Travel to and from Lille station

Day 1: Arrive

Arrive in France. A private transfer can be arranged for those arriving at Lille station of nearby (please contact the office for more information).

Day 2: Sportive

Breakfast to be provided enroute to the start point that you wish to attempt. We will then provide support for all riders trying their hand at the famous cobbled classic. A transfer will be organised from the Velodrome in Roubaix to the hotel after the group has finished.

Day 3: Race Day

After breakfast we will transfer to the start town of Compiegne. Watch the riders sign in and get ready for the brutal race ahead. We will then move on to watch the race at the Arenburg Forest, one of the most famous scenes in cycling. As the riders make their way over the final 100 km of the course we too will transfer to the famous Roubaix cycling velodrome to experience the climax of this years Paris Roubaix. We will then make our way back to the hotel for a celebratory meal.

Day 4: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel departure is scheduled anytime before 11:00am. Private transfers can be arranged for Lille station and local airports if required (please contact the office for more information).

What people have said

“An amazing experience to compete on the same course and cobbles as the pro's. ”
R.Baker

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What people have said

“An amazing experience to compete on the same course and cobbles as the pro's. ”
R.Baker

Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What people have said

“An amazing experience to compete on the same course and cobbles as the pro's. ”
R.Baker
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