Grapes at Domaine Leduc-Frouin

ripening grapes in the Loire

ripening grapes in the Loire

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Paris Roubaix Cycle Race

parisroubaix081.gifThe annual one day Paris-Roubaix cycle race takes place on an April Sunday (see Paris-Roubaix for dates), and is one of the major professional races in France. Also known as the “Hell of the North” it is a gruelling race, not least because of the cobbled roads which are included – nearly 60km of the 260km course which starts in Compiegne (60 Oise, Picardie) and finishes in Roubaix north of Lille (59 Nord, Hauts de France).

As these are racing bikes rather than all-terrain or mountain bikes, so comfortable sadles, thick rugged tyres and dual wheel suspension makes this a real bone- and frame-shaking ride under pressure.

For more info see the official site at and an enthusiasts’ site at

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