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Paris-Roubaix Cycle Race

One of the classics in the French cycling calendar this is usually a brutally competitive early season race which includes the notorious pavé, cobbled roads of northern France which are ill-suited to finely-tu2014 paris roubaix posterned racing bikes or athletes. Although known as Paris-Roubaix it does not start in or near Paris!

The next event is on 14 April 2019 It is cobbled lanes for nearly 60km of the 260km course which usually starts in Compiegne (60 Oise, Hauts de France) 80km north of Paris and finishes in Roubaix on the northern outskirts  of Lille (59 Nord, Hauts de France)

For more info  on Paris-Roubaix see

Eurostar trainBy train (Eurostar/TGV) to Paris or Lille with


Lille and Roubaix are an ideal destination for a weekend break – Lille has its impressive Grand Place, Vieux Lille quarter, excellent shopping and bars/restaurants, Eurostar/TGV terminal and  art galleries such as Roubaix‘ art decoLa Piscine (Swimming Pool) art gallery – plus easy access to Ypres in Belgium and many World War I battlefields and memorials.!

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