The first Paris Roubaix was raced in 1896. The sportive is a relative newcomer, started in 2011
The cobbled sectors are maintained by Les Amis de Paris Roubaix, a volunteer organisation dedicated to looking after the pave of the route.
The easiest way to get to Roubaix is by car - around one hour from Roubaix. You can get the Eurostar to Lille which is 15 mins away or fly to either Brussels or Paris (both between 1hr30 and 2hrs away). If you are riding the long route, there is a shuttle from Roubaix to Busigny leaving at 5.30am.
You can collect your race pack on the morning of the event or the day before in Roubaix. If you are riding the long route, the entry pack can be collected in Busigny.
There is a rolling start for this sportive. The long route starts at Busigny (Salle des fêtes – Rue Pasteur – 59137 Busigny) between 7am and 9am. The medium and short routes start at the velodrome (Vélodrôme Couvert Régional Jean Stablinski – Rue Alexandre Fleming 59 – 59100 Roubaix) between 7am and 10am for the medium and 7am to 11am for the short route.
All routes finish in Roubaix at the velodrome.
There are a few options for this weekend. Lille is a larger, slightly closer to Calais and has a wider range of hotels. Our preference is Roubaix - you are here for cycling and the town is buzzing for this weekend. It is also more convenient for the start / finish of the sportive as you can ride from hotel to velodrome and you can watch the pros in the velodrome on the Sunday.