Known as both the Hell of the North and the Queen of the Classics, Paris Roubaix is the most infamous race in the cycling calendar, owing to the brutal cobbled sectors that define this Spring Classic. Offering the ultimate test of both professional and amateur, Paris Roubaix offers a unique experience, with Le Domestique Tours proud to present our two night Paris Roubaix 2018 package, combining the amateur Paris Roubaix 2018 sportive on Saturday 7 April 2018 with the professional race on Sunday 8 April 2018, to make the perfect weekend for a hardcore cyclist.

While not tackling the full pro race route, the Paris Roubaix 2018 sportive remains one of the hardest amateur events in the world, with a unique parcours that promises an unadulterated Hell of the North experience. Covering 172km including 50km of cobbles, riders and equipment are pushed to their limits as they assault more than 25 sectors of pave that have made and broken so many professional’s reputations in the race’s 100+ year history, on route to the very same iconic finish line used by the pros in the Roubaix Velodrome. The flawless support of the Le Domestique Tours team provides our riders with everything they need to survive this epic ride – private feed stops, mechanical support and a private broom wagon service.

One of the toughest single day events in the world, your experience of the Paris Roubaix sportive will remain with you for life.

The 2017 edition of the Hell of North will see professionals tackle 257km, with 27 sectors of cobbles ranging from 300m in-length to 3.7km, through the iconic Trouee d’Arenberg and Carrefour de l’Arbre and many more, on route to the grand finish at the iconic Velodrome in Roubaix. With the northern European professionals usually dominating the pro race and fighting for the honour of the hardest rider in the peloton, the pro race promises and deliver fireworks and we’ll be there in multiple locations on the roadside as the riders come clattering past. Little can prepare you for the sensory overload of a fast approaching peloton impacting the cobbles – if you love cycling as much as we do, this is an experience you will savour for the rest of your days.

Will it be Hayman going back to back in 2018, will we see the re-emergence of one of the classic specialists like Tom Boonen or will Peto Sagan build on his 2016 classics form? We can guarantee one thing we’ll be there on the side of the road, ready to see the action unfold, with front row seats to the Queen of the Spring Classics.

“The support during the sportive was perfect, always at the right place at the right time. The pro race experience was incredible, jumping from cobbled sector to cobbled sector perfectly timed and planned by our guide, leaving us to enjoy the spectacle – if you are a fan of pro cycling you HAVE to experience it”

Francis Jago, UK – Paris Roubaix 2016

You can watch the video highlights from our Paris-Roubaix 2016 package on Vimeo and Youtube.

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Dates & Prices

6 - 8 April 2018 2 Nights - Twin Share £579pp - £200 Deposit BOOK NOW
6 - 8 April 2018 2 Nights - Solo Occ £679pp - £300 Deposit BOOK NOW
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Itinerary

6 April - Meet LDT Team in UK and Transfer to Caudry via Roubaix

Meeting your LDT crew at our collection point in Maidstone at 9.15am or Ashford International Surface D Car Park at 10.15am, we'll transfer to our first hotel in Caudry, via a Eurotunnel Channel crossing. Following arrival you will be accompanied to the race sign on, where you can obtain your race pack, peruse the race village and purchase any last minute equipment or supplies. Le Domestique's professional guides ensure your bikes are safely packed and transported, using high quality wheel bags and our bespoke built internal bike racking. We'll enjoy a good wholesome meal and an early night, ahead of the Sportive and an early start for the morning.

7 April - Paris Roubaix Challenge 2017

Rising early on the Saturday morning, no doubt full of nerves, apprehension and those final few thoughts of why am I actually doing this. You'll enjoy a quality breakfast, before the short transfer to the start line. With the Cobbles and pain awaiting, the LDT support crew won't be far from you all day long, providing roaming support with multiple meeting points and feed stations on the route, mechanical and moral support. All while making sure you're able to finish the sportive and enjoy those beers with your mates afterwards.

PARIS ROUBAIX CHALLENGE

8 April - Paris Roubaix Pro Race and Return to UK

The race for the Hard Men of cycling, today gives riders the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the pros tackle the very same cobbles that pushed them above and beyond their limits yesterday. Watching professional racing from the sanctuary of a comfy sofa, with senses dulled by the televsion cameras is one thing. Witnessing the punishing assault of kilometre after kilometre of cobbles, within touching distance of the cars, motorbikes and lunatics on bicycles is entirely another. After watching the Pro Race we then depart for a UK return time of 8pm.

PARIS ROUBAIX PRO RACE

FAQ

  • What's Included?
    • Accommodation on a twin share basis in the 3* Hotel Akena City, Caudry on the evening of 7th April and the 3* Campanile Lille Nord Wasquehal on the evening of 7th April.
    • Sportive Entry to the 172km full distance route.
    • Full Paris-Roubaix sportive race support package including multiple access points to our private feed station stocked with a range of nutrition products, Torq Nutrition energy gels and drink powders and Coca Cola, together with an on-call support van providing mechanical support and collection in the event of race ending mishap. Non- riding members of the group are free to accompany the guides during the course of the sportive to cheer and spectate. In 2016 our support vans met the group seven times over the course of the sportive.
    • Private transfers from/to our meet up location at Maidstone, including Channel crossing via Eurotunnel.
    • Three course evening meals on the nights of 7th and 8th April.
    • Breakfasts supplemented with our own specially designed muesli mixes and porridge pots to ensure you are properly fuelled.
    • An itinerary designed in consultation with the group to ensure that you witness the key sections of the professional race, with private vehicle transfers between locations. In 2016 our groups saw the race up close on multiple cobbled sections, with one group also visiting the velodrome for the epic finale.
    • A dedicated point of contact from first enquiry through to the completion of your tour who will manage every aspect of your tour including coordinating the logistics for joining riders etc etc.
    • Digital album of photography documenting your experience.
    • Full Package Travel Regulation compliance which ensures that any funds paid by yourselves are fully protected in the highly unlikely event that Le Domestique Limited enters insolvency.
    What's not included?
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Incidental purchases.
    • Rental Bikes.
  • The Paris Roubaix Challenge Experience with Le Domestique Tours

    You can read all about the experience of our Paris Roubaix Challenge 2015 group below or watch the highlight video of our 2016 package by following the links below:

    • http://ledomestiquetours.co.uk.88-208-244-163.jago-staging.com/paris-roubaix-2015-sportive-and-pro-race/
    • Paris-Roubaix 2016 package on Vimeo and Youtube.
    What kit and equipment do I need?

    The big questions when it comes to the Paris Roubaix Challenge 2017… No choice is truly fool proof however we do have the following advice:

    • Simple is best – the Paris Roubaix Challenge is not the place to ride your super lightweight wheel set or anything that you are particularly precious about getting scratched, stone chipped or dirty. Instead opt for bullet proof equipment with plenty of strength like traditional alloy rimmed wheels.
    • Comfy shorts – this almost goes without saying, but wear your comfiest pair of shorts on the day and make sure you use a good quality chamois cream to combat the endless impacts of the cobbles.
    • Suspension – while the Team Sky suspension equipped Pinarellos are a little beyond the means of most riders, you can improve the comfort level of your bike by opting for 28mm tyres (or as wide as your frame will allow building in some margin for error from mud).
    • Bar tape and saddles – double wrapping bar tape is a well known tactic, which if done correctly can make a big difference to comfort, however we have seen riders with bar tape unwrapping as they ride, so make sure you know what you are doing before trying this tactic.
    • Ass Saver – full guards are asking for trouble on the cobbles, but an Ass Saver is the perfect piece of kit for keeping your backside isolated from the worst of the mud and spray when the weather turns bad.
    • In 2016 all Le Domestique Tours riders completed the full 172km route via the support and pre race recommendations they received.
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