'HELL OF THE NORTH'
PARIS ROUBAIX CHALLENGE & RACE EXPERIENCE
'The toughest cyclists are those found on the cobbles of Paris Roubaix'
10 - 13 April 2014
10 - 13 April 2014
The season's most compelling one day cycling race is held over testing road and cobbles to the velodrome in Roubaix, Northern France. Known as 'Hell of the North', Paris Roubaix challenges man and machine against unforgiving roads dating back to Roman times.
In 2014 we invite you to test yourself at the 'Roubaix Challenge' and be there as the pro peleton race over the cobbles and in to the velodrome for the coveted trophy. Our tour program provides you with all the support and local knowledge to ensure you the experience of a lifetime.
10 April 2014
Bike set-up & ride, welcome dinner
Our tour commences with pick-ups available from Lille train stations during the afternoon and early evening. Lille is connected to London, Paris and Brussels with direct rail services. Should you require assistance with train tickets, please do not hesitate to contact us. Guests are also welcome to make their way directly to the hotel should they wish.
For those that arrive by 3pm, we will offer bike fitting and a short ride during the afternoon. For those arriving later, we will arrange bike fitting and the first ride the following morning. Our mechanics will be on hand to assist as you require. During the warm-up ride they will also be on-hand to provide any adjustments that you require.
On all rides, you will be provided with energy bars, gels and powders along with fruit, water and the like.
Non riders will enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
In the evening, guests are invited to a welcome dinner at our hotel. At the dinner you will hear from your guides as they give you an outline of the days ahead and some last minute tips on the Challenge.
11 April 2014
Race route reconnaissance, introduction to riding cobbles, group dinner
The day will commence with a buffet breakfast at the hotel. From here we will then depart for our Roubaix Challenge familiarisation ride.
Our ride will take you to the famous cobble section of the Foret d'Arenberg. After a warm-up ride to the Foret you will have the opportunity to experience the most famous section of this iconic race. Given the challenge the cobbles present, this experience under tutelage from our guides, will hold you in good stead for the following day. Our mechanical / vehicle support will be on hand should you need. Our ride will be approximately 50km in length and follow sections of the race route.
The Friday is also the day when the bulk of the teams will be cycling on the race route, doing their reconnaissance and last minute checks. You are likely to see legends of cycling such as Fabian Cancellara, Philippe Gilbert, Thor and Tom Boonen as they prepare for their attempt at further glory.
Following the experience of this iconic place in cycling folklore, we will then transfer to Roubaix.
After a break for lunch, you will be welcomed to the 'Roubaix Challenge Village' where you will be able to sign in for the following day's race. Here you will have the chance to collect your race number and the race kit visit race partner tents and speak with representatives from all over the cycling profession. The atmosphere in the race village is always a buzz as thousands of cyclists prepare for their day ahead.
From here you will be transferred back to our hotel where your guide team will help you with any last minute mechanical assistance you may need.
Non riding guests will enjoy be transferred mid morning to Lille. A beautiful old city that has been the capital of Northern France throughout history, Lille has a broad history dating back to around 640 AD. After lunch at leisure, guests will enjoy a guided walking tour which will give you the chance to explore the narrow lanes, the large public squares and the many markets with our local guide.
In the early evening, we will dine as a group at our hotel. In consultation with the hotel we will have a race designed meal, full of energy for the Roubaix Challenge.
12 April 2014
Paris Roubaix Challenge, race support, celebratory dinner
Race day! For thousands of cycling enthusiasts, this will be their big day of cycling for 2014. Conquering of the famous cobbles of Paris Roubaix is a precious lifelong memory.
Following an early breakfast at the hotel, our guide team will transfer you to the race start points depending on your chosen distance.
Along the race route, there are food and water stations however Sports Pulsions will also have a further private area for those competing the full distance, complete with energy gels, bars and powders along with water, coke, fruit, etc for you to stock up without the wait. With our mechanic on hand you will also be able to get some adjustments made should you need.
On completing the Roubaix Challenge, you will be met at the finish line by your guide team. Here you will have direct access to your post race kit bag that we will collect from you the night before, allowing you to keep warm and be comfortable on completion of the ride.
With our conveniant hotel location, we will be providing various transfers during the afternoon.
For our non-riding guests, you will have the choice of joining our guide team to provide support and encouragement on the race route and at the finish line or a day at leisure at the hotel or in Lille.
In the evening, it will be time to celebrate with our post race dinner This chance to celebrate your achievement and months of preparation work with the group and guides will be one to remember.
13 April 2014
Paris Roubaix pro-race, champagne lunch, race viewing on the cobbles & in the vélodrome
Now for the professionals! With the vivid memories of your time on the cobbles the day before, all guests will enjoy a more comfortable but just as exhilerating version. To see first hand the speed and techniques of the professional riders as they encounter the cobbles is something to behold.
Our tour will take you to 2 famous sections of cobbles, including the Foret d'Arenburg, and to be there in the Velodrome as the victor is crowned. Our day will start following breakfast at the hotel by transferring you to our first viewing section (location to be advised on release of the race route). Here you will get the chance to see the early breakaways and the peleton come through, still fresh and relatively clean.
From there, we will transfer you to the Foret d'Arenberg to watch amongst thousands of excited fans as the race continues. The atmosphere in this part of the race can't be put to words, it is a place you need to experience first hand. Our tour will then take you to Roubaix where you will have access to the Velodrome to watch the race conclusion and see the winner crowned.
Along the way you will enjoy a champagne picnic lunch on the race route and be transported in our race accredited private coach all the while being hosted by your guide team.
Our program concludes in Lille following the conclusion of the race. Here guests have the choice of onward travel to their next destination or staying on to explore the beautiful village of Lille. Should you like assistance with train travel or accommodation in Lille please don't hesitate to ask. We ask that guests book trains departing at 7pm or later.
Located just 18km from Lille & 30km from Roubaix the Domaine des Cigognes will be our base for the tour. We have chosen this location as it allows us to not only conveniently access the start and finish of both the Roubaix Challenge & Race, but also gives us the opportunity to enjoy rides directly from our hotel.
The property itself dates back to the 19th Century. The converted farmhouse has been lovingly restored by local craftsmen and is now used for private functions and groups such as ours. Dining on site also allows us to coordinate with the chef to balance the needs of the cyclist with the desire of our international guests to still enjoy great local cuisine.
For full details of the property, please visit their site here
3 nights x 3 star accommodation
Dinner and breakfast daily plus champagne picnic lunch on race day
Roubaix Challenge Entry (subject to package chosen)
Roubaix Challenge Day support and post challenge transfer
Paris Roubaix Race experience as outlined in the tour dossier
Private transfers in our luxury coach
Energy gels, bars and isotonic powders for each ride
On road mechanical support from our support vehicles during group rides
Commemorative Sports Pulsions Tour jersey
Transfer on arrival from Paris
Airfares and/or transport to and from our designated pickup and drop-off points
Travel insurance (obligatory for all guests)
Items of a personal nature, ie. laundry, drinks with meals, phone calls, tips, etc
Bike Rental: Trek Madone / Domane 5.2 Carbon -150€
Paris to Lille // Lille to Paris Transfer : TGV High Speed Train, 2nd Class - 35€, 1st Class - 70€ per direction subject to availability
Deposit: 450€ on booking per person, balance due 10 February 2014
To book or for further information please contact:
Dates: 10-13 April 2014
Tour type: Cycling & Non-cycling VIP
VIP Hospitality Access: Yes
Start point: Lille
Finish point: Lille
Price per person based on twin share:
1155€ incl Roubaix Challenge entry
1095€ excl Roubaix Challenge entry
950€ non riding partner
200€ single supplement
150€ bike rental
Maximum group size: 15
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