The cobbles of Paris-Roubaix 2016: Strava stats

Paris-Roubaix pavé to take centre-stage on Sunday

Queen of the Classics, Hell of the North, A Sunday in Hell… the pavé of Paris-Roubaix takes centre-stage on Sunday (April 10) with 52.8km of cobblestones packed into the 257.5km course.

Organisers ASO have rated the secteurs according to their difficulty, with the iconic Arenberg Forest, Mons-en-Pévèle and Carrefour de l’Arbre all ranked five out of five for toughness.

But they are just three of the 27 stretches of brutal pavé the peloton must tackle on Sunday, and the team at Strava have taken a closer look at the 12 key secteurs.

Just how tough are they? How fast do the pros ride them? And how do you compare?

Paris-Roubaix’s famous cobbles will take centre-stage on Sunday (Pic: Tom Rune)

Trouee d’Arenberg

Length: 2.4km
ASO rating: 5/5

The Arenberg Forest is one of the most iconic secteurs at Paris-Roubaix (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: ALONSO Seb (3:22)
Speed: 40.2km/h
QOM: Louise de Waal (4:19)
Speed: 31.3km/h


Length: 3km
ASO rating: 5/5

The 3km secteur at Mons-en-Pévèle has been graded as one of the three toughest (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: Mikkel Staunsholm (4:26)
Speed: 40.5km/h
QOM: Miarit Huisman (5:34)
Speed: 32.2km/h

Carrefour de l’Arbre

Length: 2.1km
ASO rating: 5/5

The Carrefour de l’Arbre is often decisive, thanks to its proximity to Roubaix (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: Gines T. (2:50)
Speed: 43.1km/h
Speed: 26km/h


Length: 3.7km
ASO rating: 4/5

At 3.7km, the secteur from Quievy to Saint-Python is one of the two longest in the race (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: Stijn Steels (5:38) – [PRO – Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise]
Speed: 39.6km/h
QOM: Alie Mulder-Schilder (7:35)
Speed: 29.4km/h


Length: 2.5km
ASO rating: 4/5

Haveluy-Wallers, or the Bernard Hinault section, is difficult not just because of its cobbles but the mud too (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: Andre Greipel (3:49) – [PRO – Lotto-Soudal]
Speed: 39.6km/h
QOM: Sue Zuki
Speed: 28.2km/h


Length: 3.7km
ASO rating: 4/5

The secteur from Hornaing to Wandignies-Hamage is also 3.7km in length (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: Marko van Brummelen (5:15)
Speed: 42.5km/h
QOM: Liz Grootenboer (6:04)
Speed: 36.8km/h

Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes – Sars-et-Rosières

Length: 2.4km
ASO rating: 4/5

The pave from Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes to Sars-et-Rosières feature three sharp turns (pic: Sirotti)

KOM: stijn vandenbergh (3:26) – [PRO – Etixx-QuickStep]
Speed: 41.2km/h
QOM: Meesh B (4:55)
Speed: 28.8km/h

Auchy-lez-Orchies – Bersée

Length: 2.7km
ASO rating: 4/5

Riding from Auchy-lez-Orchies to Bersee gets tougher in the latter half of the secteur (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: Niki Terpstra (4:16) – [PRO – Etixx-QuickStep]
Speed: 37.7km/h
QOM: Marit Huisman (5:10)
Speed: 31.1km/h

Côte Hameau du Buat

Length: 1.7km
ASO rating: 3/5

Cote Hameau du Buat returns to the race in 2016 (pic: Strava)

KOM: Niki Terpstra (4:09) – [PRO – Etixx-QuickStep]
Speed: 34.8km/h
QOM: C West (6:18)
Speed: 22.9km/h

Cysoing-Bourghelles (1st part)

Length: 1.3km
ASO rating: 3/5

The Cysoing to Bourghelles secteur is followed immediately by the cobbles to Wannehain (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: R W (1:25)
Speed: 40.4km/h
QOM: Gwenno Hughes (1:46)
Speed: 32.4km/h


Cysoing-Bourghelles (2nd part)

Length: 1.1km
ASO rating: 3/5

Tom Boonen races on the secteur in 2014 (pic: ©Sirotti)

KOM: Etienne Fabre (0:59)
Speed: 43.8km/h
QOM: Gwenno Hughes (1:21)
Speed: 31.9km/h

Camphin-en- Pévèle

Length: 1.8km
ASO rating: 4/5

Camphin-en-Pevele is toughest after the bend (pic: Bertrand Trichet/Strava)

KOM: Mikkel Staunsholm (2:27)
Speed: 44.3km/h
QOM: Gwenno Hughes (3:48)
Speed: 28.5km/h

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