Eight reasons why you should ride the Paris-Roubaix Challenge sportive

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Eight reasons why you should ride the Paris-Roubaix Challenge

Why the pavé of Paris-Roubaix should be on your bucket list

My other favourite sportive, the Tour of Flanders has got a bit out of hand in the past few years so I’ve given it a miss.

It’s become something of a victim of its own success with the field being so big that on many of the cobbled climbs you are reduced to a snail’s pace and often forced off the bike and on foot as the road becomes too congested to ride.

Washing bikes ready for the trip home (Pic: Tom Rune)

Roubaix, on the other hand, has a fraction of the participants which makes for a safer, clearer run with fewer obstructions over the cobbles. The only downside of this is you can end up isolated on some of the road sections, where a larger field would provide more groups to latch onto for a welcome draft in between cobbled sections.


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