Rapha’s annual ride which pays homage to Paris-Roubaix, the Hell of the North, returns on April 13 with a revamped course.
As pro cycling’s elite do battle on the pavè of northern France, the British lifestyle brand has organised the fifth edition of an event which sees riders take on the gravè of Hertfordshire.
Entries for the free event, which are expected to sell out within hours, open at noon on Friday (March 21), with Rapha to post a link on their Twitter account to the registration page. The 2013 event sold out within an hour and riders are urged to ‘save the date and set a reminder’ to avoid missing out.
Setting out from Pond Square, Highgate, the 100km ride will take in the potholes, mud and the meanest gravè sections Hertfordshire has to offer – think farm tracks, bridleways and footpaths.
A feed stop is included halfway round the course and participants are urged to take at least two inner tubes and use to tyres that are at least 25mm wide.
The ride concludes in a New Barnet garden pub, where live action from Paris-Roubaix will be broadcast for riders to enjoy with a beer and frites. A special edition cap and a woven badge will also be produced to mark this year’s edition of the event.