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Paris Roubaix Challenge

For those of you doing the Paris Roubaix Challenge I have set up this meetup as you are probably going to want to organise yourselves and the original meetup is going to get buried soon.

Post what distance you are planning to do as well as how long you are planning on staying in roubaix and you should be able to sort out a logistics plan.

There is still time to sign up if you want to do it:
http://www.sport.be/parisroubaix/2014/eng/

If you are planning on doing the full distance remember to think about how you are going to get to the start (there is a shuttle bus which we used last year €30 and early start but worth it)

there is an f1 hotel which is really cheap here : https://maps.google.fr/maps?q=50.706579,3.160098&ll=50.706569,3.159959&spn=0.002144,0.004994&num=1&t=m&z=18

and a pretty good restaurant here: https://maps.google.fr/maps?q=50.710092,3.159382&ll=50.710075,3.159433&spn=0.002144,0.004994&num=1&t=m&z=18

and in the centre of Roubaix here : https://maps.google.fr/maps?q=50.710092,3.159382&ll=50.692269,3.174915&spn=0.001079,0.002497&num=1&t=m&z=19&iwloc=lyrftr:m,6644370361270896721,50.69228,3.1747

I suggest you copy these addresses as Roubaix was a complete ghost town last year on friday evening and it is really tough to find good places to eat.

If any of you are thinking of hiring a car and want to share the cost, put details of your plan here and i'm sure you'll find someone to share with.

Gear:
You can find some info about what the pros ride here ... http://road.cc/content/news/80505-paris-roubaix-2013-tyres-wheels-chainrings-chainguides-and-directions ... Last year I rode 25mm gator hardshell tyres at 110psi and I got through without any punctures.. I wish I had taken more food with me instead of 4 spare tubes! I doubled up on bar tape to soften the vibrations a bit but my wrists still ached for about a week afterwards. I found that changing your position on the bars frequently helps ease the pain over the cobbles. Other than that I rode my normal setup.

One thing to check is that your bottle cages are in a good condition and are nice and secure (last year one of mine snapped half way through and i lost a bottle).. the first sector of cobbles we hit last year had about 100 almost-full bottles littering it.. this sector is going to expose most bottle cage issues and it is also where you are likely to be in a big group so stopping to pick up dropped stuff isn't really an option.

Have fun :)

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  • Shannon

    Meant to do the 70k, but missed the turn (and wound up on the 140k course, plus accidentally doing a loop - and hitting the Arenberg section twice ). Unexpectedly long day for me... Well done everyone for getting through those nasty cobbles!

    2 · April 12, 2014

    • samuel b.

      Well done for taking on the extra!

      April 15, 2014

  • Jasper

    Well done guys! We made it! Time for beers!! :)

    3 · April 12, 2014

  • Sean H.

    Whatever happens have fun!

    April 12, 2014

  • Jasper

    5.15... rise and shine!!! Little under 2 hrs to the start!!

    April 12, 2014

  • Simon K.

    Good luck you crazy buggers.. remember - attack the cobbles!

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • samuel b.

    What times everyone getting in town Friday and going on Saturday? I'm doing 141 prob get to the velodrome for 7am and register then

    April 7, 2014

    • Maciej Z

      Vodka might be an overkill, but there should be so many great Belgian beers there...

      April 11, 2014

    • Jasper

      The difficulty with beer and cobbles is all the foam it will produce... you'll loose too much of those great belgian sport drinks

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • Daniel L

    Good luck to all the brave girls and guys that will face the Hell of the North this weekend! May the force be with you!

    4 · April 11, 2014

  • Tony

    Sorry to say I will not be doing the PRC this year. Too last minute. Could not get the details in order. However, I am glad I found this group and hope to meet some you soon. Have a great ride everyone. Thanks, Tony

    April 10, 2014

  • Maciej Z

    All - considering that we're doing different rides and starting from different places at different times, and assuming we'd like to meet afterwards for some, ehem, energy drinks, let's make sure everyone has added their contact details to the group contact list (you should have received email with link to it on Mar 20th, drop me a message if not).

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Maciej Z

      Nice # Sam! Mine's 2953

      April 9, 2014

    • Jasper

      The link to the tracker !! http://goo.gl/MlOqP5­

      April 9, 2014

  • Greg F

    Good luck to everyone doing the Roubaix this weekend!! Boneshakers - you're all crazy... :-)

    3 · April 9, 2014

  • Tony

    I Interested in riding the PRC this weekend. As it is last minute I am having little luck in finding a decent hotel close to everything. Is anyone looking for a roommate or travelmate to share hotel and or car expenses?
    I would like to arrive on Friday and return on Monday. Thanks!

    April 9, 2014

    • Jasper

      If you are quick you might find a room in the Hotel F1 in Roubaix Centre. I just cancelled my reservation, because I'll go straight to Busigny from Paris on Friday.
      They should have a room now for Friday and Saturday.
      But be quick!!

      April 9, 2014

    • Jasper

      Love this pic: https://www.facebook.c...­

      April 8, 2014

    • samuel b.

      Might leave the all seasons on again instead of the vittorias then, there's a guy from Pearsons got in with the trek team for a ride at Roubaix, all you have to do is sell £150k worth of trek bikes in a year apparently

      April 8, 2014

  • seth n.

    Hey folks, I've got a spare registration for the 70k that I'm not going to use for this. If anyone wants to have it, or knows someone who wants to have it, let me know. Only proviso is, as it'll be under my name, you have to promise to look extra badass in the official photos.

    April 8, 2014

  • Enrico

    Read that there is limited car parking available at the Velodrome. Anyone familiar with the size of the parking lot there? Was planning on arriving there ~6:15 AM to hopefully ensure a parking space.
    Also hoping for dry weather :)

    April 7, 2014

    • samuel b.

      There's not Loads of parking, but I reckon you might be ok at that time, there was some street parking too but it was pretty chocca by 7.30 if I remember right

      April 7, 2014

  • Maciej Z

    F1 booked, Fri-Sun. Bring on the fun!

    December 19, 2013

    • Maciej Z

      Generally, all SNCF bike-related info is available at http://www.velo.sncf....­

      February 10, 2014

    • samuel b.

      You can put your bike in a bag and just jump on the train if it's within 120x90cm

      March 5, 2014

  • Sean H.

    After reading this article in the Weekend FT rather you than me guys. Bon courage!!

    Paris-Roubaix: cycling's toughest one-day race http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/f186a92c-9dcf-11e3-83c5-00144feab7de.html#axzz2utOSR42y

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • Jens Christian B.

    I will do the 170 km ride. Logistics will be car to Busigny Friday. Then hotel in Busigny and train from Lille Flanders back to Busigny after the ride. Not ideal but the best i could think off.

    March 1, 2014

  • Shannon

    I'm signed up for the 70. Thinking about only staying Friday night, but not sure on that yet.

    January 8, 2014

  • samuel b.

    Registered for the 141

    January 6, 2014

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