The Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional bicycle road race in northern France, starting north of Paris and finishing on the Belgian frontier. It is one of cycling’s oldest races, and is one of the ‘Monuments’ or classics of the European calendar, and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking.
The Paris–Roubaix is famous for rough terrain and cobblestones, or pavé (setts). It has been called the Hell of the North, a Sunday in Hell (also the title of a film about the 1976 race), the Queen of the Classics or la Pascale: the Easter race. Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize.
The terrain has led to the development of specialised frames, wheels and tyres. Punctures and other mechanical problems are common and often influence the result. Despite the esteem of the race, some cyclists dismiss it because of its difficult conditions. The race has also seen several controversies, with winners disqualified.
From its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix; in 1966 the start moved to Chantilly; and since 1977 it has started in Compiègne, about 85 kilometres (53 mi) north-east of the centre of Paris. The finish is still in Roubaix.
We have decided to make a day of it and invite our friends and associates down to the Tap, the day looks something like this…
Pre-race ride over the Halifax cobbles / Meet at the Tap at 9.30am
Live coverage of the race / 12pm
The Coefficient of Drag ‘Issue 2’ Zine Launch / 12pm – 6pm
~ A thing about riding bikes and watching Eurosport…Like a person in a banana costume running up the col du tourmalet, only a magazine, so neither of those things ~
Fixed roller racing by Sowerby Brothers Cycles / 2pm
~ Friendly, family-run business with a strong emphasis on personal service and quality. Kirklees premier bike store for 28 years ~
Food : Parm Star / 12pm – 6pm
~ Making the Parmo portable | Purveyors of the Pommy Parma ~
DJs: You, Me & Steve / 12pm – 6pm
~ A rambling collective of DJs AKA Steve Hockett, Magic Rock Design and Duncan James Sime ~
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