The 2017 Paris-Roubaix Challenge in April 2017 gives you the opportunity to ride nearly the full route including all of the cobbles of one of the oldest and most significant of cycling events, the day before the Pro race. As in 2016 the 2017 Roubaix Challenge event will be held the day before the Paris Roubaix Pro Race. Sports tours international offers guaranteed entry to this enormously popular, mythical race.
The organisers say: "The ultimate challenge is to ride the 170km from Busigny to Roubaix, on the same course as the pros will do the day after. However, the routes of 139k and 70k will also leave you plenty of opportunity to get to know the tough cobblestone sections of the mythical Paris-Roubaix race."
The full length 170km route features 28 sections of pavé, with each one given a star rating to indicate difficulty. It is on the trail of the legendary Roubaix velodrome that competitors of the three courses will finish their race. They can eat and shower on the same places where the winners of the professional race as the great Eddy Merckx or Bernard Hinault have written the most beautiful pages of their careers.
Lampre-Merida has already announced it’s using disc brakes throughout the cobbled Classics, and several other teams have been testing them. A muddy Paris-Roubaix might be just the incentive teams need to embrace the new technology.
Mathew Hayman is title holder. In 2016, he oupowered Tom Boonen, Ian Stannard and Sep Vanmarcke on the line. Mathew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) became only the second Australian to win Paris-Roubaix, edging out four-time winner Tom Boonen in a chaotic 2016 edition of the race. The 37-year-old, starting his 16th Paris-Roubaix, made his way into the day’s breakaway and clung on to Boonen’s group after it swept them up in the final 100km. Leading into the Roubaix velodrome, Hayman and Boonen fought it out for the line, with the Australian coming out on top. Team Sky‘s Ian Stannard finished third, equalling the best British performance in race history.
Will it be Hayman going back to back in 2017, will we see the re-emergence of one of the classic specialists like Tom Boonen or will Peto Sagan build on his 2016 classics form? We can guarantee one thing we’ll be there on the side of the road, ready to see the action unfold, with front row seats to the Queen of the Spring Classics.
“The support during the sportive was perfect, always at the right place at the right time. The pro race experience was incredible, jumping from cobbled sector to cobbled sector perfectly timed and planned by our guide, leaving us to enjoy the spectacle – if you are a fan of pro cycling you HAVE to experience it” - Francis Jago, UK – Paris Roubaix 2016.
Tom Boonen, who re-enlisted at Etixx-Quick Step, announced that he will bow out after the 2017 edition of Paris-Roubaix, his favorite race. The Belgian said his ambitions: "In summary, I had two tracks: either a new challenge and possibly keep going a little long or stay where I was around people who always believed in me, who have always been there for me through good and bad times "
Other favorite for the win are Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra.