Source: PRESSE SPORTS
Three months before the arrival of the Tour de France pack, more than one thousand brave riders came together early in the morning on the Champs-Elysées… in Saint-Quentin (in the Aisne department). Although the start had a slight feel of July’s legendary race, at 7.30 AM the cold (1°C) was there to remind the competitors of the early season nature of their spring challenge, with Roubaix as the destination, via nineteen cobbled sectors of the Queen of the Classics, for the intrepid competitors who dared to tackle the mythical route this year.
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Almost 1300 brave competitors are preparing for the departure of the second Paris-Roubaix Challenge, which kicks off this Sunday in Saint-Quentin (Aisne). Most of the cyclists are amateurs, who have set themselves the challenge of conquering the roads of the legendary Queen of Classics, one week before the professional event.
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On 1st April, the second edition of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge will welcome amateur cyclists who want to measure themselves against the cobbled sections of the Queen of the Classics, one week before the leading riders of the professional elite tackle the route.
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Six days after the opening of registration for the cyclo-sportive events to be held by A.S.O. in 2012, there has been a massive rush of applicants. There is now a full season’s worth of racing for amateurs ready to tackle the monuments of the top cycling races. Attracted by the roughness of the cobbles or inspired by the challenge of mythical mountain passes, each competitor targets the event that corresponds to his or her means and dreams…
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After a year of successful experiments, A.S.O. is looking toward the 2012 season with the desire to continue in this direction. The Etape du Tour will again be taking place in two parts during July and the Paris-Roubaix Challenge will take on a new dimension as the curtain raiser to the Queen of the classics in April.
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See you next year...