No Paris-Roubaix Challenge in 2021. See you in 2022 !
February 23rd 2021
We all had a difficult 2020 with precious few sporting challenges to tackle!
Unfortunately, looking at the start of this year, and along with the local authorities, the organisation has made the difficult decision not to organise a Paris-Roubaix Challenge in 2021 and to challenge you to return to the Hell of the North in 2022!
We hope to return as soon as possible to the cobblestones and the mythical Vélodrome de Paris-Roubaix.
You can pre-register now to be among the first to be informed of the opening of registrations for the April 2022 edition.
SHIMANO BLUE FOR NEUTRAL SUPPORT AT PARIS-ROUBAIX CHALLENGE
January 19th 2021
Building on their historical La Vuelta partnership, Shimano and A.S.O. now extend their collaboration on Le Tour de France, prestigious classics such as Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne, Paris-Tours and also events such as L’Etape du Tour de France and Roc d’Azur.
Riders in all A.S.O. women’s and men’s races to be supported by Shimano’s world class neutral support team.
With Shimano celebrating it’s centenary year in 2021, the partnership will see the brand leveraging 20 years ofneutral support experience and know-how to support all riders in selected A.S.O. races, no matter which drivetrain brand they use, helping them to get their bikes operating at the optimum level. The iconic blue of Shimano will adorn the neutral support cars in all A.S.O. World Tour, Continental and Women’s races, offering all riders assistance to get back on the road as quickly as possible in the event of a crash or mechanical issue.
Taizo Shimano, Executive Vice President said “In the one hundredth year of our existence we are very excited to start a new chapter in our sports history. We are proud to announce a partnership to support the A.S.O.’s events with neutral support. That means we will be providing first-class support to riders at A.S.O. events to get them back on the road and back in the race.
“Shimano’s role is to inspire people to participate in sports and to keep bicycles running at their best. The vital neutral support role, especially at cycling’s most high-pressurized race – and also at the world’s most-watched sporting event – will allow us to do just that.
“Working with A.S.O. will allow Shimano to provide more support to the sport and more support to athletes to help them perform at the top level.
“As a company we take great pride in the quality of work that the thousands of global Shimano dealers carry out. This partnership with A.S.O. is the best example of the service that they provide. Not only do we hope this partnership will inspire a new generation of people to ride their bikes more often, but we hope to inspire people to trust in our product quality.”
Yann Le Moënner- Managing Director of Amaury Sport Organisation: "We are incredibly pleased to have extended our partnership with a player as innovative as Shimano. Partnering up on all of our professional and amateur cycling events with a family business and pioneer in the cycling world testifies to our commitment to offering excellent support to athletes as well as all of the cyclists involved in our events.
The innovation and consistent level of excellence provided by the brand over its 100 years of existence make Shimano a crucial player in world and everyday cycling and a brand that we are proud to be associated with."
Edouard Cassignol, Public Events Director, declared: "We are very glad to have Shimano as a new partner on our road cycling events (the Etape du Tour in particular) and on our all-terrain events with the Roc d'Azur. This collaboration will help Shimano to showcase the high quality of its products as well as its recognised know-how in supporting all of our participants.
About Shimano Europe: Founded in 1921, Shimano is dedicated to helping its customers get closer to nature, supporting people to realize their dreams and create new lifestyles. That comes with the desire to create outstanding cycling products and apparel.
With almost 100 years’ experience in creating internationally renowned bicycle components, Shimano is proud to have developed products that continue to take countless athletes to victory and provide the means for limitless global bicycle journeys. For more information see www.shimano.com
The race is cancelled. See you in 2021
September 15th 2020
After having postponed the 11th edition of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge from the 11th April to the 24th October, the organisers have taken the decision to cancel the event.
Despite having tried everything to maintain the ride through the “Hell of the North”, we are not able to guarantee the ideal conditions and satisfying standards for welcoming the competitors. Furthermore, the numerous competitors coming from abroad (70% of signups) have made it known that they would be unable to attend the event due to travel restrictions put in place in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
You will be able to benefit from a voucher valid for use on all of our events with a value corresponding to that of the bib and any extra options that were purchased or a refund after 18 months.
We of course regret the situation and we would like to thank you for your confidence and hope that you understand that it is more reasonable to wait until 2021 to meet on the legendary northern cobbles and a chance to celebrate our shared passion.
News of Paris-Roubaix Challenge
June 5th 2020
After a long few months in lockdown, we sincerely hope that all is well with you and those close to you and that you’ve been able to begin readjusting to normality. With a bit of luck, you will have been able to do some sort of physical activity each week during the lockdown. We don’t know about you but we can’t wait for everything to go back to normal so we can put our fruits of our training to the test in a timed course.
As you know, the COVID-19 public health crisis has profoundly impacted sport, on an amateur and professional level. A.S.O. hasn’t been able to organise a public event since the beginning of March. Within this context, on the 7th May, the French Council of Ministers voted for a resolution detailing how we can respond to questions concerning the cancellation of our events. It means that up until the 15th September 2020, we are able to offer you a voucher for a similar event that will be valid for 18 months instead of an immediate refund.
This means that following the cancellation of Paris-Roubaix Challenge on the initial date of 11th April, you will benefit from a voucher with a value equivalent to what you spent on the bib and additional options. You can use this voucher to sign up for more A.S.O. events over a period of 18 months, after which, any unspent funds on the voucher will be refunded to you.
We are currently working very hard to put these vouchers in place for the large number of riders/runners who had been preparing for our events over the last few months. In mid-July, you’ll receive an email specifying the value of your voucher and the practical information on how to claim etc. We regret any inconvenience caused by this exceptional situation and we thank you for your understanding.
In the meantime, we wish you all the best and we can’t wait to see you, even if our priority remains the health of everyone.
We hope to see you soon!
A.S.O.’s UCI WORLD TOUR CALENDAR 2020
May 5th 2020
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced the dates of its new calendar following the postponement of numerous cycling races and events.
With regards to A.S.O.’s UCI World Tour events, return to play will begin with the Critérium du Dauphiné from the 12th to the 16th August, over 5 days instead of the usual 8. It will be essential in preparing the riders for the Tour de France from the 29th August to the 20th September. Clermont-Ferrand will be the scene of the start-line and the finish will be judged in Megève as initially planned (see the stage list below).
It will be the women who kick-off the 107th edition of the Tour de France as they take on La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ on the 29th August, on the same route as the first stage of the men’s Tour de France in Nice. The famous women’s event was originally going to take place on the Champs-Elysées.
Usually a part of the spring schedule, the Ardennes Classics will be organized in the autumn with the Flèche Wallonne on the 30th September and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on the 4th October. The women’s editions of these two events will also take place on the same dates.
Paris-Roubaix is now in the calendar for the 25th October and the autumnal weather could pay a vital role, with it not having rained on the Queen of the Classics since 2002. To reinforce the women’s UCI World Tour calendar, a women’s Paris-Roubaix will take place for the first time as a prologue to the men’s race. All of the practical information concerning the distance, start-line and timings is yet to be finalized but will be communicated shortly. The organization of a women’s Paris-Roubaix is a clear indicator of A.S.O.’s commitment to the development of women’s sport.
We are delighted that the Union Cycliste Internationale, with the support of the different parties involved in the world of cycling, has succeeded in maintaining these prestigious races for 2020 despite the difficult circumstances we are facing at this time. It goes without saying that A.S.O. will be organizing all of these events in strict compliance with the sanitary regulations and advice.
A.S.O. would like to warmly thank the communities and partners concerned, who accepted these changes and who fervently supported the planning of these magnificent races.
A.S.O. Men’s and Women’s UCI World Tour Calendar 2020: Critérium du Dauphiné : Wednesday 12th August- Sunday 16th August Wednesday 12th August: Clermont-Ferrand / Saint-Christo-en-Jarez Thursday 13th August: Vienne / Col de Porte Friday 14th August: Corenc / Saint-Martin-de-Belleville Saturday 15th August: Ugine / Megève Sunday 16th August: Megève / Megève La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ : Saturday 29th August Tour de France : 29th August – 20th September La Flèche Wallonne Men and Women: Wednesday 30th September Liège-Bastogne-Liège Men and Women: Sunday 4th October Paris-Roubaix Men and Women: Sunday 25th October La Vuelta: Tuesday 20th October – Sunday 8th November (Unipublic publishes a press release today)
The Paris-Roubaix Challenge has been postponed!
March 17th 2020
As part of the fight against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19), Amaury Sport Organisation, with the agreement of the Union Cycliste Internationale, has decided to not organise Paris-Roubaix on its scheduled date (12th April).
In close collaboration with the UCI and with the assistance of the other parties concerned, the organisers have already begun working to try to find a new date for this monument of world cycling. As a consequence, the Paris-Roubaix Challenge has also been postponed.
We completely understand your disappointment at not being able to compete in April after having put so much into your training. Please know that all of us on the organisation team are equally disappointed at not being able to put on the event on its scheduled date.
The practical information concerning the postponement will be communicated to you shortly.
We'll get back to you soon.
The Paris-Roubaix Challenge Team
How to ride on cobblestones ?
March 12th 2020
Check out the guide for all the tips you need to glide over the legendary cobblestones without a hitch.
CHRISTMAS OFFER: YOUR FREE PLACE AT THE PRO'S FINISH LINE!
December 10th 2019
FULLY EXPERIENCE THE LEGEND OF PARIS-ROUBAIX!
Are you dreaming of the Hell of the North and of watching the final sprint of the professional cyclists in the heart of Roubaix’s mythical velodrome? Well then register for Paris-Roubaix Challenge’s 172km on 11April and experience the finish of the professionals live on the velodrome’s lawn in a unique atmosphere, the day after your race.
N.B: offer only valid from10 to 27 December, so don’t hang about!
You are now part of the legend of Paris–Roubaix. Just like Philippe Gilbert, you managed to tame the famous cobbled sectors. Sure, your hands and legs are still aching from the cobblestones, but you can be proud of crossing this exceptional finish line!
Your results on line!
April 13th 2019
You were 6,836 who overcame the cobble stones of the Hell of the North -a record! You just accomplish a big challenge, you can be proud!
Discover your split times on the timed sections now!
Find the latest information and claim the last race bibs!
The big day is almost here!
Registration: attention, registration closes this Friday 12th of April at 5pm! Don’t wait any longer to claim one of thefinal race bibs;
Course: before setting off this Saturday, check the notes of the cobbled sectors here;
Convocations: find your number and your convocation time on the convocation you should have received on Monday 8th April ;
Options: if you have opted for the Roubaix > Busigny Shuttle option or Infield access to watch the finish of the pro race on Sunday, you will find all the information
Rendezvous beginning on Friday in Roubaix!
HOW TO RIDE ON THE COBBLESTONES ? BY SPECIALIZED
April 8th 2019
Specialized will help you to better prepare your next adventure.
What style of riding is best to take on the cobblestones of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge ?
Riding the cobblestones of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge requires a certain amount of technique. Indeed, several additional constraints are added to a traditional riding style, like a slick road surface, amplified when it rains, and a bike that bounces on the irregularities of the cobblestones. Learning to ride on the cobblestones requires a good riding position as well as an adapted speed and pedal cadence.
The Specializedteam provides you with a few tips to take on the Paris-Roubaix Challenge with confidence!
Count on Specialized to help you get ready for your next adventure!
The cobblestones are no place for improvisation!
Bike handling skills are important, but choosing the right gear is paramount! The Specialized team has a few tips to help you tackle the Paris–Roubaix Challenge comfortably and safely! From the rims, tyres and tyre pressure to the choice of repair kit, saddle, bar tape and more, every detail counts!
Sign up now to get the best deal and join the adventure of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge! Enter the legend of the cobbled classic and find out what it feels like to ride the same cobbled sectors, circle the same velodrome and wash in the same famous showers as the cycling greats (Merckx, Hinault and more) just 24 hours before the pros!
Check out the course details, including cobbled sectors and feeding zones.
Since 1896, Paris-Roubaix has been offering a unique experience to cyclists all over the world.
Thanks to Paris-Roubaix Challenge, you will be immersed in the mythical universe of this classic Flandrian by enjoying the same paved areas, the velodrome or the famous showers marked by the passage of the greatest (Merckx, Hinault...), 24 hours before the passage of the professionals!
Discover the details of the routes, with the paved sectors and the refreshments.
Registrations for the 9th edition of Paris-Roubaix Challenge are open on time to!
On Saturday 13 April 2019, come and enjoy one of France’s most prestigious races, Paris-Roubaix. 24 hours before the professionals, you can ride on the same cobbled sectors before the finish on the mythical velodrome.
3 distances to choose from starting from €22: 70 km, 145 km and 172 km.
Register now to take advantage of the best rates and reserve your place to watch the finish of the pros, the next day, on the lawn of the velodrome in a special area.
Are you a fan of the springtime Classics? This pack is made for you!
There’s no need to choose between the cobblestones of 'la Reine des Classiques’ and the Ardennes slopes of ‘la Doyenne’: we are offering you “The Classics pack” to satisfy your desire for legendary cycling.
On the agenda:
2 mythical races from €38*: Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège
15 days apart: 13 & 27 April 2019
3 distances to choose from
*Excluding deposit 5€ for Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge
Exceptional offer only valid until 28 November and subject to availability
SAVE THE DATE: Opening of registrations on november 15th at 12pm for the 9th edition of Paris-Roubaix Challenge on time to.
Get ready to take advantage of the best rates and participate in the Hell of the North on April 13th 2019, 24 hours before the professionals come.
(re)discover the best-of 2018:
You’ve become legendary
April 9th 2018
On Saturday there were 5,400 of you who overcame the cobble stones of the Hell of the North: discover your split times on the timed sections now!
The photos and the Best-of video will soon be available!
D-1: EVERYTHING IS READY!
April 6th 2018
There are less than 24 hours until your exploit.
You’re ready and are going to take up the greatest challenge in your life as a cyclist. Here are the last key pieces of information to remember about this 8th edition of Paris Roubaix Challenge:
If you have registered for the 172k routeand have subscribed for the shuttle, you need to be at Auchan Leers shopping centre at 5am on Saturday to board the bus.
If you have registered for the 70k or the 145k route, you need to go to the Jean Stabliniski regional velodrome directly.
THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE COBBLED SECTORS REVEALED
April 3rd 2018
Today the reconnaissance of the route took place and above all the cobbled sectors of the Hell of the North!
Verdict: Some have been revamped for the occasion, others are impatient to see if you will manage to avoid their pitfalls. One thing is sure: they’re ready to welcome you! Discover the official route of the map with the difficulties of the cobbled sectors.
That's a record! You will be 6,000 to participate this year on the 8th editon.
WARNING : no possibility to register on the village.
FREE ACCESS TO PARIS ROUBAIX'S FINISH
March 29th 2018
This year, we are offering the Challenge’s participants the possibility to experience the legend of Paris-Roubaix by watching the mythical finish of the Queen of the Classics in the heart of the Velodrome on Sunday 8th April.
By participating in the cyclo the day before, you’ll have the privilege of accessing an area free of charge, that will be reserved for you on the lawn of the velodrome.
Access will be between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at the entrance indicated in the map below.
An additional reason to register for Paris-Roubaix Challenge, so what are you waiting for?
You were among the more than 5,000 heroes who overcame the Hell of the
Today you shared a unique experience with more than 5,000 cyclists.
Thanks to the dozens of volunteers who helped us as well as all the participants, you made this spring weekend a celebration of cycling.
Now it’s time to enjoy the performance of the professionals who will suffer as much as you did on the mythical cobbled sections which were your playground for the space of a day.
See you next year!
D-1: everything is ready!
April 7th 2017
There are less than 24 hours until your exploit. You’re ready and are going to take up the greatest challenge in your life as a cyclist. Here are the last key pieces of information to remember:
If you have registered for the 172k route and have subscribed for the shuttle, you need to be at Auchan Leers shopping centre at 5am on Saturday to board the bus.
If you have registered for the 70k or the 145k route, you need to go to the Jean Stabliniski regional velodrome directly.
Your friends and family can follow your adventure thanks to the live coverage broadcast on the event’s website: parisroubaixchallenge.com
If you haven’t collected your options today don’t panic: they’ll be available in the village, until 6pm tomorrow.
Two start zones for three races
April 7th 2017
Everything you need to know about the Big Day!
Tomorrow, you will be 5,000 cyclists setting off on the three distances of Paris-Roubaix Challenge. The most important thing, of course, is to go to the right start zone!
70k & 145k route: if one of these two routes appeals to you, bear in mind that the start zone is opposite the Jean Stabliniski regional velodrome.
The 172k route: this race will set off from the mairie (town hall) in the commune of Busigny (59). More information here.
All three routes will finish with a lap on the mythical velodrome in Roubaix. You’ll then have the opportunity to take advantage of the catering offers, services and entertainment and activities organised in the village by our partners.
Starts for the race’s 3 distances are not individually scheduled. However riders must respect the time slots indicated below:
172k: riders can start when they want between 7am and 9am
145k: riders can start when they want between 7am and 10am
70k: riders can start when they want between 7am and 11am
See you on Saturday!
The sun will be shining in Roubaix, so take advantage of the last race numbers available!
April 7th 2017
Go down in the history of Paris-Roubaix Challenge
A few days before the Queen of the Classics, the weather forecast for the Hauts-de France is very sunny. There are still a few race numbers for the 145k and 172k routes on Saturday 7th April!
The 172k route, which sets off from Busigny, will be the exactly the same as the professional route the next day. The 145k route will set off opposite the Jean Stabliniski regional velodrome in Roubaix and take the renowned Trouée d’Arenberg and the Carrefour de l’Arbre.
Registrations are open until Friday 7th April at 6pm. So don’t wait any longer and register now on A.S.O. Challenges.
Discover our official Paris-Roubaix Challenge products
January 26th 2017
We have developed a range of official Paris-Roubaix Challenge products so that you can experience the mythical Paris-Roubaix in the best conditions.
Discover our full range of products via your www.asochallenges.com account: from water bottles to oversleeves, your shorts and how you’ll fill up your Friday nights until the ultimate souvenir (the renowned cobblestones in Roubaix).
Registrations open for Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge!
December 1st 2016
On Saturday 22 April 2017 you will get the chance to ride your own Liège-Bastogne-Liège just like the pros. The ultimate challenge is taking on the entire course of 273 km, identical to the real race a day later. If this distance is a bit too much, then go for the 75 km or 156 km which are also a nice challenge and a great way to discovert he most arduous climbs of La Doyenne.
Take on the Côte de Wanne, Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, Côte de La Redoute and the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, a challenge for real climbers!
On 8th April 2017, cobblestone lovers will be able to take the mythical sections which have created the legend of the Hell of the North during the Paris Roubaix Challenge and choose among 3 routes: that of the professional race or 2 loops of 145km and 70km around Roubaix.
Get ready because registrations for the Paris-Roubaix Challenge are open already open on www.asochallenges.com