The Paris Roubaix Challenge


The Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional men's bicycle road race in northern France, starting north of Paris and finishing in Roubaix, at the border with Belgium. It is one of cycling's oldest races (since 1896), and is arguably one of the most storied events in Pro Cycling. The Paris–Roubaix race is famous for rough terrain and old cobblestone farm roads. The nickname of the ride is "L'enfer du Nord" which translates to Hell of the North, which race organizers used to describe what the route looked like after WW1. 

Studio 2G's Joe Rivas took part in the open challenge the day before the professional race. The challenge covered a portion of the professional race and finished on the famed Roubaix velodrome. The ride was 90 miles, including 20 miles of rough cobblestone roads.



One of the famous cobblestone 'sectors' is called the Arenberg Forest where the cobbles are large, irregular, covered in mud and with many gaps wide enough to fit a bike tire.

The ride finishes off by rolling into famed velodrome at Roubaix. A transition from miles of rumbling and bouncing to the smooth, curved bank of a cycling track.