Instructor: Larry Saul
Road to Roubaix - Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional 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 and is one of the 'Monuments' or classics of the European calendar. Paris–Roubaix is one of the oldest races of professional road cycling. It was first run in 1896 and has stopped only for the two world wars and the COVID-19 pandemic. The race usually leaves riders caked in mud and grit, from the cobbled roads and rutted tracks of northern France's former coal-mining region. However, this is not how this race earned the name l'enfer du Nord, or Hell of the North. The term was used to describe the route of the race after World War I. Our instructor participated in the 2023 Paris-Roubaix Challenge, the amateur version ran on the course the day before the professional race. He will share with us his experiences and observations.