Posted on Tuesday 22 April 2014 by Bob Davis
Just in case you don’t know, the hardest one day road cycle race is Paris-Roubaix, run over roads in north west France and including badly broken cobbles or “pavé” on sections covering a quarter of the course. I have done the Velo Club Roubaix’s sportive over the course, held every two years, in 2012 over the shorter 120km, and plan to do the whole 210km in June. (BTW, I note one of our members, Fadil Mokchane, has done the ASO cyclosportive over 170km last weekend – chapeau Fadil!).
To coincide with this, there is a tradition of organised rides with off-road sections being run outside North London. Patrick Field organised a few in the 90s, more recently Rapha have put on events. The idea is to incorporate the Welwyn velodrome at Gosling stadium (Paris-Roubaix finishes at the Roubaix velodrome) and to be outside north London (Hell of the North, geddit?). Sunday’s was their fifth version. more »