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Old 12-18-16, 10:07 AM
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My first trip to Paris-Roubaix

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Me and 3 friends are at the moment planning a trip to northern France to watch Paris-Roubaix live for the first time in the spring of 2017. We will be staying in Lille from April 8 to April 10 and we have a car available so we can get back and forth from the cobbled sections. We are planning to park our car in the small village of Grand Bray just north of the Arenberg section and then walk down to watch the riders go by at this iconic stretch.

However, I was hoping that someone out there would like to share some experience on the practical and logistical aspect of watching Paris-Roubaix live. How is the conditions for spectators at the Arenberg for instance? Is it correctly understood that there is a big screen in the Arenberg village to watch the rest of the race and the possibility to buy food and beer etc? In the ideal scenario we would like to watch the race go by more than one place though and if possible even watch the finish at the velodrome in Roubaix. Is it, timewise, even possible to get back to Roubaix before the finish? And in that case is it even possible to get into the velodrome and get a suitable spot? If not, what other cobbled sectors would it make sense to pair with the Arenberg sector?

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Oh well. thanks ;-)
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You want to be in this order:
1 In the velodrome - and see juniors finish 1st.
2 On the junior segment (so the 2nd half of the pro race)
3 Someplace else

My son road the juniors in 2015. Same cobble route as the pros, they enter the velodrome before the pros - and as fast/faster than the pros (just without the 100 miles of pavement before the cobbles) doing 30-36 mph closing miles/laps.

The velodrome has big TVs, thousands watching, refreshments, exciting. You will see the winning juniors and the pros and a few laps on the velodrome.

Everything else is a big variable based on weather, attacks, etc.

The entire junior segment - FlyBy http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/...LuEMlJ8RCMcxQR
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You might drop in at Podium Café.com and ask there. A group of the regulars made the trip a couple of years ago.
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I'm a regular to this early season classic, (going this year) will be meeting up with a few locals I've made friends with over the years.

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Originally Posted by hobbs1951 View Post
I'm a regular to this early season classic, (going this year) will be meeting up with a few locals I've made friends with over the years.

Jon.
Sounds great Jon. Would you mind sharing some insider tips in regards to the questions in my first post? :-D
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With friends of mine in the UK, we went in 02 with their car . We were at the start, met some guys who left in a vehicle just after the start . We followed and saw some of the road sections . Then 2 cobble sections, and ended at Orchies outside of the village on hell cobbles with wet horse crap oozing from piles along the road . There was a big screen tv in Orchies . We watched the finish there, then drove to Roubaix . The crowds were gone, we got into the café and velodrome for pictures . The Arenberg trench area is kaos, if you have a bike ride it the days before the event, it's sooo very cool . Meet some locals, maybe with some wine and cheese, or a few beers to follow . We did the same thing at Flanders, saw several climbs, then ran for the cars . Driving to the next one .
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