PARIS-ROUBAIX

All hail The Queen of the Classics. You could argue that Paris-Roubaix isn’t the most beautiful in terms of scenery, but there’s no denying that, even with its images of cobbled brutality, there are moments of sublime beauty in this race. And come April 10th, this Queen will crown a new King.

ROUTE SCOUT

PARIS-ROUBAIX

All hail The Queen of the Classics. You could argue that Paris-Roubaix isn’t the most beautiful in terms of scenery, but there’s no denying that, even with its images of cobbled brutality, there are moments of sublime beauty in this race. And come April 10th, this Queen will crown a new King.

Paris-Roubaix is a race that demands a lot of preparation. The better you are prepared, and the calmer you can be in the race, the smoother everything goes and the less worries you have, the better your performance will be. So, it takes those 365 days to get ready.

Tom Boonen, four-time Paris-Roubaix winner

It’s hard. Everybody says it. The cobbles are hard, the conditions are hard, and it’s hard not to love it for exactly these reasons. It has everything—the young guns attempting to usurp the old guard; cobbled sectors ranging in condition from “OK” to “Oh-crap,” and the kind of suffering that turns riders into heroes or disappointed DNFers. This race is special.

This year, Route Scout explores the things that make us love this monument and the riders who also can’t resist the call, plus it shows you how to honor the race in the only way that matters—by riding your bike.