As I am now a fully fledged cobble obsessive, I just had to try this sportive. What a great day I have had! It had it’s perverse moments and punctures but heh, that’s all part of the fun. The 100km route took in a mixture of bridleways, roads and the infamous Waltonberg cobbled climb. At 22% the Waltonberg is not for the faint hearted but for me was a high light of the trip. I have been well and truly assimulated into the ‘cobble lovers’ club.
Sticking with the Paris- Roubaix theme, the feed stations had a distinct French feel with crossiants and pain au chocolate. The finish even included a sprint round the velodrome Roubaix style.
I have to say the whole experience made me smile. We had played at being Paris- Roubaix riders for the morning and the final icing on the cake was a flute of bubbly as we went over the line.
What a great, well organised event that offered something different. I will most definitely be there again next year. Can’t really recommend it enough!