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Paris - Roubaix- Arenberg Forest

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Captainwull, 12 Jan 2018.

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  1. Captainwull

    Captainwull Active Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Hello,
    I've decided not to do Flanders this year. I want to see what the Arenberg Forest is like during Paris - Roubaix.
    Has anyone been? I could use some advice like where to stay and if there is a decent big screen to watch the race unfold anywhere near the forest.

    Thank you
     
  2. jxd08

    jxd08 New Member

    We stayed in an Ibis is Lille last year. There is a huge screen and laods of bars, food, party atmosphere at the start of the Arenberg. If you ride it, then say a prayer before that segment as it's horrific.....! We found it was a great place to watch.
     
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  3. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Location:
    Netherlands
    Roubaox itself is a bit of a dump. Better to base yourself in Lille.
     
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  4. Bollo

    Bollo Chaaaaaa!

    Location:
    Winch
    I’ve not done Roubaix but my main ride crony went to the velodrome finish a couple of years ago. Great atmosphere, but yes, a dump.

    I rode a section of the cobbles when I went to watch the 2014 TdF. Admittedly I did it with a cycle trailer in the rain, but it was the single most hellish experience I’ve ever had on a bike.
     
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  5. A few years ago, we went on one of the Graham Baxter Sporting Tours; to watch Paris-Roubaix

    We did see Arenburg, it was a fairly dry race, but it looked brutal
    All you see on TV, but amplified

    You can hear those bikes complaining. the chain-slap is horrendous
     
  6. Apollonius

    Apollonius Über Member

    Been to see the race a couple of times on the organised tour. Superb value and all the work is done for you. It is a bit hit and miss as to what you see as it is tough going chasing a bike race by coach, but you get to the start, some cobbles, and if your luck is in the finish in the Velodrome. All for about £200!
     
  7. I think it was about '94 - '95?