Inspired by Paris-Roubaix
Sunday 23 April 2017
The Tour of the Black Country is an epic 100-mile (160km) event, taking in 30km of cobbled roads, stony farm tracks and bridleways in the West Midlands and Worcestershire, with a Roubaix-style velodrome finish. Fully revised for 2017 with 4 spectacular new unpaved sectors. Original 100km route option.
Inspired by the Tour of Flanders
Sunday 11 June 2017
The Cheshire Cobbled Classic is one of the toughest sportives in the country, at 100 miles long (160km), and featuring twelve cobbled sectors. Five cobbled climbs exceed 20% in gradient, including the infamous 45% max. Corkscrew - the steepest climb in the country. Original 100km route option.
Inspired by the Strade Bianche
Sunday 9 July 2017
The White Roads Classic is a 100-mile (160km) sportive that includes 18 sectors of white gravel and chalk roads totalling 30km on and around The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As challenging as the Italian Classic it is based on. Original 100km route option.
THE ROUBAIX SERIES
Monday 28 August 2017
Cardiff Roubaix is a pan-flat 100-mile (160km) Paris-Roubaix-inspired sportive. 11 gravel sectors and bridleways. Finishes on Cardiff's iconic Maindy Velodrome. Original 100km route option.
Sunday 17 Sep 2017
Reading Roubaix is a 100-mile (160km) Paris-Roubaix-style sportive with 13 gravel sectors in the Thames Valley & Chilterns. It finishes on the historic Palmer Park velodrome. Original 100km route option.
Sunday 1 Oct 2017
Liverpool Roubaix is a tough 100-mile (160km) Roubaix-inspired sportive. 10 unpaved/cobbled sectors and a finish on the spectacular new outdoor velodrome at Knowsley. Original 100km route option.
NEW 100-MILE ROUTES WITH ADDITIONAL COBBLED AND GRAVEL SECTORS. ALL EVENTS HAVE ORIGINAL 100KM ROUTES
The 100-mile distances, combined with the difficulty of the surfaces, make them among the very toughest in the UK. There will still be the option, however, to ride the shorter 100km route. While these events are inspired by classic European cycle races, they also have a recognisable British identity, rooted in the local landscapes and culture. Lapierre are the title sponsors of the Tour of the Black Country, the Cheshire Cobbled Classic and the White Roads Classic. Lapierre have provided bicycles for the French professional team FDJ for the last thirteen years. Bradley Wiggins rode Lapierre bicycles in the early years of his career. In 2014 FDJ riders on Lapierre bikes achieved podium placings in the Cobbled Classics, and in the Tour de France, where the 22-year-old Thibaut Pinot was third overall. FDJ place particular emphasis on the Cobbled Classics – and on Paris-Roubaix in particular – and the team is managed by two-time Paris-Roubaix winner Marc Madiot (1985, 1991), with 1997 winner Frederic Guesdon. The Tour of the Black Country sportive was rated as one of the Top 6 cycling events in the UK, together with the Fred Whitton, Ride London and the Tour de Yorkshire.
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