Inspired by Paris-Roubaix
Sunday 23 April 2017
The Tour of the Black Country takes in 30km of cobbled roads, stony farm tracks and bridleways in the West Midlands and Worcestershire, and finishes in an outdoor Roubaix-style velodrome. Fully revised for 2017 with 4 spectacular new unpaved sectors. New 100-mile (160km) option, in addition to the original 100km route.
Inspired by the Tour of Flanders
Sunday 11 June 2017
The Cheshire Cobbled Classic is one of the toughest sportives in the country, featuring twelve cobbled sectors. Five cobbled climbs exceed 20% in gradient, including the infamous 45% max. Corkscrew - the steepest climb in the country. Choose the new 100-mile (160km) option or the original 100km route.
Inspired by the Strade Bianche
Sunday 9 July 2017
The White Roads Classic 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 Strade Bianche - the professional race it is based on. New 100-mile (160km) option , plus a shorter 100km route.
THE ROUBAIX SERIES
Monday 28 August 2017
Cardiff Roubaix is a pan-flat 100km Paris-Roubaix-inspired sportive. 11 gravel sectors and bridleways. Finishes on Cardiff's iconic Maindy Velodrome.
Sunday 17 Sep 2017
Reading Roubaix is a 100-km Paris-Roubaix-style sportive with 13 gravel sectors in the Thames Valley & Chilterns. It finishes on the historic Palmer Park velodrome.
Sunday 1 Oct 2017
Liverpool Roubaix is a tough 100km Roubaix-inspired sportive. 10 unpaved/cobbled sectors and a finish on the spectacular new outdoor velodrome at Knowsley.
In 2017, the Tour of the Black Country, Cheshire Cobbled Classic and White Roads Classic, will offer 100-mile route options for the first time, alongside the original 100 km distances. The 100-mile routes, in combination with the difficulty of the surfaces, will make these events among the very toughest in the UK. Even the shorter 100 km distances still pose a significant challenge. Although these events are inspired by classic European cycle races, they also have a recognizable 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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