Liverpool Roubaix - Route Details

Gravel/cobbled sectors, maps, profile and GPX file.



START Knowsley 
10   (10 km) Cut Lane 500m Gravel * * *
9   (11 km) Coach Road 900m Broken Tarmac * * *
8   (12 km) Mossborough Hall 700m Stony Gravel * * * *
7   (18 km) Berrington’s Lane 1200m Coarse Gravel * * * *
6   (26 km) Carr Mill 500m Gravel * * *
FEED Croft (52 km)
5   (54 km) Main Lane 700m Cobbles * * * * *
4   (77 km) Berrington’s Lane West 1200m Coarse Gravel * * * *
3   (86 km) Mossborough Hall West 700m Stony Gravel * * * *
2   (88 km) Coach Road South 900m Broken Tarmac * * *
1   (89km) Cut Lane West 500m Gravel * * *
FINISH Knowsley Velodrome
LR 2016 Profile

The rather flat profile of Liverpool Roubaix. Maximum elevation 108m. Total climb = 490m. Each horizontal division = approximately 10km. Full distance 100km.



The magnificent Leisure and Culture Park at Knowsley, which houses the new 400m velodrome. Classy.


Sculpture referencing Liverpool’s fishing and maritime heritage at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. Excellent swimming pool inside, if you fancy a post-ride dip.


Riders at the start of the 2015 Liverpool Roubaix.

FEED STATION – The General Elliot, Croft


The General Elliot Feed Station in Croft, at the half-way point, just before the difficult cobbled Sector 7 (Main Lane). Stock-up!


The General Elliot as it was a hundred years ago. The route of Liverpool Roubaix runs right in front of it, but the cobbles have long been removed. Note cyclist at bottom-right training for the 1922 Paris-Roubaix.

SECTOR 5:  Main Lane Cobbles – 700m  * * * * *


The excellent cobbled road to High Peak which features in the Liverpool Roubaix cyclosportive. As tough as the notorious Carrefour de l’Arbre sector of Paris-Roubaix?

Main Lane Kenyon

There are still a few old cobbled roads in the countryside around Liverpool.


A Google Streetview snapshot of the Main Lane cobbles, next to a field of oilseed rape.

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The lower part of the Main Lane cobbled sector passes into extremely bumpy potholed gravel, and is perhaps even more difficult than the cobbles themselves. Main Lane is the only five-starred sector on the route. Not to be underestimated. Riders may, at the end of this sector, loop back to the top of Main Lane for a second passage over the cobbles. Recommended.

SECTOR 6:  Garswood Old Road – 1400m  * * * *

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The open, Roubaix-like landscape of the Merseyside plain east of Liverpool.

SECTOR 4:  Berrington’s Lane – 1200m  * * * *


Coarse gravel road leading to Berrington’s Lane (Sector 4).

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The Berrington’s Lane Sector is rated with only four stars, but is not to be taken lightly. One of the toughest of the ten unpaved sectors.

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SECTOR 3:  Mossborough Hall Lane – 700m  * * * *


The coarse gravel at the start of the Mossborough Hall sector. A hint of underlying cobbles to the left?


The fantastic Mossborough Hall sector. Slightly downhill at about 2%, and best taken very fast in a high gear. A highlight of the route.

SECTOR 2:  Coach Road – 900m  * * *


The long, tree-lined broken tarmac of Sector 2 – The Coach Road through the Knowsley Estate.

SECTOR 1:  Cut Lane – 500m  * * *

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The final gravel sector – the short but bumpy Cut Lane, which threads its way around a group of farm buildings. After this sector, it’s just 10km back to the velodrome.


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The Entrance to Knowsley Hall and Safari Park, 3km from the finish of Liverpool Roubaix.


Mark Cavendish at Knowsley Hall – 2014 Tour of Britain.


Bradley Wiggins time-trials through Knowsley Safari Park en-route to winning the 2014 Tour of Britain.

FINISH – Knowsley Velodrome


An Individual Pursuit rider on Knowsley Velodrome.


Knowsley Velodrome. Riders complete a lap-and-a-half at the finish of the Liverpool Roubaix sportive. A bell will be sounded to indicate one lap to go.

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Knowsley Velodrome – opened in 2013. If you are unsure about tackling the banking, simply ride around the bottom.


Wirral native Chris Boardman at Knowsley Velodrome.


Google Map

2016 Google Map

Ordnance Survey 1:50 000 Maps



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