The end of the summer holidays saw four of our intrepid youth riders setting off at the crack of dawn (actually, before that – ed.) to take on some of the toughest terrain that pro riders will ever have to face – the infamous cobbles of northern France, home of the mighty Paris-Roubaix race, also known as ‘The Hell of the North’.
The excitement was palpable as the iconic velodrome approached, with the big question being ‘Is it open, and can we ride around it?’
After a couple of laps we could almost hear the crowds screaming their names, but it was time to hit the pavé. Camphin en Pévèle was a mere warm-up before tackling the brutal five star sector of Carrefour de l’Arbre. The tyre pressure calculations made on the journey all worked out and all riders made it back to the velodrome without a puncture in sight.
Keep an eye out here or on the Rovers Youth Facebook page for plans for any future trips – we already have some in mind!