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ASO announces Paris-Roubaix cyclosportive

  • By Neal Rogers
  • Published Jul. 7, 2010
  • Updated Oct. 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM EDT

Could be you.

Tour de France owner Amaury Sport Organisation announced Tuesday that it is preparing a Paris-Roubaix cyclosportive for next year.

The event will be held Saturday, April 9, the day before Paris-Roubaix, starting in Saint-Quentin, along the same route and utilizing the same cobbled sectors as the Queen of the Classics.

Several different distances will be available for amateur participants of varying abilities. The finishing line for all will be in the Roubaix Velodrome, just 24 hours before cycling’s elite riders bring the crowds.

It’s not ASO’s first venture into mass-participation events; every July the race organizers offer up an organized ride along a marquee stage of the Tour.

This year on Sunday, July 18, riders will embark on the Etape du Tour Mondovélo, covering the route of this year’s stage 14 from Pau to the Col du Tourmalet.

Registration for the Roubaix cyclosportive opens in September.

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Neal Rogers

Neal Rogers

Neal Rogers is editor in chief of Velo magazine and VeloNews.com. An interest in all things rock 'n' roll led him into music journalism while attending UC Santa Cruz, on the central coast of California. After several post-grad years spent waiting tables, surfing, and mountain biking, he moved to San Francisco, working as a bike messenger, and at a software startup. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2001, taking an editorial internship at VeloNews. He never left. When not traveling the world covering races, he can be found riding his bike, skiing, or attending a concert.

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