Roubaix 28 hours
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Roubaix 28 hour individual and 24 hour team relay
Qualifying race for Paris Alsace 2019
15th-16th September 2018: Parc Barbieux, Roubaix.
British athletes have competed in Roubaix in both the individual 28 hours and of late, the 24 hour team relay for decades. Ken and Bob Watts have notched upat least 29 years both competing and lap scoring for the event. Last year we had two athletes in the 28 hour race and only 1 relay team (but it did win the ladies team race)
Let's make 2018 a bumper event!
The race is, as ever, extremely well organised by CM Roubaix with Claude Lebon and his team at its' helm.
As any race organisers will know, they can only operate within the bounds of the local environment - local council, police and whatever is happening in the local vicinity. So sometimes things have to change at the last minute. If it does - details will posted on this website.
Getting to Roubaix
- car: Ferry to Dunkirk or Calais and just 90 minutes or so drive to Roubaix; or take the Shuttle to Calais for a faster journey ...
- Eurostar to Lille then tram or metro to Roubaix. The Ibis in Roubaix centre is just a few minutes walk from the metro.
The organisers take care of booking hotels (Ibis) for both Friday and Sunday (as long as you tell them your plans!).
You don't have to stay at the Ibis - but you will have to pay your own hotel bill if you don't.
Generally, a meal is provided for "foreign" athletes on Friday evening.
In 2017, the team relay paid 70 euros for accommodation at the Ibis in Wasquehal (2 rooms) dinner and hotel breakfast (for 3 people).
There is often some travel subsistence money (as long as qualifying distances have been reached and walkers cross the finish line at 24/28hours).
Parc Barbieux is a beautiful park just 3km or so outside the centre of Roubaix. A straight forward journey by car... and don't worry - lifts can be arranged! The park is also on the tram route from the Ibis.
The course within the park did change in 2017 from previous years - a much better course. Althoiugh this may change slightly again this year.
The race start times:
28 hours - 11:00
24 relay - 14:00
The presentation is on Sunday evening (previously at the magnificant Hotel de Ville in Roubaix) - 2018 details to be confirmed.
For the statistically minded - Guy Legrand has compiled an amazing list of all Roubaix performances.
- 107 men have walked more than 203km in 28 hours.
- 13 women have walked more than 203km in 28 hours.
Delighted to say many of these are Centurions.
Just watch this space!!!