This year's Paris-Roubaix Challenge, originally scheduled for April, will now go ahead in October 2021 organisers have confirmed.
2021 will see the 11th edition of the sportive take place on Saturday 2 October, the day before the rescheduled Paris-Roubaix pro race. Entries are now open at www.timeto.com.
Paris-Roubaix is one of cycling's five Monuments: a highlight of the cycling calendar, with a notoriously tough course that takes in numerous sections of roughly cobbled country roads.
Each year thousands of cycling fans emulate their heroes by riding a sportive on the same iconic course the day before the race. The return of this year's edition, which was cancelled earlier in the year amid the ongoing pandemic, means three of cycling's biggest Spring Classic sportives will now be packed into a busy autumn that sees Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Flanders take place in September.
For 2021, in light of the pandemic the Paris-Roubaix organisers have cut the 170km long route; instead, riders can choose from three distances of 145km, 107km or 70km. All three routes will start and finish in Roubaix, ending in a lap of the famous Roubaix Velodrome.
Entries for Paris-Roubaix typically sell out fast, but with the rescheduling of this year's edition and ongoing uncertainty over travel there are still currently entries available for each distance.
Early-bird entry starts at €26 for the 70km route, €34 for the 107km distance and €40 for the 145km option.
Prices will rise (albeit only by around €5; click here for schedule) on 6 July and again on 15 September, so it's worth booking early to secure your place at the best rate.
The organisers are offering 100% refund of entry fees in the event the ride should be cancelled because of Covid.
Find out more and enter at www.timeto.com.