Jan 11, 2003 9:37 PM
|I am considering taking a trip to Europe in April. I would like to try to catch the Paris-Roubaix. I was wondering if anyone out there has made the trip and would have a suggestion on places to view and stay. I would obviously like to see one or more of the cobblestone sections. I would probably stay in Belgium somewhere but am not sure yet.
Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
|If you go, take lots of pics for us.||eyebob|
Jan 12, 2003 6:51 AM
|And don't forget about the Belgian Beer.
|If you go, take lots of pics for us.||Alpedhuez55|
Jan 12, 2003 11:10 AM
|I will be sure to do both!!! I want to visit a Trappist Brewery or two when in Belgium.
Eyebob, can you please email me at Alpedhuez55@aol.com We have had a few heated exchanges on the non cycling board. I do not want to get into a flame war or have it turn personal. You do not live far from me. Maybe we will have the chance ride together this summer and then talk politics a couple of Belgian Beers. I know we will not agree on much other than Belgian Ale, but that does not mean we should not be able to get along.
|re: Paris Roubaix||merckx56|
Jan 12, 2003 7:26 AM
|Stay in Kortrijk. It's roughly in the center of all the spring classic action. Rent a little car, in advance as there won't be any when you get there, and go to the end of the Arenberg Forest. The end is close to the autoroute for the mad dash to Roubaix to see the finish. Look up a guy, in Kortrijk, named Steve Snowling. He's an Englishman and used to wrench for Telekom in the 80's and early 90's. Take him out for a pint, or 8, and he'll tell you everything you need to know! He also co-wrote one of the greatest books about bicycle mechanics ever produced.
Take old boots to wear, because they'll get muddy and really f'ed up.
|re: Paris Roubaix||rollo tommassi|
Jan 12, 2003 7:46 AM
|yes, Kortrijk is very nice, and several teams are based there for the Classics. But, the trains are so easy you can stay just about anywhere - Gent, Brussel (by TGV, Lille is only an hour away)
I was on vacation last year in Belgium
Here's my shameless plug: http://www.geocities.com/abarnes_us
We spent the afternoon at the velodrome (no entry fee!), and it has a giant television screen. Just about any cafe along the route will have the race on too. Go on in, order a Maes, and make new friends!
When there, check out the sports section in the newspapers, they will publish a full page route map, showing all the pave. I'll have to look at my copy to suggest an area that you can see more than one passage of the race. this usually involves a madcap road rally or running across muddy fields!
we had a blast, and I'm sure you will too.
|Thanks to the replies||Alpedhuez55|
Jan 12, 2003 11:34 AM
|Thanks for the information. It sounds like the Arenberg Forest then driving to the Velodrome is what what I was hoping to be able to do. Rollo, your site is fantastic.
I will start researching in more depth. There is a chance I may go to Gent-Wevelgem as well. It depends on how much vacation time & money I have. My company has just announced layoffs which could have a bearing on the trip as well but it should not effect me directly. The trip is only in the planning stages right now. It sounds like it is well worth the trip though and would be remembered for many years.