Experience an incredible day at Paris-Roubaix - only with Thomson!
VIP race viewing of the Start, a cobble sector and the Velodrome Finish of the “Hell of the North,” Paris-Roubaix!
Bienvenue en France!
Our trip starts at Lille Europe Train Station where our staff will be there to welcome you. From the train station we’ll have a short transfer to our hotel. Our staff will review the exciting weekend ahead in our Orientation meeting then we’ll enjoy a typical lunch at the hotel restaurant.
After lunch you’ll have chance to explore Lille, founded in the 11th century and influenced by several cultures over the centuries before at last becoming French. See the evidence the Flemish, Burgundian and Spanish left on the city in Lille’s varied architectural styles, including the old city, the Grand Palace, the Town Hall and belfry and the Fine Arts Museum.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:30am at Lille Europe TGV Railway Station.
Tour of Flanders Museum
Today we’ll visit the famous Flanders museum and Oudenaarde, where the Tour of Flanders finished last weekend. The museum is a must for cycling fans - the entrance hall has each winner’s name displayed on its own cobblestone, an excellent gift shop and is steeped in history. See how cyclists used their bikes in WWI, walk through the history of the classics and try your hand at the cobbles! There’s heaps of memorabilia; from Eddy Merckx’s bike and Johan Museeuw’s Mapei jersey, to a bust of Tommy Simpson and an old-school Flandria team car. After lunch in the Peloton Café and a short stop in Oudenaarde we will head to the Velodrome in Roubaix! We’ll try get access to the famous showers, photo opportunities and enjoy the amazing atmosphere as thousands of amateur cyclists complete the Roubaix Gran Fondo.
LIVE RACE VIEWING - Paris-Roubaix
VIP Start & Velodrome Finish
Could you even think of a better final full day than this? You’re going to watch the legendary Paris Roubaix!
We’ll leave early and drive to the start where we’ll have breakfast in the VIP lounge and have access to the exclusive team warm-up and sign-on area! Watch the bikes being prepped, the cyclists warming up and passing by just inches from you, as crowds stand behind barriers and you’re in the paddock with the teams. A spectators favourite!
As the riders head off we’ll get in our private vehicle with its VIP sticker, allowing us to drive on the closed race roads. We’ll have a mid-race stop to watch the cyclists come past on the cobbles, then we’ll head up to the velodrome. In our VIP Classics Club we can watch the race on giant screens, enjoy the free canapés and open bar, and get ready to see the cyclists as they head into the velodrome. A once in a lifetime experience!
Until next time…
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Lille Europe TGV Railway Station. From here you can catch a high-speed train to Paris downtown or to CDG airport.