the challenging route

the challenging route

a ‘bucket list’ type of challenge – 535 km

We made this route impossible to resist for experienced cyclists. It’s just the right combination of challenge, adventure, celebrity wattage, and bucket-list bravado. You should have done at least 2,000 km of riding in the last three months to be able to cover 570 km in four days, across some very challenging terrain.

1st day 137 km
from citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle to Saint Quentin

The route starts in Paris at citizenM Charles de Gaulle. Tour de France finish line has been here for 106 years, and on Avenue des Champs-Élysées since 1975. 

One of Tour de France winners is Joop Zoetemelk, he will join us for this first day of cycling. 

Fun fact: you’ll spend the last 25 km of the first day on the same Saint Quentin road as Tour de France 2012. Saint Quentin is also the place where André Greipel won a Stage 5 sprint in the 2012 Tour de France. 

2nd day 140 km
from Saint Quentin to Roubaix

On the second day, you’ll follow the route of the famous Paris-Roubaix one-day professional men’s race. This is where experienced cyclists will find a real challenge: a number or cobblestone areas. There will be between three to six cobblestone strips of approximately 1 km each. Before the finish, there will be a final strip of 300 meters. 

Fun fact: the day will finish in the same place as the finish of Paris-Roubaix. We’ll also pass Compiègne, where Paris-Roubaix starts. In 2014, the Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra won the Paris-Roubaix race. 

3rd day 150 km
from Roubaix to Antwerp

The stage to Antwerp, where the Tour de France started in 2015, is also a tough route that hosts the Tour of Flanders. It’s famous for climbs called Oude Kwaremont, Paterberg and Kortekeer, and another cobbled strip called Paddestraat. Experienced cyclists will enjoy the tough combination of height and cobblestones. 

Fun fact: Johan Museeuw, winner of the Tour of Flanders in 1993, 1995, and 1998, rides this stage with us.

4th day 108 km
from Antwerp to Rotterdam

Last stage to Rotterdam, where in 2010 the Tour started with a prologue won by Fabian Cancellara. This is a flat stage you’ll surely enjoy… unless the wind gets in the way!