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2016 Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege Sportives Open for Entries

by Nick Gregory

Earlier this month entries opened for the 2016 Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege Sportives. 

The amateur versions of two of the most prestigious one-day Classics in professional cycling take place the days before their more famous counterparts - Paris-Roubaix on 9 April and L-B-L on 23 April 2016. 

You can take up the challenge in northern France or the Belgian Ardennes and tackle the very same roads as the pros just 24 hours before you watch the likes of Cancellara, Degenkolb, Valverde and Dan Martin show us how it's really done. 

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Both events made it into Cyclosport's list of Top 5 Pro Race Sportives.

For fans of the professional sport, the sportive - pro-race weekender takes some beating. As does the price, with entries ranging from just €20 to €40 depending on the length of course you take on. However, entries are limited and prices will go up on 15 January 2016. 

Paris-Roubaix - or 'the Hell of the North' as it is often referred to - is a unique challenge. Get ready to go beyond your limits with three routes on offer: 70km, 141km and 163km. The longest of these includes every section of cobbles on the pro race route. 

The Queen of the Classics is famous for mythical cobbled sectors such as the Trouée d'Arenberg and the Carrefour de l'Arbre. During the sportive these sectors will be timed so riders can compare their speeds against the pros. 

The highlight, however, is the incredible experience and unique atmosphere of finishing in the legendary Roubaix velodrome. You can even clean up in the famous rider showers at the track - complete with plaques commemorating every winner in the race's history. 

Cyclosport's Nick Gregory tackled the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix in 2014. Read his full review HERE.

By contrast to the flat plains of northern France, Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a much hillier affair. The race is known as 'La Doyenne', which means the old lady, owing to the fact that it is the oldest one day race in professional cycling. 

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Set in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes, prepare to tackle more hills than you can shake a stick at. The race is known to grind even the most hardened of professional riders down over its 273km duration. 

Again three routes are on offer (75km, 156km and 273km) for sportive riders and there is little time for respite as the climbs, some of which are also timed, come thick and fast. 

Cyclosport's Caven O'Hara took part in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Challenge earlier this year. Read his full review HERE. 

Read our full guide to the Spring Classics HERE

For more information visit the Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege Challenge websites.





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