Paris- Roubaix Information

2017 Almonte Paris-Roubaix Sportif Ride:   Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Start Location: Almonte Arena (182 Bridge Street, Almonte)
Ride Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Distances: Classic Route 80 km, Short Route 40 km

Like its inspiration, the 28th Ottawa Valley Paris-Roubaix Cyclosportif mixes well paved roads with abominations. The route includes mud, gravel, sand, rocks, unmaintained roads, woodlots and one switchback climb. The classic route is about 80 kilometres. A shorter 40 km is an option for riders and includes 3 woodlots. Note: U15 and U17 riders are eligible to ride only the 40 km route, and must have an adult riding with them.  U19 riders may choose either route, but if age 16 must have an adult riding with them.

This is a cyclosportif ride, not a race. The roads are open to other users. All traffic laws, including stopping at stop signs and staying to the right, apply to all riders at all times. Marshals may stop or delay riders for safety reasons. Any rider who disobeys their instructions will be immediately removed from the event.

There will be no motorized support, partly because some of the roads are not passable for motor vehicles. We strongly recommend that riders choose cycling equipment for its robustness, not its lightness. Any kind of bicycle may be used, although cyclocross bikes with large section road tires (at least 28 mm wide) are generally the best choice. Fixed gear bicycles must be equipped with at least a front working brake as is required under the Highway Traffic Act. Tribars are not allowed. It is each rider’s personal responsibility to ensure that their bicycle is legal and safe for road use in Ontario.

All riders must carry a working pump and at least two spare inner tubes. Tubular tire users should have at least two spare tires or one tire and an aerosol patching inflator. A cell phone is an excellent item to carry for calling for help if necessary.

Helmets are required at all times, including during warm-up.

For the safety of other riders and to avoid congestion, personal or team following vehicles are not permitted. Any riders or members of teams who violate this rule will be disqualified.

The only store along the route that will be open is at Clayton, but it is very close to the finish. Some riders will take nearly 4 hours to complete the ride, so riders must carry sufficient food and drink for their ride. Note: due to the rough route, be sure that your water bottles and pumps are well affixed to you and/or your bike.

Draw Prizes

There will be a number of draw prizes given out. They will be presented to winning draw prize riders before the ride. You will be notified ahead by email if you are a draw winner, however you must pick up your prize indoors at registration by 7:30 a.m.

Volunteers Needed

We need several volunteers for marshalling during the ride. If you or someone you know can help, please e-mail Bob Woods at:



Registration will be online only. There will be NO in-person registration session. There will be an early number pick up session to be held at Euro-sports for those who wish to have their numbers before the morning of the ride. We strongly encourage you to attend this session in order to save time on Sunday morning.

No single day permits are available for this ride. All entrants must hold either a valid 2017 UCI Racing License or a 2017 Ontario Cycling Association Citizen Permit. All riders must present proof of their UCI license or OCA Citizen Permit to the registrars at the in-person number pickup session at Euro-sports or on the morning of the ride to receive their numbers.

Those who are waiting to receive their UCI Racing License or Citizen Permit need to present a proof of purchase or an e-mail from their provincial association noting that they have permission to enter the event. This can be either a paper copy or the email on a smart phone. Citizen Permits, which are valid for the entire season, will only be available online through the OCA. There will be no Citizen Permits sold on site.

Note: Riders 16 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for them during the ride. A parent or legal guardian must be present at number pick up to sign a waiver for all riders who are under the age of 19.

Online Registration is now open.

Online registration will be through Once open, it will close at midnight Wednesday, April 26th. This is a firm time. If you have not registered by then, you are not in. Do not wait until the last minute to register in case you have problems! Online registrations will be acknowledged by return email from CCN Bikes. If you do not hear back from them, they did not receive your registration, and you are not registered. Please let me (Bob) know immediately if there are issues.

Important to note: There are no refunds.   After April 26th, you cannot change your choice of route.  Previous to that, you can change only if there are spots available and by contacting Bob Woods directly.

Number pickup

There will be two opportunities for you to pick up your numbers:

  • 1. At our early number pick up session at Euro-sports on Friday, April 28th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. Note: Euro-sports is now located at 13 Bulman Street in their old location close to Parkdale and Scott. (phone: 613-422-5616). This will save you precious time the morning of the ride, so please take advantage of it if you can. You will also be required to check in on ride morning so that we know exactly who is riding, but check in will be a very quick procedure.
  • 2. On Sunday morning of the ride at the Almonte Arena starting at 6:00 am and ending at 7:30 am.  Please allow sufficient time.

NO Late Registration:  There is NO late registration and NO day–of registration.

Entry Fee: $20 all categories, plus an online registration processing fee.

Route Map: The 2017 maps (pdf format and gpx files) are available for downloading on the Paris-Roubaix map page.  As well, paper copies will be available at registration.   Note: as the route is the same as last year, the gpx files are labelled 2016.


U15 (born 2003 – 2004)  eligible for 40 km route only and must have an adult riding with them
U17 (born 2001 – 2002)  eligible for 40 km route only and must have an adult riding with them
U19/Junior (born 1999 – 2000)  If age 16 on date of ride, must have adult riding with them.
Senior (born 1988 – 1998)
Master A (M&F) (born 1978 – 1987)
Master B (M&F) (born 1968 – 1977)
Master C (M&F) (born 1958 – 1967)
Master D Men (born 1948 – 1957)
Master D Women (born 1957 and earlier)
Master E Men (born 1947 and earlier)

If you have any questions please email Bob Woods at: