United Kingdom · April 7 2024

A DAY IN HELL LONDON 2024

Sunday 7 April. Our ode to the last great madness of cycling; take on local bridleways and byways in honour of Roubaix.

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Overview

A Day in Hell translates the agony and the ecstasy of the cobbles to north London as we take on the finest 'gravé'. Gravé is defined as: "(an area of) farm track/road/footpath/bridleway etc. which consists of potholes, loose paving, stones, rubble, and mud." Starting from Rapha Clubhouse in Soho with coffee, riders will head out north into Hertfordshire for a classic 112km of mixed-terrain riding. The Rapha H Van will be present to refuel you halfway round and at the end of it all, riders will finish at Rapha Works for frites, beers and a chance to watch the pros do their magic with a screening of the final kilometres of the men's race. It is worth bearing in mind that gravé is not gravel. A Day in Hell has been built in tribute to a time long before gravel bikes and wide tyre clearances were commonplace, and features less off-road than a typical gravel route, with non-tarmac sectors making up less than a third of the 112km route.

Highlights

GRAVÉ

GRAVÉ

Get closer to Roubaix with a mix of bridleways and byways, concrete and cobbles as we simulate the infamous secteurs.

CONTROL POINTS

CONTROL POINTS

While you might not have a team car, you'll be looked after. You'll be provided with coffee and pastries before the ride and a control point halfway with another caffeine hit and snacks will keep you fuelled.

RACE VIEWING

RACE VIEWING

All riders will get the chance to watch the pros do what they do best, with a race viewing of Paris-Roubaix and post-ride refreshments and food included in entry.

What's Included

What's Included

Route GPX

Pre-Ride Coffee

Styrkr Ride Food

Race Viewing

Bike Wash

Post-Ride Frites and Beer

Halfway Support Stop

Signage

Ride Leaders

Broom Wagon

Mechanic

FAQ's

No, this route will not be signposted. A GPX route will be shared the week of the event, you must download this route to a GPS device such as a Wahoo or Garmin to follow the route.

No, the start will be from the Rapha Clubhouse in Soho, whilst the finish will be at Rapha Works, where we will have bike wash facilities.

All registered riders will receive their route guidance, GPX files and other pertinent information one week before the event date.

This route includes cobbles, cobbled climbs, gravel, bridleway, mud and other such unpaved terrain. Please expect your average speed to be lower than usual on a road ride and be aware that changing weather conditions, rider density and farm traffic may make some sections more difficult.

All of our routes have been test ridden and are designed to be 28c passable. However, definitions of this may vary and we recommend a little wider, such as 32-35c. You undertake to ride any route at your own risk to you and your equipment. 

No, there will not be dedicated parking at either venue, and the start and finish locations are different, so we recommend travelling by other modes of transport if possible.

Sign on will be from 8am, with route briefing and set off from 8.30am on the day.

This will depend on your average speed and how long you stop for. We would expect the route to take around 4-5 hours on average.


A DAY IN HELL LONDON 2024

United Kingdom

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Reviews

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All (the riders) have that slightly dazed look from a hard morning’s ride but they’ve somehow skipped the pebbledashing of dirt. There are also plenty of big, Cheshire Cat grins; sure, the route has put us through the wringer, but the well-balanced mix of quiet country lanes and off-road sectors combined to create something of a north London gravel wonderland.

Charlie Allenby- Cycling Weekly