On Sunday October 25th 2020, Armidale Cycling Club is proud to once again host the annual Thunderbolt Roubaix – our very own Hell of the North and a tribute to the similarly-named event held on the same day in Northern Europe.
Although the actual race scheduled for the same day has recently succumbed to COVID-19, there will be no stopping our local version, and we come back bigger and better than ever before as we swap the velodrome finish for drinks & lunch at the Great Hops Brewery.
The ride will depart at 8am from Bullen’s Bike Shop, and we anticipate finishing up at the Great Hops around 12.30pm. Using an adapted version of the usual 96KM route as last year, riders will face a number of tough ‘cobbled’ sectors across dirt tracks with enough potholes and corrugations to work up a suitable thirst. As we head back towards Armidale, we take on 2 new gravel sectors – Knobs Hill & Burns Road, before we reach our final destination.
This is a social no-drop club group ride, with the pace set accordingly! Due to the bumpy parcours make sure your tyres are suitably robust, and every rider should look to carry a spare inner-tube irrespective of tyre setup.
Post-ride drinks & lunch are optional, but due to Covid restriction we have a limited number of spots (max 20) booked so please register online HERE if you want to join us for lunch no later than Wed 21st October.
If just planning to enjoy the ride and skip the post-ride drink, you can just turn up on the day – there is no requirement to register online.
Whatever happens, it’s sure to be another fantastic day so lock in the date, fatten up your tyres, and lets have a fantastic club day out!
Check out this write-up from a previous year if you’re unsure about what you’re getting involved with!