Bike company offer the chance to ride the route and see the pros

Canyon are offering the chance to win a weekend at Paris-Roubaix with former winner, Il Gladiatore, Andrea Tafi.

There will be four draw winners, and if you’re one of them you’ll head out to France on Friday, 8 April and join Andrea Tafi for dinner. If you’ve got any sense, you’ll pick up some tips on how to handle the cobbles from the man himself, who won the toughest Classic of them all back in 1999.

The following day, you get to take on the 140km timed ride on the route of the Hell of the North. And then, on the Sunday, you get taken to cheer on the Canyon-sponsored Omega Pharma-Lotto team in the professional race.

The winners will each receive a bike to ride, full mechanical support, with accommodation and food throughout the weekend.

It sounds like a hell of a prize to us; got to be worth a punt. A couple of the road.cc team have ridden the route and we can tell you that the pavé is an experience you’ll never forget… in a good way (once the bruises have gone).

Get along to Canyon’s website and answer the compo question to enter. If you don’t know the answer… well, you might want to look around the site. The closing date for entries is 24 March. Good luck.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.