The Queen of the Classics – Paris Roubaix is one of the oldest and most gruelling one day race in the world.  For over 100 years it has forced it’s participants to ride from the south to the North over abandoned farm roads, in a bid to hold aloft a trophy of a single cobble stone.

Melburn Roobaix is furthest thing from a race, in distance, speed or spirit.  While the cobbles feature heavily, and the ride also concludes in a velodrome, this is a day to rekindle the wonder of your youth spent exploring the neighbourhood, hanging out with friends, making new ones and discovering a part of the city you never knew existed.

Dress up, ride whatever you like, the wilder the better with prizes awarded to the ‘cutest couple’ and the ‘most awesome foursome’.  Other prizes to be won are for ‘craziest contraption’, ‘dirtiest rider’ and ‘Spirit of Roobaix’ – you can even ‘Win your weight in Beer’ thanks to Temple Brewing.


If you’ve never experienced this version of A Sunday in Hell – have a gander below at the pictures and video from years gone by, or examine the pool of awesome images from the #melburnroobaix tag,

When is Melburn Roobaix?

Always the last Sunday in June. 

Sunday 25 June 2017

Blast from the past

From the leafy east riders assembled for the bumpy pilgrimage to Brunswick.   The sun doesn’t always shine on the riders, but the grins are always wide.   Whatever you decide to ride in, or ride on is up to you.  Gather your grupetto and start preparing for the best ride of the year.


Like a cup of Early Grey to start the dat, the moving picture by Oolong Eddy captures the vibe perfectly.