Eight years of hell – Sunday 9th April 2017

Every year, Rapha pays homage to Paris-Roubaix – also known as the Hell of the North – with a 100km ride over some of the meanest gravé* sections in Hertfordshire, north of London in England.

This year, Rapha will pitch riders against another testing parcours on Sunday 9th April before heading back to watch the race proper in a pub. The course may have changed over the eight years since the first Rapha Hell of the North, but the ethos remains the same: to experience challenging riding terrain in the early season springtime and celebrate the world’s most notorious one day race.

*gravé (noun)

  • (an area of) farm track/road/footpath/bridleway etc. which consists of potholes, loose paving, stones, rubble, and mud.



Hell of the North Jersey


Hell of the North Musette

Sign up

There are 300 spaces for this year’s ride, with 200 allocated to the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) and 100 available to the public. All UK-registered RCC members will be sent an email on March 9th at noon with the ticket link. RCC members can purchase spaces on a first come first served basis. Not a member of the RCC? Find out more.

The remaining 100 public tickets are drawn by a random lottery. Riders will be able to enter the lottery via a form on this page that will go live at 2pm on March 9th. Entries will be open for 24 hours. The lucky 100 riders will be informed by March 17th. Any unclaimed places will be redrawn until every space is filled.


Tickets to ride this year’s Rapha Hell of the North are priced at £15 and include a special edition Hell of the North cap (handed out at the beginning of the ride), free sustenance at the feed stop, as well as Belgian beer and frites at the finish / pub.

Hell of the North VIII collection

In celebration of Paris-Roubaix and our annual tribute ride, Rapha presents a special edition collection comprising a jersey, cap, socks and musette. Coming in late March.


When and where does the ride start?

Sign on will open at 8.45am at Pond Square, Highgate, with riders setting off at two minute intervals from then onwards. The ride finishes at a pub in Whetstone (location to be divulged closer to the day).

Can I download a GPX of the route?

Yes, this year we will be sending participants a .gpx file a few days before the ride. The entire route will be sign posted, but we recommend uploading the .gpx file to your bike computer as a backup.

Will there be a feed stop?

Yes, there will be a feed stop at halfway on the course, with coffee, pastries, fruit and 100% natural ride bars and bites, provided by Veloforte. All participants will be given a beer and bag of frites on arrival at the finish too.

Is the ride supported?

There will be ride food by Veloforte provided at the start for all riders, but the ride itself is not supported and we recommend taking at least two inner tubes, some food and plenty of water. We also recommend riding wide tyres, at least 25-27mm and with robust puncture protection.

Can I park in Highgate?

There is a lot of residential parking in Highgate, most of which is without charge on Sunday. However, we cannot guarantee availability of parking on any particular road.