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Paris Roubaix 2014 - 13/05/2014 - Le départ de la 112e édition de Paris Roubaix © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
Compiègne, a sporting, modern and historical city
Compiègne is a sporting city! It brings together more than eleven thousand enthusiasts who are members of sporting federations and boasts specific facilities for each discipline. The forest which completely surrounds the city encourages them to freely play outdoor sports on a regular basis. A total of seven races are organised in the city or the forest throughout the year. In 2009, the French sports newspaper L'Equipe awarded the trophy of France's most sporting city to Compiègne.
Every year, the start of the “Queen of the Classics” marks the return of spring. The day before the race, the Paris-Roubaix Fair which is organised by the Sports Office of the Urban Area of the Region of Compiègne, will be held in the prestigious setting of the Saint-Nicolas rooms, the city's former “Hotel Dieu” (the name previously given to the main hospital in French towns). Antique-hunters always find rare items there to complete their cycling collections.
On Saturday afternoon, the presentation of the riders, will allow all the fans to see their champions, while the clubs' village will bring together children and adults who will be able to try out the BMX course and admire the amazing jumps of the dirt bike riders.
The nocturnal race on Saturday evening will take place in front of enthusiastic spectators in the city centre, on an urban circuit featuring many areas where the riders will be able to accelerate, making Compiègne the capital of cycling for a weekend.
A dynamic technology park
The Université Technologique de Compiègne and the technological cluster have promoted Compiègne both nationally and internationally, making it economically attractive. The teaching and research hub is open to the economic world and carries out many studies. The Urban Area of the Region of Compiègne is supporting the creation of an innovation centre which will open in 2014 whose aim is to encourage projects to allow them to be developed to the prototype stage. It also supports the P.I.V.E.R.T., an institute of excellence in phytochemistry the leader in this field, which opens up new possibilities for post-oil chemistry.
Its monuments bear witness to the city's rich past: Saint-Corneille Abbey, Saint-Jacques and Saint-Antoine Churches, the King's Great Stables and the Late Gothic town hall. Since the time of the Merovingians, the city has been a royal seat: Louis XV, Napoleon and Napoleon III in particular were involved in the construction of the current château. It was in the clearing of the same name that the Armistice was signed in 1918.
The Internment and Deportation Memorial is a moving tribute to the forty five thousand victims, political internees, members of the Resistance, American and Russian civilians and Jews who were deported from Compiègne to the Nazi concentration camps.
For over a century, news of Paris-Roubaix has occupied the world's airwaves, carrying with it the image of the riders' effort, determination and courage. Because the Hell of the North can lead to Heaven, today Roubaix offers a great deal more than just being the finish town for those who wish to discover it.
At the turn of the 20th century, Roubaix was the world's textile capital. After the industrial crisis of the 1970s and 80s, it rebuilt its economic success around both new industries and those reflecting the rich history of the town: fashion, e-commerce, business and tourism, as well as media and innovative textiles through the Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (CETI).
A town of art and history
With around 43,000 jobs, plus 10,000 students and a new campus to open soon near the station, Roubaix has also developed a rich and innovative cultural fabric. La Piscine Museum, the Condition Publique Cultural Centre, the Colisée Concert Hall, the Conservatory, the Oiseau-Mouche Company, the Olivier Dubois Choreographic Centre, La Braderie de l'Art, La Nuit des Arts, the Maison des Modes, the Accordeon Festival and the Festival de l'Amitié et de la Citoyenneté represent the many very popular venues or events located in Roubaix. Recognised as a town of art and history, Roubaix's stunningly rich architectural heritage sets it apart and it also boasts one of the most superb urban parks north of Paris.
The people of Roubaix are known for their dynamism and strong feelings of solidarity. A real “global village” with a particularly young and colourful population and hundreds of organisations, Roubaix plays host to many large-scale events and major festivities which bring its neighbourhoods to life, such as the legendary Paris-Roubaix cycling race.
Almost 90 sports clubs in Roubaix
For many years, the town has been involved in developing a wide range of sporting disciplines, in particular cycling and “Sport for Everyone”. The people of Roubaix can find the sport or activity which best suits their age and ability. This is largely down to a wide range of activities proposed by a dynamic voluntary sector (the town has almost 90 sports clubs) and the construction of high-quality public facilities, particularly through the “Sport Pass” (around thirty sports are available, representing approximately 2,400 hours of activity per year). In the sports field, the variety and quality of the town's facilities bear witness to this success and allow it to regularly plays host to very high level competitions in a number of different disciplines (cycling, fencing, wrestling and “futsal”, (an indoor version of football), etc.) In addition to its sports complexes and grounds the town prides itself on its two regional velodromes: the historic velodrome and the covered velodrome “the Stab”, which further establish Roubaix's foothold as the regional cycling capital.
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