Arenberg: cobbled with great ambitions (4/7)

Thursday, March 16th

On the world cycling map, some places appear in capital letters. Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux are among them, as is the Stelvio in Italy, the Angliru in Spain and the Cauberg in The Netherlands.... Read more

A new brand identity for Paris-Roubaix

Friday, March 3rd

Paris-Roubaix is more than just a race. It is a modern epic. Its purpose is to forge heroes. Pugnacity, daring and the feeling of sacrifice are the qualities the brave who attempt to survive the... Read more

Haveluy: in a spin… (3/7)

Thursday, March 2nd

On tackling the last 100 kilometres, the riders have “only” covered 17 kilometres of cobbles. The number of punctures and falls is already starting to mount and the Arenberg section, deadly to... Read more

Troisvilles: ready, steady… shake! (2/7)

Thursday, February 23rd

The most hardened of Paris-Roubaix enthusiasts start their day of reconnoitring the route by tasting an omelette in the only bistro in Troisvilles, Chez Françoise. On the day of the race, the... Read more

The 25 teams selected

Monday, February 20th

The organisers of Paris-Roubaix have chosen the teams that will take part in the 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix which will take place on April 9th. Read more

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Cycl'in your life

Protection of the environment and biodiversity is a priority for Paris-Roubaix. The expert company BIOTOPE produces very year Natura 2000 studies, those sensitive areas asked by an EU directive. However these areas are alive and welcome very gladly the public ... especially on a bike !

Trench of Arenber

Trench of Arenber © D.Delecourt

With its real name «Bullet Alley of Hérin », « The Trench » is famous since Jean Stablinski and Edouard Delberghe asked for its integration in the Paris-Roubaix circuit. This legendary stretch is located in the Domain Forest of Saint-Amand-Raismes a few steps from the “Mare à Goriaux” (an attractive place to walk and watch birds) and the mining site of Arenberg. Considered as the most difficult paved part of the race and about 2.4 kilometers long, The Trench is only accessible by foot, on horseback and of course by bike !




Welcome to the Scarpe-Escaut Regional Nature Park !

Scarpe-Escaut Regional Nature Park © S.Dhote

One of our watchwords is “Sport is in my nature!”. In its 55 villages, the smallest regional nature Park in France –which is also the most experienced (it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary!)-, more than 600 kilometers of trails are waiting for runners, riders and cyclists.
For instance, starting from Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, the bicycle trail “La vallée de l’Escaut” is 39 kilometers long and reached the Belgian border to discover diverse landscapes: forest, wet plains, Escaut’s waterways, locks…
“Le Circuit des terrils” in Raismes, allows mountain bikers to climb and go down heaps along a marked trail. Intense emotions guaranteed ! Hiking map

50 ans Parc naturel régional


A “joëlette” for motor-impaired persons

A “joëlette” for motor-impaired persons © D.Delecourt

Since 2010, the Scarpe-Escaut Regional Nature Park offers a “joëlette” to associations and individuals allowing people with reduced mobility to participate in sports events or family outings.
It is an off-road wheelchair for children and adults with disabilities on hiking trails. This equipment is borrowed throughout the entire year, and especially during events such as la Course des Terrils, les Foulées Valenciennoises, le Trail de la Fraise, le Parcours du Cœur, les Boucles de Gayant Expo...
In addition to this first equipment, the Regional Nature Park now offers a second “joëlette”, this time with two wheels. However, even if it's more stable than the first, it must be taken by two accompanying persons : the one in front ensures traction and steering, while the one in back maintains the balance.
Acquired in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Youth and Sports and the Regional Olympic Sports Committee, the “joëlette” is available to everyone, free of charge, by booking.
For more informations : Scarpe-Escaut Regional Nature Park, Caroline Mairesse,

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