There are many similarities between Paris-Roubaix and Tro-Bro Leon. Both are one-day races of over 200km, both are held in France in April and both feature unusually rough terrain for road bikes. But there are significant differences between the two as well. Where Paris-Roubaix is defined by its cobblestones, Tro-Bro Leon features a bevy of narrow, gravel farm roads. And where Paris-Roubaix is one of the biggest one-day races in the world, with 114 editions now complete, Tro-Bro Leon is a small UCI 1.1 event in 'only' its 33rd year.
But interest in Tro-Bro Leon is growing. Solid crowds turned out to see Danish rider Martin Mortensen lead a One Pro Cycling 1-2 on Sunday and as photographer Kristof Ramon demonstrates below, the combination of coastline and unusual roads makes Tro-Bro Leon an undeniably picturesque race.
Words by Matt de Neef | Photography by Kristof Ramon