Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix

Paris Roubaix is also called ‘The Hell of the North’
It is a single day professional race, held early in the season (April), stretching from Compiegne in the north of France till Roubaix near Belgium.
Since 1964, the record speed of 45.12 km/h (28 MPH), has been held by Dutch cyclist Peter Post.
Total length of the race is 260 KM, (about 160 Miles), with 28 sections of cobblestones.
I just got the DVD “Road to Roubaix” in the mail and had to watch it immediately! It is more or less a documentary of this incredible race.
When you think of riding over these cobblestones, imagine what a jack hammer does to your arms and then spread that sensation through your entire body. Tires will go flat, frames and other bike parts will break.
Some quotes from professional cyclists:
“The best I could do would be to describe it like this – they plowed a dirt road, flew over it with a helicopter, and then just dropped a bunch of rocks out of the helicopter! That’s Paris-Roubaix. It’s that bad – it’s ridiculous.” – Chris Horner-
“It’s a circus, and I don’t want to be one of the clowns.”- Chris Boardman-
“It’s a pile of shit, this race, it’s a whole pile of shit … You’re working like an animal, you don’t have the time to piss and you wet your pants … You’re riding in mud like this and you’re slipping and … it’s a pile of shit, you must clean yourself otherwise you will go mad … “ Dutchman Theo de Rooy speaking to John Tesh of CBS Sports after his breakaway during the 1985 race. Tesh asks, “Will you ever ride it again?”, to which De Rooy responds, “Sure, it’s the most beautiful race in the world!” to which Tesh and his crew and De Rooy burst out in laughter.
The clip below is the “Road to Robaix” trailer.
It is a movie definitely worth watching!

 

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