Monday, April 8, 2013
Paris-Roubaix - The Many Faces Of Hell
Sunday I watched the Paris-Roubaix race also known as 'The Queen of the Classics' and 'The Hell of the North'. No other race is quite like it.. This has to be the toughest single day race bike race in existence. It takes place in northern France near the Belgian frontier using many of the same roads built for Napoleon's armies hundreds of years ago constructed of cobblestones that are slick, rough, and sharp, 27 sectors of cobble stones in all. Race distance is 254.5 km (158.1 mi). Lots of Broken parts, crashes, broken Bones... brutal stuff. Mental toughness takes a front seat here seemingly more than most any other race. I've posted a video from the Blanco team on "faces before and after" and it pretty much tells the story.