It's that time of year again and our excitement builds on a number of levels as we approach the queen of the classics, L'enfer du nord, Paris to Roubaix. A captivating event on so many levels, to us it is compulsory viewing. The blend of the cobbles, the weather, the giants of the road and the velodrome finish are overlaid with the desperation of riders to win or just to finish.
And of course, as Australians, we were on the edge of our seats last year as Matt Hayman pulled off an amazing win after being away all day, beating the king of the classics, Tom Boonen.
There is also another element to this event we wanted to talk about, the sportive challenge now part of the weekend. We think the future of the sport lies in bringing together the pro and the recreational rider this way to create festivals of cycling and sport over a weekend or indeed weeks at the grand tours. It takes a leaf from the great strength of triathlon where mass participation and professionalism come together.
One weakness remains though, we need the addition of a womens race just as is occurring with many of the other classics. Let's hope it is on the cards sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, enjoy the clip and the pics below and make sure you watch the race!
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