#ParisRoubaix 2013 – I’ll have mine on the rocks

roubaixchainLast year I spent two weeks in the panic chamber, phaffing over bikes, kit, wheels and tyre pressure. It all went to plan and even my lightweight frame (mine not the bike) managed to glide across the cobbles unhindered. A year on and I couldn’t wait to get back on the cobbles, without doubt Paris Roubaix is my all time favourite ride. I doubted Sean Kelly when he told me it should be ridden once, I can safely say I disagree with him – it should be ridden again and again and again.

A change to this years format meant our ride was an untimed event on open roads, however it also changed to the day before the Pros’ race and while I was not able to go back to try and win the challenge, the experience of watching the pros over the cobbles was second to none.

IMG_2908It was like watching a herd of bulls chasing down the world’s last cow. The stampede of a raging peleton, throwing up dust as they hit the cobbles, the sound of rims hitting the cobbles, chains whipping and my great friend Tracy next to me going “Oh my god, oh my god”. All helped of course with the support of some local nectar called “La Trouée d’Arenberg” and a two hour queue for the worlds most undercooked frittes. Where are the Belgians when you need them.

Blessed with something we’ve not seen in a while: sunshine, warmth and dry weather; we lined up along the railings to watch the nail biting finale on a big screen at the Arenberg Trench.

IMG_2909You don’t have to ride a bike to love this race, but it sure helps to appreciate the skill of the select few who get to race these legendary cobbles.

2 thoughts on “#ParisRoubaix 2013 – I’ll have mine on the rocks

  1. I wish I had spotted the Arenberg beer on Saturday to take back as a suitable souvenir! Did you get it from a shop or a street vendor?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: