Monday, April 13, 2009

Paris-Roubaix Viewing report.

I got up at 3:30 AM on Sunday to watch the Paris-Roubaix cycling race going on in Northern France on . This is a great race, super dramatic. It showcases some uniqueness to cycling - to win this race you pretty much need to put yourself into the position that if you get good luck and don't get any bad luck, you can win. The winning break was down to 6 riders. One crashed and took out another. A third waited for his fallen teammate. A fourth was held up by the crash and had to chase the leading two, then when one of them also crashed, the held up rider was again held up, leaving the winner as basically the guy who didn't get unlucky. Well that and because the winner - Tom Boonen, is one of the toughest dudes out there.

This race is known for 27 sections of "pave" - cobblestone roads that are very difficult to ride. The critical one is the section through the "Forest of Arenberg"

Getting up at 3:30 AM also gave me the opportunity to take care of my 2 month old son during his middle of the night wakey wakey time. I wasn't alone - my buddy Troy was also up at this time, watching the race with his two young daughters. We emailed a few bits of commentary about the race - this was the best one...

Troy writes...

Is Liam watching? I'm here with both girls, and Cadence likes Flecha's jersey, but picks Boonen 'cause of the rainbow stripes on the arm.


Liam decided to throw a dump I had to change during the Forest! What was he thinking!

Per Troy

Should have made him sit in it for a few k. He'll learn someday-don't shit during the cobbles, you don't know what you'll miss.

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