Paris-Roubaix, otherwise known as The Hell of the North, is one of professional cycling’s most legendary events. While the Tour de France contenders stay sheltered during Spring Classics season, working on their tans in some undisclosed Mediterranean haven, the hard men of cycling nut up to test the fates on the cobblestones of Roubaix. It’s old-school, trench warfare, and it places demands on the riders and equipment they won’t see again all season until the next edition of Paris Roubaix. The bikes have to be able to handle the bone-rattling and jarring of riding over Napoleonic Era cobblestones. There might be dust, or mud. There will be blood and carnage. The only way to follow a race like this for the television crews, the team support staff, and race officials, is of course aboard a dual sport motorbike. Our correspondent, Mark Johnson, fresh off the publication of his new book Argyle Armada, was once again in the heartland of cycling for this year’s Paris Roubaix, and took a few snaps of some of the bikes that were part of this year’s race. Do yourself a favor, and head over to Velopress and pick up a copy of Argyle Armada. It features tons of Mark’s candid photos of the Garmin team with a narrative that stretches throughout last year’s historic season for them, including Johan Vansummeren‘s win at Paris Roubaix. Thanks for the photos, Mark!
Deal O’ The Day
Words I’ve Heard
"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z
"The only thing keeping us from going is leaving." --Ewan Mcgregor
"Adventures suck, when you're having them." -- Anonymous Rally Car Driver
"It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle."--RULE #4, Velominati.com
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."--W.C. Fields