While the mainstream news and stories are of the Grand Tours, Paris-Roubaix is cycling’s folklore
The race is on now, we’re watching it on Justin.tv. Paris Roubaix and the Classics got me into cycling. I heard tales of it in Markee’s Bike Shop and watched grainy videos with Texas Jack Howell. The race is a reckoning through blood-stained land, over medieval cobbles. It’s fiendish, brutal. Suffering.
This year I don’t want to see George Hincapie fall into a ditch, exhausted, or break a steerer tube. I want to see him win it.
Whatever flavor of cycling you’re into, the Hell of the North is part of the bike and our culture. It’s our folklore.