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Pardon the pun but this Spring Cobbled Classics season has been truly classic and this weekend, it reaches its crescendo with Paris-Roubaix.This season has been highlighted by fireworks and firepower on both sides of the pro peloton.Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel are seemingly in a two-way battle for Classics supremacy while SD-Worx Women’s Team has been claiming the top two spots at virtually every race they’ve entered this spring with Lotte Kopecky, Demi Vollering, and Lorena Wiebes bringing home the most hardware.Heading into Roubaix, there have been a couple fantastic moments in the lead up races that are worth mentioning.At Gent-Wevelgem, Jumbo-Visma teammates Christophe Laporte and Wout van Aertfinished first and second following their decisive two-man breakaway with...
I think I’ve mentioned this before but the spark that inspired me to become a cyclist and pin on a racing number was catching a segment about Paris-Roubaix on ABC’s Wide World of Sports when I was a kid back in the ‘80s. Up until that moment, the act of riding bikes was nothing more than a means of transportation so I could secretly buy candy but when I saw the peloton going all out on brutally treacherous roads, I was instantly hooked. As an old cyclist here in 2023, it brings me immense joy to say the pro ranks are as exciting and loaded with talent as they have ever been. With such an impressive mix of young and experienced...
It's amazing how the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can forever change someone's life. For Matt, it was a chance viewing of a segment about Paris-Roubaix (circa 1985) on ABC’s Wide World of Sports that opened his eyes to a world of competitive cycling that he didn’t know existed. If BMX and the Tour de France were on opposite ends of the cycling spectrum, here was a race that barreled right down the middle across the cobblestone roads of the French countryside. Spring Classics season is the time of year Matt arrives at the office long before anyone else. With a slew of midweek races and the ability to watch live online, it’s not uncommon to show...