Photo Essay: The brutal reality of Paris-Roubaix

Joe Robinson 12 Apr 2019 It's the hardest race in pro cycling and it gives us the best images, too Words: Joe Robinson If you really want a sense of just how insane the whole concept of Paris-Roubaix actually is, just try explaining it to somebody who doesn't know cycling, you really realise how insane the entire concept is... ...So, yeah, 200 or so guys will ride at over 40kmh for about six hours to cover the 250km route from Compiegne to this little industrial town in northern France called Roubaix, which in itself isn't really its own town, but more just a suburb of Lille. Then, at 29 different points along the way, they will all be forced to ride their £12,000 bikes on their skinny tyres and rigid frames over these cobbled farm roads that were laid in the era of Napoleon. And I'm not talking about the ...

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