Friday, April 25, 2008

All The Way To Roubaix

The Paris Roubaix is already over and hats off to Tom Boonen for winning, but the Idaho equivalent is taking place in two days. Here is Hincapie rocking to an Emmett (yes, it's clearly in Emmett) Roubaix victory:

The fan turn out is absolutely astounding for Idaho don't you think? It's actually an incredibly hard race since we start in Emmett and finish in Roubaix, France. Mid race we hop on paddle boats and the going gets even more intense. Here's a participant from last years race:

This guy was hot on his heels and trying really hard. Not really sure which one has the lower water resistance coefficient, any guesses?
Once back on land in France, we get back on our road bikes. Eventually, we make it to the Roubaix Velodrome. At this point, many are extremely tired!

Eventually a winner is crowned.

I've tried to win this race since 2004 and have yet to attain that goal, having finished 2nd twice and 3rd once. Many racers will bonk at least 30 times during this race. Here is one of my bigger bonks from the 2005 race:

Bonking when in the Atlantic Ocean can have severe side effects! Make sure to bring enough food and water!

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