Paris-Roubaix Round-Up

The Queen Of The Classics, The Hell Of The North, A Sunday In Hell. No matter what you call it, it’s one of the most exciting events in cycling. Below are some links to get you hyped for the 108th Paris-Roubaix this Sunday.

VeloNews’ Start List » See who’s racing Paris-Roubaix and for what teams.

VeloNews’ Pavé Gallery » Photos and list of the cobbled sections that racers will have to ride through.

VeloNews’ By The Numbers » A neat collection of statistics about Paris-Roubaix.

Bicycle.net’s Insider Guide » More Paris-Roubaix stats and facts.

Bike Radar’s Preview » Who’s your favorite pick to take the victory on Sunday?

Bike Radar’s Pro Bike Features » Technical details about some of the bikes being (ab)used this year including Juan Antonio Flecha’s Pinarello KOBH 60.1 and William Bonnet’s BBox Colnago Cross Prestige

Pavé’s 2009 Preview To 2010 » A preview of this year’s Paris-Roubaix written last year.

2009 Highlights And Crashes » A short video of last year’s Paris-Roubaix.

Masterlink Films’ Documentary » A 2008 feature-length documentary about Paris-Roubaix.

Tears For Gears’ Vintage Magazine Scans » A week-long countdown to Paris-Roubaix with some great articles scanned from old cycling rags.

La Gazzetta Della Bici’s History » The legends and lore of Paris-Roubaix.

La Gazzetta Della Bici’s Heroes » Some of the riders who’ve helped to make Paris-Roubaix legendary including Hippolyte Aucouturier, Franco Ballerini, and Rik Van Steenbergen.

La Gazzetta Della Bici’s Classic Wins » A collection of videos of Paris-Roubaix victories including 1981 (Bernard Hinault), 1984 (Sean Kelly), 1987 (Eric Vanderaerden), 1989 (Jean-Marie Wampers), 1994 (Andrei Tchmil) and 1996 (Johan Museeuw).

WikiPedia’s Entry » Now even you can become and instant expert on Paris-Roubaix.

And finally, here’s a clip from the 1976 feature-length documentary about Paris-Roubaix, A Sunday In Hell. If you haven’t seen it, see it. Still one of the best cycling movies ever made.

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