I {heart} RBX

Sunday was a great final round of The Masters, but that’s not the only big sporting event that was going on in the world. Cycling fans the world wide were glued to Paris-Roubaix, the “Queen of the Classics.” You can read a recap of the race here.

While I will always love le Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix is quickly becoming one of my favorite races – by far my favorite one day classic race. With 27 sections of cobblestones P-R is a race like no other and it has rightly earned it’s nickname, the Hell of the North. Just take a look at the picture that @BicyclingMag tweeted this morning of Dennis Van Winden, who finished 88th.

Yet, out of the cobbles, the dirt, the dust, the blood, the flat tires, and the bike changes a winner always emerges. You become something of a different person after you have won Roubaix.

Fabian Cancellara knows.

And though he didn’t win this year it was clear that he was by far the strongest rider by a long shot, taking 30+ seconds off a leading group in a single 2-mile section of cobbles and absolutely decimating the peloton (main field).

Watching Paris-Roubiax reminds those of us who love cycling that while we could probably survive a long, flat day in the heart of France during le Tour we could not survive Roubaix. Roubaix reminds me, as if I needed reminding, why I love cycling.

Watching Fabian Cancellara go 35mph across cobblestones reminds be why I {heart} RBX.

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