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Feb 26, 2002 9:34 AM
I'll be in Paris,France on April 14. Can anyone offer any advice for watching Paris-Roubaix? I've never been to France before and could use any advice. Thanks.
re: Paris-Roubaixbent_sprocket
Feb 27, 2002 5:53 AM

1. Take raingear.
2. Take waterproof footwear.
3. Take a thermos, filled with something hot.
4. Optionally, add something fortifying to the thermos.
5. Cheer for George.
re: Paris-RoubaixPaulCL
Feb 27, 2002 1:34 PM
a few more:

learn French (they all speak English, but not to you!)
learn to like duck: duck on salad, duck ice cream, pate, etc..
take the trains - incredibly fast and efficient

and..oh yeah...cheer for George!
re: Paris-Roubaixgbk
Feb 28, 2002 9:58 AM
Hi go to the end of Arenberg forest. and you will have an experience of a lifetime.

Oh and cheer for Tyler H.

Gustav (Denmark)
re: Paris-RoubaixVelocipedio
Mar 1, 2002 6:13 PM
Bring a radio or portable TV... these guys will wizz past VERY quickly.

Cheer for Johan or Andrei -- it'll be their last kick at the can.
damn, is Tchmil retiring?lonefrontranger
Mar 2, 2002 8:44 AM
That really bums my day. Granted he is a bit long in the tooth, but he's the toughest mutt in the doghouse, races bikes because he simply loves doing it, and has long been a sentimental favorite of mine.

My introduction to Paris-Roubaix and one of my fondest race reporting memories was that of reading a very well-written blow-by-blow on the Compuserve board of Tchmil's win back in - was it '93 or '94? It was reported by a French/Flemish speaking British guy, who was watching Eurosport, listening to some kind of Flemish radio at the same time, and typing it as fast as he could.

Museeuw's won it enough for heaven's sake. I've been rooting for Hincapie since he finished top-20 in his inaugural P-R, a race most guys don't even finish until their second or third attempt. A 21-year-old neo-pro covered in cow manure, after what had to have been his most brutal day ever on the bike, declaring to the press "I LOVE this race!!" Only lunatics like that deserve to actually win it.
damn, is Tchmil retiring?bent_sprocket
Mar 4, 2002 7:44 AM
yeah, tchmil is retiring after the spring classics. at least that's what he says now. who knows? maybe he'll have a good spring, enjoy himself, and decide to do it again. it's not unheard of.

if george was riding for a classics-oriented team like domo, he'd have won already. maybe this is the year. either way, i'll certainly be looking forward to the live coverage on OLN (they're playing the last hour live, i think).

myself, i should have been born a belgian. i hate riding in warm, sunny weather. i like it cold, possibly wet, and with a bit of mud. it's probably why i commute year round, and why i prefer 'cross to road races, even though i really don't like to run all that much. really, my favorite thing is to go off-roading on mtb trails on the 'crosser in november. but i digress, as it's -7 right now, and snowy.