Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell

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Paris-Roubaix, a one-day bicycle race in northeastern France, is known as ?The Hell of the North? for good reason. Although the course is somewhat flatter than the other spring classics, it includes interminable stretches of muddy farm roads paved with rough-hewn cobblestones. The cobbles alone are enough to shake bikes and bones to bits; throw in the notoriously fickle weather, which often includes rain, snow, and driving wind, and the course becomes downright treacherous. Held the third Sunday in April since ...

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Overview

Paris-Roubaix, a one-day bicycle race in northeastern France, is known as “The Hell of the North” for good reason. Although the course is somewhat flatter than the other spring classics, it includes interminable stretches of muddy farm roads paved with rough-hewn cobblestones. The cobbles alone are enough to shake bikes and bones to bits; throw in the notoriously fickle weather, which often includes rain, snow, and driving wind, and the course becomes downright treacherous. Held the third Sunday in April since 1896, Paris-Roubaix is a race of great tradition. The race follows a 270-kilometer course between the suburbs of the French capital and the northern industrial city of Roubaix, and its long history, coupled with its proximity to the cycling-mad triangle of northern France, Belgium, and Holland, means that it has served over the years to confirm the fame of cycling’s greatest champions.

All of the history and excitement of the world’s most famous one-day bicycle race is captured and comprehensively illustrated with hundreds of spectacular color and black-and-white photographs in this lavish, oversized format. With authoritative text from France’s top sportswriters, Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell presents the inside story of the race, its great riders, its traditions, and its secrets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934030097
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 645,494
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 12.85 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

David Herlihy (d. 1991) was Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor and Professor of History at Brown University.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    For the bike crowd for sure!

    This book kept my now "wanna be" Lance bike riding husband totally engrossed in the most grueling bike race ever. I say this after watching it on TV recently and we had just purchased the book on a whim. To have the book on the coffeetable while watching the bikers race on top of cobblestones on one of the oldest bike races in Europe was really cool. Check it out, the photography and writing are worth the purchase.

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