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Paris Roubaix 2016 *SPOILERS*

greasedscotsmangreasedscotsman Posts: 7,224
edited May 2016 in Pro race
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2016-pa ... ed-sector/

Interesting stuff, especially the "new" section at Hem.
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,982
    New Hem section only in 'future' editions... so not this year. An additional section in the run in could shake things up...

    Has the uphill section Hameau du Buat (included after three year absence) had much impact in the past? It's still a long way from the finish...
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    "work is being carried out to lay cobblestones on a 3km pedestrian and cycle path".

    Perhaps I'm misreading that sentence, but not sure I'd be too happy if I was a resident of that town.
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  • greasedscotsmangreasedscotsman Posts: 7,224
    edited January 2016
    dish_dash wrote:
    New Hem section only in 'future' editions... so not this year. An additional section in the run in could shake things up...

    Yes, that's what I was thinking. The section at Hem that's used at the moment isn't really that difficult. The only time I can remember it having any effect on the race was when Museeuw punctured there in 2004.
    dish_dash wrote:
    Has the uphill section Hameau du Buat (included after three year absence) had much impact in the past? It's still a long way from the finish...

    It's a long way from the finish and not really that difficult. Don't think it will make too much difference. Oh and here's my video from that section in 2009...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttQef7jy_cg

    ...doesn't look too tough.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,647 Lives Here
    257.5km? Now that's a proper distance.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,982
    That's some very civilised clapping greased...
  • dish_dash wrote:
    That's some very civilised clapping greased...

    Oh yes. Not me though, can't clap and hold a camera at the same time! :D
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,647 Lives Here
    Hills..?

    In P-R?

    "Hills".
  • The_Boy wrote:
    "work is being carried out to lay cobblestones on a 3km pedestrian and cycle path".

    Perhaps I'm misreading that sentence, but not sure I'd be too happy if I was a resident of that town.

    Better than the potholes and glass they use to surface the ones round here...
  • keydonkeydon Posts: 144
    Apparently they are recommending riders not to shave to close down below and

    also to use hairy tonic to get greater lenght. It improves shock proofing and the

    more neanderthal among us have a welcome, though not universally popular, advantage.

    It is being referred to as the "Roubix Pube" !!
  • Hills..?

    In P-R?

    "Hills".


    or Hill !!! :)
  • No Pozatto then..

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  • No Pozatto then..

    That's a big loss.
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  • No Pozatto then..

    That's a big loss.

    :D
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
    Instead of introducing new sectors they should get rid of the dirt tracks down the side of the 5 star sectors.
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    milton50 wrote:
    Instead of introducing new sectors they should get rid of the dirt tracks down the side of the 5 star sectors.

    Or hose them down like they do in horse racing.

    "It's for your own good guys - going needs to be soft so you don't get hurt if you fall".
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,982
    Haven't they been putting barriers down a lot of those sections recently to keep the riders on the cobbles.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
    Not sure but last year they were using the 'easier' route pretty liberally.
  • No Pozatto then..

    That's a big loss.

    Pippo has been specialising in big losses for several seasons now.
  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,111
    Riding some of the gutters can be pretty risky - potholes, stray cobbles, spectators, once you're on that line and travelling at speed it isn't easy to get back on the cobbles either. In the dry, powering along the crown of the cobbled road is probably best, but in the wet I would maybe risk the gutters!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,647 Lives Here
    The organisers of Paris-Roubaix took a tour of the cobbled sectors of Sunday's course on Monday, and discovered to their surprise that the first section in Troisville was covered in mud and could be too dangerous to use.

    Err, guys, it's Paris Roubaix, not the track.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,276
    The sectors have been rated:

    CfOJLW0UkAAqsp7.jpg

    Err, guys, it's Paris Roubaix, not the track.

    It's also not Total Wipeout.
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  • Gouvenu saying it's the change between wet and dry sections, as opposed to the fact there is mud as the headline may suggest.

    Although I clicked on the link to find that detail, so Cyclingnews get what they want...
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,331
    Wonder if we'll get a wet Roubaix, seems like forever since we had heavy rain during the race.
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  • Current forecast 14 degrees, mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of precipitation
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  • Wonder if we'll get a wet Roubaix, seems like forever since we had heavy rain during the race.


    Historical weather patterns show that area to tend to dry Aprils but much wetter Julys (hello 2014 Tour)
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,104
    Guys, wet Roubaix is a myth told by old timers to let the kids know it was better back in the day. There's no such thing. It's cycling's unicorn.
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,690
    Guys, wet Roubaix is a myth told by old timers to let the kids know it was better back in the day. There's no such thing. It's cycling's unicorn.

    yet, having done the course twice: the first time under torrential rain and the second just after an overnight rainfall... never seen the first half dry... me, but always greeted by sunshine in the velodrome :roll: :shock:
  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    I will head down to Nyhavn in Copenhagen and verbally bully swans and doves until they look at me with a fed up rainbow face like a melted Skittle if I see one rider using the gutter instead of the cobbles.
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