Cycling season has gotten underway in earnest on this side of the Atlantic too, helped along by a dry spring and some warming temperatures. So far this year I’ve gotten in a 100K audax, a hilly 110K sportive and a 10-mile time trial, but the big early season test awaits on Sunday: the Paris-Roubaix challenge. Organised by the organiser of the professional race, Amaury Sport Organisation, (also owners of the Tour de France and Paris Marathon), the amateur’s sportive version of Paris-Roubaix will be a shortened 148 kilometres and cover 30 of the 50 kilometres of cobbled road that the professionals cover. I’m honestly a bit worried about this — covering that distance over flat terrain is not a big worry, but handling the cobbles will be, which is of course makes it an appealing challenge.
I have no illusions about finishing fast. The goal will be to finish within the time limit and upright — which, come to think of it, is my main goal most of the time anyway. I’m looking forward to getting a taste of what the pros withstand. It should be good insight into what it takes to win.