Paris Roubaix - A Pactimo Ambassador's Experience

Paris Roubaix - A Pactimo Ambassador's Experience

The fitter you are the easier it is to ride over the cobbles and complete the challenge.

By: Dan Smith / Pactimo Ambassador

Now that I have had time, to let last weekends adventure sink in, I thought I would share what riding Paris Roubaix Challenge is like. I have ridden bikes for over 20 years before I traveled to France, in all disciplines MTB, Road, cyclocross and track, but i have not ever ridden on the ‘french’ cobble stones.

Dan Smith Pactimo Brand Ambassador - Paris Roubaix I had been told, like all riders lining up for the event, the french cobblestones are different. ‘they are rougher’ ‘their are gaps that suck your wheels” its like holding on to a pneumatic drill’ ‘they are bigger than the Belgian clinkers’.

All of this is true, and however bad you think they are to ride over, its worse! Its the most fun i have had and the ‘quickest’ 145km i have ridden.

Mainly because after you hit the Arnberg forest at 50km in you do not have much time between the next 20 sectors to think! its a case of ‘is the bike ok’ ‘have i got any gels left’ ‘drink some water’ ‘hang on to the wheels of the group infront’. This is repeated after every sector.

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About The Author

Tony Kelsey has 20 years of marketing experience, previously serving as the Global Vice President of creative for an international, $1B IT solutions consultance. Although self-proclaimed "mediocre" racer in high school, his intense passion for cycling and bicycles in general has never waned. Today he is the Marketing VP at Pactimo and frequently writes about cycling as a sport and hobby @tonykelsey