Words & photos by Gem Atkinson
This past weekend saw the final act of the 2013 Spring Classics. Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest of cycling's Monuments, pitches riders against a brutal 260km parcours with some stinging climbs making for one of the hardest dates in the sport's calendar. And this would be my Belgian baptism, taking to the start line of the amateur 165km route on the Saturday, before observing the masterclass from the professionals on the Sunday. We were blessed with good weather and upon arrival at the HQ, a chilled and relaxed atmosphere served to calm the nerves.
Images - Brian Vernor
1 Thirsty Fusion in 8 hours, 33 minutes
2 Studio Velo 8:50
3 DFL 8:52 (winner of all the champagne)
4 OneSeven 8:55
5 Upper Echelon 8:57
6 Red Racing 8:58
7 Kitorder.com 9:23
8 Ritte Women's Race Team 9:39
9 Strava 9:48
10 Early Bird 10:44
11 SF2G 10:45
12 Bike Effect 10:59
photo: Rhys Howells
Last week we featured Tao Geoghegan Hart's piece on crashing out of contention at Junior Roubaix 2012 and his ambitions for this year's edition. On Sunday he made it to the velodrome on time and finished on the 3rd step of the podium. We caught a few minutes with him in between sessions at Newport Velodrome with the GB team.
All photos Jonathan Hines
The fourth edition of Rapha's homage to Paris-Roubaix, the UK's very own Hell of the North, yet again proved a gloriously bumpy, muddy and leg shattering day out. This year's parcours included two never-before-seen sectors of dirt and gravé and a new finishing venue where a lot of very tired but satisfied riders enjoyed beer, chips and the sight of Fabulous Cancellara stealing victory at L'Enfer du Nord for a third time. Below are a few comments from some happy roulers:
Words: Tao Geoghegan Hart | Images: © matschneider.de
Seventeen year-old Tao Geoghegan Hart was born and raised in east London. Part of the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme, the precociously talented teenager was a competitor at last year’s Junior Paris-Roubaix. With 20km to go, and with thoughts of the Roubaix velodrome looming, Tao was riding well and feeling strong. But they call it the Hell of North for a reason…
On June 17th, Michael Tabtabai and Andrew Hudon will head out from Seaside, Oregon, pointed towards the eastern seaboard of the United States. Their 24-day trip will take them along some of the best country roads the Unites States has to offer and land them in Plymouth, Massachusetts. An undertaking, sure, but this is not the first time that they have covered these expansive stretches. In 2010 this team of two rode from Boulder, Colorado along a similar route.
Words by Julie Krasniak | Photos by J. Dunn | Translation by Yoko Aoki
ジュリー・クラスニアクはフランス北東のメス市出身、12歳で自転車を始め、14歳ですでにMTBレースを始めていた。曽祖父、祖父、父、兄、ジュリーという自転車レーサーの家系で、一族ですでに1000以上の勝利を収めている。現在は米国のオレゴン州ポートランドに住み、ラファ－フォーカスチームに所属している。今回、 Women's 100 のためにジュリーからプロとしてのアドバイスを寄せてもらった。