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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Paris-Roubaix Avoids the Arenberg Forest

Organizers (ASO) say that the road through the Arenberg Forest is too dangerous. However, there will still be more than 53 meters of pave' in the 2005 race. See the VeloNews article below.

You gotta love the quote from Magnus Backstedt:

B├Ąckstedt said that he understands the reasoning behind the decision, but it pains him nonetheless.

"I can understand when people, race organizers and the like, make decisions like that and safety is a big concern for me, too," he added. "But Paris-Roubaix is different. It's not like we are operating on the belief that it's going to be an easy day, now are we?"

"If you want to eliminate the danger, the hazards and the risks, you might as well run it on 260 kilometers of flat roads and be done with it," he said. "Things like slippery cobbles - even big gaps in the road - are what give this race its charm!"



At January 13, 2005 10:01 AM, Blogger Dirt - LPBME said...

I just sent Magnus his membership application for Team Banshee. Gotta love anyone who enjoys the abuse of a viscous ride!

At January 13, 2005 10:31 AM, Blogger Redlight said...

Viscous, as in sticky, not runny?

Vicious, as in evil, savage?

I'm guessing number 2...


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