Thursday, November 1, 2012

Paris Roubaix 1985 Muddy Marvelous




There's no denying my favorite race is the clash of Paris-Roubaix.

One image, amongst so many, stands out is this image from the 1985 mud bath. I remember watching CBS Sports' dramatic imagery and the overly-dramatic John Tesh saying, 'Kelly... wearing his goatee of firth, which he has become famous." Memorable for sure.

Also memorable was the weather; just plain wet turning the narrow roads muddy and slick. Sean Kelly famously said, "A Paris-Roubaix without rain is not a true Paris-Roubaix. Throw in a little snow as well, it's not serious."

We associate Paris-Roubaix with the rain, the additional difficulty created by the rain that draws us to it.  

Appropriately called... L'Enfer du Nord.


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