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How To Watch Paris-Roubaix

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In order of preference:

  1. Hang out with William and Alex of Pavé Cycling Classics. You will see the race at three different locations, all the while portaging coolers of Malteni beer and baguette sandwiches. The final location will be Carrefour de L’Arbre where the shit will hit the fan and the final can be watched on a giant screen. Life cannot get better.
  2. A bar in Northern France hopefully along the route so you will have reason to briefly stand outside and watch the race go by before going back in to drink even more beer. I’ve never done this but it sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve heard bars will provide ample amounts of beer and wine and every bar has a fryer for the frites and an endless supply of mayonnaise. Picking the favorite French rider will be the only problem.
  3. Live in Europe so you can watch all six hours from the comfort of your eco-home and make a Sunday of it. Your cycling friends can come over in the afternoon for the cobbles and drinking. Making frites at home, probably a bad idea: house fires, second degree burns, smoke alarms and too much distraction from race watching.
  4. Live in Britain where you can go to some ancient dark pub where you can watch the race on TV and no one will question your need to start lifting pints well before lunch because it’s Sunday and you are in Britain.
  5. If you live ≥ 6 hours from Europe all bets are off, at least in the USA. It won’t be live. The coverage might just be the last hour or it might be pre-empted by golf, always golf. One can’t open up a computer, phone or talk to another human or even a dog. A dog could sense Tommeke not making the final break and communicate that by puking up dog’s morning feed partly on a rug and partly on the hardwood floor. It’s a minefield, FFS.
  6. If you live across the dateline, it’s already Monday or Tuesday, the race is over and you are at work. You are on your own, mate.

For unknowable reasons, three hours of Paris-Roubaix TV coverage in Hawaii starts at 9:00 AM on Sunday on NBC-SN channel. This is highly unusual and highly great. I’m unsure how to proceed. It’s too early for Chimay or frites, everyone else is out for the Sunday ride or surfing. It might just be Gianni, dog and espresso machine and that’s not bad, unless there is puking.

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  1. A pub in Britain showing Roubaix? Not a thing.




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  2. driving 5-speed from 4:00am to arrive before 7:45am at Darby Roubaix in Darby NC




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  3. For the US, it will be live start to finish on NBCSports Live Extra app.




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  4. @Pete

    A pub in Britain showing Roubaix? Not a thing.

    Really? Even when cricket/football/rugby/steeplechase are not in season? Time to bribe the barkeep. Bastards.




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  5. We’ll be deep into Monday morning here in NZ when the race gets to the business end, but we will be there.

    Then Monday is spent in a zombie-like state recounting to non-Cyclists how awesome some guys racing bikes on cobbles was and is the reason we’re going home for a nap.




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  6. @Gianni

    Nope. 95% Football, occasional rugby. Cricket for a change up, but never a sniff of any cycling.

    Thank god for eurosport player at work.




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  7. For us in the US, let’s pause for a moment and thank those wonderful folks who have been livestreaming the classics on youtewb.




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  8. Option 1 for me this year. Except the day begins with a final spin from Lille to Cysoing through to Carrefour de L’arbre before the Malteni charged cobble side mania.

    I know. Call me anything you want. I don’t give a fuck. (Its my new mantra)

    Oh and its pissing down here in Lille. You should all change your picks. Go for Gaudin. Or Westra.




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