How To Watch Paris-Roubaix

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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58 Replies to “How To Watch Paris-Roubaix”

  1. @chris

    @Al__S

    There’s a cycling café in Cambridge that will show it, maybe a pub (The Alma certainly shows the Tour), but yeah, it’s home and Eurosport.

    Or a planning error which means going to see Obree at the cinema instead.

    What’s the cafe in Cambridge called. Not that I can watch it today. We moving house in a few weeks and there is much to be done.

    Argh, missed this. Espresso Library on East Road. Has indoor wall mounted parking for nice bikes, extensive outdoor Sheffield stands for town bikes.

  2. @chuckp

    @DVMR

    @chuckp

    I watched live in the morning before having to go out to lead a group ride (in 30F weather!) I DVR’ed the NBCSN condensed coverage (basically the last 2+ hours of the race) and watched that last night after The Masters.

    AFTER the masters? Sweet baby Jesus, where are your priorities man?

    I was going to watch RBX after the fact no matter what, either DVR or replay stream. So watching The Masters live was a no brainer. Sorry, but golf is one of my passions too. Especially with a daughter who has a way better swing than me (my overall game is better than hers, but it’s just a matter of time … not long … before she just passes me by).

    Well, as long as you were watching the masters with your daughter, then I guess that’s ok. I’ll let it slide this one time. *wink*

    For me anyway, the whole world came to a standstill for like six hours on Sunday. I just find it hard to believe that people were actually doing other stuff!

  3. @DVMR

    Well, as long as you were watching the masters with your daughter, then I guess that’s ok. I’ll let it slide this one time. *wink*

    For me anyway, the whole world came to a standstill for like six hours on Sunday. I just find it hard to believe that people were actually doing other stuff!

    I was.  She’s actually met Jordan Spieth and was rooting for him since her favorite player, Phil Mickelson (who she’s also met, as well as his kids) didn’t make the cut.  She couldn’t believe it when Jordan went into the water twice on 12.  It’s a cliche, but true:  The Masters doesn’t really begin until Amen Corner on Sunday.

    To watch RBX live, I would’ve had to be up at 4am (sorry, but I’m not that hardcore) and home until 10:30 or 11am.  But I had to lead a group ride and was out the door at 8am.

  4. 7. Live in Western Australia and have Eurosport HD, where one can watch the whole race live, starting at a very respectable 4pm, and all done by 11pm. Spend the last hour screaming at the screen egging on Matt Hayman. Suffer next day in office.

  5. Interesting http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/04/training-center/haymans-roubaix-power-so-massive-he-broke-speed-sensor_402375

    Probably not unsurprising is the lack of instant experts yelling “he’s got a motor”, “he’s doping” vs the TdF when figures are released.  Mainly being, that said instant experts only ever watch the TdF being their sole point of cycling “expertise”.

  6. OMG I accidentally looked at a picture of Ventoso’s leg, before it was stitched. I feel sick.

    Farewell to disc brakes then.

    The manufacturers will be spitting chips – they were never more than a  sales ploy.

  7. @ChrisO

    OMG I accidentally looked at a picture of Ventoso’s leg, before it was stitched. I feel sick.

    Farewell to disc brakes then.

    The manufacturers will be spitting chips – they were never more than a sales ploy.

     

     

    I just read his “open letter”.  He wasn’t even in the crash itself. the guy in front of him had discs and braked to avoid a previous crash. Ventoso simply bumped him from behind. No way are discs a good idea.

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