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The Paris Roubaix bicycle race, nicknamed The Hell of the North, is famous for sending riders over brutal cobblestone roads Only the strong, brave and lucky survive the hours of bone shaking racing without suffering some mishap or catastrophe It is so difficult no one wins it by accident, and winning Paris Roubaix automatically puts a rider among the immortals of the sport How did that come to be At one time roads everywhere were paved with cobbles Why did Paris Roubaix emerge to be such a special race Les Woodland tells the inside story of how one of cycling s classics grew from several th century businessmen s plan to bring cycling to the mill town of Roubaix It wasn t a sure thing, and several times it seemed the race might die It s a fascinating tale, so fasten your seat belts, Les is going to take you on a bumpy ride

13 thoughts on “Paris-Roubaix, The Inside Story: All the Bumps of Cycling's Cobbled Classic (Audio Download): Les Woodland, Nick O'Kelly, McGann Publishing, LLC: Audible Audiobooks

  1. SideBurn SideBurn says:

    The Paris Roubaix has always been an iconic race for me The hardest of the hard, I have cycled some of the course, I have watched the race, just reading about it is not enough I remember riding as fast as I could on cobbles and feeling my brain thrashing around in my skull and thinking I cannot imagine how this can be done Maybe I should do the sportive I bought the book to learn a bit , I would not say it is particularly well written It jumps about a bit and I found myself having to go back a bit to establish what the author is saying.As a factual book it is great, but I feel the author could have made effort to convey just how hard a challenge this race is When it is wet it is a nightmare because the cobbles are unpredictable, slippery, you cannot see whether there is a shallow puddle or a pothole in front of you When it is dry the dust is murder, you cannot see or breath Wind on a flat course like this turns an already tactical race into a chess match on a road, the constant twisting and turning changing the wind direction and tactics constantly The list of winners is a who s who of the hard men of the sport I remember Magnus B ckstedt and Sean Kelly ribbing each other about their winners cobbles on Eurosport and the honour of having their names on a shower cubicle Great stuff It is worth a read and that is why I have given it 4 stars I just think the author could have conveyed some of the atmosphere of the race and not just the history.

  2. Customer Customer says:

    I ve got another of Les Woodland s books, Cycling Heroes,, and I really like his style of writing There is a clarity but also and a great affection and a poignancy when describing the cycling world of old, and there s no better race to illustrate that than the brutal Paris Roubaix I thoroughly recommend this book as a way of immersing yourself in the history and the culture of the race.

  3. Peter Kott Peter Kott says:

    Another great little book from Les Woodland One could argue it is a bit lightweight, but overall it s a great insight into one of the toughest one day races on the cycling calender, with some interesting facts about the inception of the race The part about Fausto Coppi s brother s win in 1949 is particularly interesting, and shows the machinations of cycling from that time I still think, that the best comment ever about the race is the one given by the Dutch cyclist, Theo de Rooy to a CBS reporter after he abandoned the 1985 edition It sums up the race beautifully.

  4. Herbie Green Herbie Green says:

    A good and interesting summary though possibly a little scant and a bit simplistic A good beginners guide to the Paris Roubaix nevertheless.

  5. Troosers Troosers says:

    Les Woodland has his own unique writing style, which takes a bit of getting used towhen you do..he s sat right there with you, like some old acquaintance, regaling you with anecdote and fable All Bumps is a great primer and also very insightful into the early history of the race.You really can taste the grit between your teeth and the heroic effort of Roubaix ridersbrilliant Les.

  6. Sean Missin Sean Missin says:

    I didn t really enjoy this book but I think that this is because it focuses on the early years of the Paris Roubaix, but this is down to my own taste The book itself is well written and descriptive setting the scene of the early years It appears throughly researched and conveys the difficulty of riding such a ride.If you like historical cycling books then this is likely to appeal to you.

  7. Esiotrot Esiotrot says:

    Fascinating insight into what must be rated as one of the most exciting one day races in the entire cycling year.If you like to know a bit of background history to the sport that you enjoy watching then this is a book that is a must.Easy to read, packed full of info.

  8. MasterDabber MasterDabber says:

    As a cycling fan I had some knowledge of the background to the Paris Roubaix but after reading Les Woodland s book I now have a far better understanding Some of the stories are quite bizarre and the book held my interest throughout I did find the some of the chapters leapt around a bit in time but this was never a major problem.

  9. Don Palmer Don Palmer says:

    loved this book I thought I knew a fair amount about Paris Roubaix but after reading this I have a whole new romance with the race Also provides insights on some of the other spring classic Very informative.

  10. geoff bagg geoff bagg says:

    Very detailed and I enjoyed the story of the old Roubaix.Felt it could have included some sections on the most recent races

  11. eduardo eduardo says:

    A colet nea de hist rias bastante interessante, mas falta um pouco de aprofundamento Les Woodland est fant stico no 50 Craziest Cycling Histories Aqui faltou um pouco.

  12. Road Runner Road Runner says:

    Es wird die Geschichte von Anfang an erz hlt Sehr interessant Aber die Fahrergeschichten dazu da fehlt das Blutherz irgendwie Es werden zwar Anekdoten beschrieben, aber ist mir zu kurz Aber sonst ist das Buch zu empfehlen.

  13. Robert M. Sterry Robert M. Sterry says:

    Loads of racing detail and a great addition to the existing efforts of writers to describe l enfer du nord However not enough technical info for someone like me who is interested in the bikes and gear the riders had to either enjoy or contend with I am still waiting for a great cycling writer to show up instead of journalists making extra bucks I don t object to that but I am still waiting.