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Orange Crush

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04/07/2023 08:38 PM
Well, yesterday didn’t fit in pro racing forum but next days will. Cobbles are looking in fine shape, mix of dry on crest and slick on sides. Hit up a bunch of them yesterday, combined with canal riding and about 50 percent gravel and farm trails. Arenberg is rough! The FDJ boys passed me just before entry which was good timing. Thought I’d lost them all past but there was a third car that briefly chased me off the pavee. Other sectors were much easier to ride, on 38 mm anyway, but Carrefour was wicked again. Seemed to be riding them at a better clip than other wannabes on regular bikes so this is the way to go. The gravel was also awesome and I avoided any and all busy roads. Perfect loop. https://strava.app.link/g634gjWMOyb
Dale

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04/08/2023 10:29 AM
Great photos. I think we've got the same model Canyon. Grizl 6
Orange Crush

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04/08/2023 02:21 PM
Thanks Dale. Mine was a rental. I could certainly see this being my next gravel rig though. Smooth ride.

Weird race today. I stood right where gap between front and chase was almost closed. Can’t believe it didn’t happen. Anyway, Canadian winner, what are the odds? Can’t complain.

There is a clip of front and chase here: https://strava.app.link/HzL1hBs1Pyb
79pmooney

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04/08/2023 06:48 PM
OC, I wonder how much that crash of the second group cost them. Elisa Longo Borghini. Sounded like she took out the whole chase group from the CN live report. I see Vos took 10th after doing a very long hard chase, much of it alone after a poorly timed puncture. Surely she would have been in that chase and it would have gone a few seconds faster.
Orange Crush

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04/09/2023 01:13 AM
Yes but they had the front in touching distance where I stood 10k from finish. They closed 99% of the initial huge gap but let the final 1% slide. Weird.
longslowdistance

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04/09/2023 07:52 PM
Just watched the men's replay. Another fantastic spring race (no spoilers here). Only off note for me: showers at the finish washed off sweat but not mud or dust - a bit disorientating for PR.
79pmooney

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04/09/2023 10:09 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 04/09/2023 07:52 PM
Just watched the men's replay. Another fantastic spring race (no spoilers here). Only off note for me: showers at the finish washed off sweat but not mud or dust - a bit disorientating for PR.
Yesterday's winner of the P-R Femmes stood the podium showing off her road dirt.  Cannot say if she showered.  Odors do not come through on the CN live broadcasts.  Forgot to look for dirt on her.
Orange Crush

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04/10/2023 03:42 AM
They shower after the podium Ben. Podium is straight after finish. I had to cross velodrome yesterday to get to podium ceremony while stragglers were still doing their final lap. Tried to get to showers early Saturday but they are off limits. Yesterday was bloody perfect, I sat right at finish line. Ok, the beer tap malfunctioned lol.

Photos here: https://strava.app.link/lmCSo7tBSyb

Or here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cq2Mg_1tuBZc5dJTQsvbMue5VQhHxEz4FuSbos0/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
Orange Crush

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04/10/2023 03:47 AM
There’s a photo of VDP in here in showers after ceremony and after all interviews were done. Shower seems to work well enough lol.

https://sporza.be/nl/2023/04/09/wij-volgden-mathieu-van-der-poel-tot-in-de-iconische-douches-van-roubaix-wat-een-uniek-moment~1681062246047/
Cosmic Kid

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04/10/2023 11:20 AM
Just a fantastic race yesterday....only to lead to a somewhat anti-climatic finish.

Bummed for Wout....there is a certain irony to him always coming in behind the grandson of The Eternal Second.

Lots of people calling for MVP and Phillipsen's head after the Degenkolb crash, but that was nothing more than bike racing on the cobbles. Schitt happens and there isn't necessarily someone to blame.

Women's race was great too....full credit to Jackson for not laying down then the group was right on them. She drove the gap back up to a "safe" margin and then still had the legs to win the sprint. Very impressive.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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04/10/2023 02:04 PM
I wish we knew the tire types and sizes and the pressures the teams were running. Was VDP running a few pounds more or a different type of tires?

The variable pressure systems - was Wout running one? (It just seems to me like a bad idea simply because P-R is the ultimate situation where anything that could possibly fail will.)
Orange Crush

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04/11/2023 04:39 AM
JV runs the exact same Vittoria tubeless setup as Alpecin.

Not sure what if anything the role of pressure system was. Could be other factors like tire pressure, rims etc. Or just luck.

Also wondering if being able to increase pressure on road played any role in Degenkolb surprise outstanding performance. It’s been a while since he was this close to front.
Orange Crush

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04/11/2023 04:45 AM
CK - I called Wout “the new Poulidor “ here a few years ago. Seems bang on.

Womens race didn’t seem super exciting but still kudos to Jackson. A Canadian and Dutch winner in one year. What are the odds?! Haha
79pmooney

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04/11/2023 11:40 AM
The CN photo gallery - worth a look

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/the-brutal-and-beautiful-2023-paris-roubaix-gallery/

There is a real sense of the history of the race there. And the heartbreak. Many photos of Degenkolb.
Orange Crush

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04/13/2023 03:14 AM
If you scroll down none of top
10 finishers used tire pressurization system https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/10-conclusions-from-paris-roubaix-and-paris-roubaix-femmes/
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