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2016 Paris–Roubaix: Pre-Race

2016 Paris–Roubaix: Pre-Race

As far we can tell, the Team Presentation is a warm-up for sign-in. Or maybe, think of it like a wedding rehearsal.

2016 Paris–Roubaix: Pre-Race


I Presentation

As far we can tell, the Team Presentation is a warm-up for sign-in. Or maybe, think of it like a wedding rehearsal. An opportunity to practice parking, smiling, writing your name, walking on stage, etc. You don’t have to wear your full suit but you do need to look nice. Yes the whole exercise is pointless and yes it’s as much about ceremony as anything else, but also, it’s a chance to mix and mingle and who doesn’t love that!?


  1. There were professional cyclists.
  2. There was a crowd.
  3. There were kids, pumped out of their minds.
  4. There was a dude in head-to-toe denim.
  5. There were ladies armed with t-shirt cannons.
  6. There was the whole stage thing.
  7. See, sign-in basically.

II Cannondale Pro Cycling Team Roubaix Roster
A Study of Horsepower

  1. An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human.
  2. Horses can’t vomit.
  3. The word chivalry comes from cheval the French word for horse.
  4. Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water a day
  5. It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof.
  6. Horses can lock the muscles in their legs so they can go to sleep standing up and not fall over.
  7. Horses can run 25-30 miles an hour.
  8. The fastest recorded (race) speed was 43.97 miles an hour.
Ryan Mullen / January 30, 1994 / Birkenhead
Alan Marangoni / Lugo, Italy / July 16, 1984
"I’ve ridden a horse but I didn't ride it seriously. I rode a camel in Egypt."
"If I had a horse I would name it Fabian, like Fabian Cancellara."
Wouter Wippert / Almelo, The Netherlands / August 14, 1990
"I rode a horse on my 25th birthday party in a desert in California. It was kind of a joke."
Sebastian Langeveld / January 17, 1985 / Leiden, The Netherlands "I rode a horse like six years ago. I don’t think I liked it. If I had a horse I would name Calimero. I don’t have any clothes from the company Polo."
Dylan van Baarle / May 21, 1992 / Voorburg, The Netherlands
"I’ve never ridden a horse. I would like to ride a horse one day, I’d ride Western-style like Jesse James. If I had a racehorse I would name it Pio-o-My like in The Sopranos."
There are only two ways to get one of these. Race a Spring Classic, or buy one. Details forthcoming. Art by Benjamin Marra
Phil Gaimon / January 28, 1986 / Columbus, Ohio "I’ve ridden a couple of horses. As a kid. If I owned a horse I would name it Winnie. I wanted a Polo shirt when I was a kid but my parents were super cheap so they bought me this knock-off from a brand called Knights of the Round Table."
Jack Bauer / April 7, 1985 / Takaka, New Zealand
Kristijan Koren / November 25, 1986 / Postojna, Slovenia
"I’ve never ridden a horse, but if I owned one I would call it Alex."

III The Call-Up

“I was sitting having dinner by myself in the red light district in Amsterdam, reading my twitter feed, and there pops-up a picture of Phil packing rain gear into a suitcase. I just knew I had to drive down and support him. He got called up, so I got called up. No questions asked I had to be there. He needs a fan, I mean look at him, he needs someone to look after him. I got in car and six hours later I’m in Chantilly. I was the loudest fan at Presentation. I just wanted him to know that he was loved.”


—Astrid Van Uden


IV Spring Classics (aka Cobble Goblins) Underwriters
Thank You!

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