This weekend Guy is heading off once more to the land of France for the annual Paris-Roubaix sportive; having cycled back to Sutton from Bracklesham Bay to sort his bike out, we can tell he’s on it.
First ridden in 1896, the Paris-Roubaix is one of cycling’s oldest races and gains its fierce reputation from the various cobbled sections that punctuate the route. To stop his bones being shaken to dust, Guy has been making special alterations to his Pearson Carbon Audax.
First and foremost are a good set of wheels; strong enough to endure a beating from the rough terrain without compromising performance – Guy will be rolling on a set of Ambrosio Excellence rims laced onto Zenith hubs. Sitting upon these fine wheels are a pair of Vittoria Open Pavé tyres, a strong, light tyre developed with classic races like the Paris-Roubaix in mind with a tough 320TPI casing.
To prevent his hands resonating like a tuning fork, Guy has double wrapped his Fizik’ Microtex bar tape with Fizik Bar Gel in between the two layers. Gel pads help dissipate large shocks and vibrations as well as offering a wide, comfortable grip.
Whether you’re riding one of the classics this year, exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh or navigating the pothole strewn roads of Surrey, hopefully these tips will help take the edge off things.
Best of luck to Guy... Watch this space for a full report on the Paris-Roubaix, once his fingers have regained enough feeling to type.