There's not much time to do justice to the Paris Roubaix story in the time available. I should be in the garage pulling gear for tomorrow's trip to the four days of Sea Otter as I'm still incredibly jet lagged and can't stand the thought of another late night. It was a week full of fun with the Specialized boys, Matt from CyclingNews, Neil from Road Bike Action and my Dutch friends Wilfred and Matthias who drove for us. I shot the Roubaix bike, clothing, team prerides, cobbles and finally the race itself on Sunday. Along the way I bumped into Daniel Pasley (creator of the Rapha Continental) who was shooting a project for Castelli; big grins at our collective good fortune.
We managed two cobbled sections in addition to the start and finish of a very dry, dusty classic. I'm still not sure how I feel about covering big races. With so few opportunities to catch the peloton, it's extremely frustrating. I managed ASO accreditation into the Velodrome but not a photo vest to get closer to the action before the race finished. There's more I could say about that situation but in the interest of diplomacy and future access I'll leave it at that.
What follows is a mix of images from the race and the assignment. I'm still struck by how quickly the whole thing wraps up post race. Riders shower, while mechanics power wash bikes and cars at a rapid clip. Three hours later we're having dinner at the Sheraton in Brussels, George Hincapie sitting directly behind me at another table, all cleaned up and relaxed like nothing happened. PRO.