Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Monday, March 28, 2011

What Wikipedia Says about Paris Roubaix

"Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional bicycle road race in northern France near the Belgian frontier. Since its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix (hence the name); since 1968 the start city is Compiègne (about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-east from Paris center), whilst the finish is still in Roubaix. Famous for rough terrain and cobblestones (setts),[n 1] it is one of the 'Monuments' or Classics of the European calendar, and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking. It has been called The Hell of the North, A Sunday in Hell, (which is also the title of a film about the 1976 edition of the race) Queen of the Classics or La Pascale: the Easter race.[1] The race is organised by the media group Amaury Sport Organisation annually in mid-April."

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