The Paris-Roubaix race is on and what you have to watch out for are cyclocross bikes. Robbie McEwen of Katusha has Ridley for a sponsor. Like many other competitors, he will be using a cyclocross bike in the competition. With Ridley’s principle of “Form follows Function”, most of the Katusha’s team rode on Ridley X-Fires on last year’s season. Ridley also sponsors the Telenet-Fidea and Sunweb-Reynor pro cyclo-cross teams. Filippo Pozzato won second to Tom Boonen last year riding the Ridley Damocles road setup.
McEwen came in second to Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) at the Scheldeprijs race. Although he is in good shape, he said that the Paris-Roubaix is more of a tactical move by the team. “My world ranking gives us good car position in the convoy, about sixth. Without me there, we’d be 21st.”
Cyclocross bikes of different kinds will grace the racing event. Milram team riders will most likely be on Focus Mares. In-line brake levers and cantilever brakes are some items to take note. Other riders will be on bikes with double or triple thick handlebar tape and sealed cable housing.
Other teams will be on cyclocross bikes that look like stock ‘cross designs, a mix-up of road and ‘cross as well as with road forks. There are also those who will ride with a front dual-pivot caliper road brake.
Via CX Magazine