Friday File: Smile Goes To Roubaix, Cycling Art Cards Series 1, Dylan Van Baarle, Flite 1990 Update & Cycling Nirvana

Roy Curvers, 
2013 Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix is coming back with a vengeance. ASO has announced the 112th bumpy edition will be more bumpier sharing the cobbled sections with stage 5 of the Tour. I wonder if Roy Curvers will be smiling, again, afterwards.

2014 Paris-Roubaix. April 13, 257 kms, 28 sectors - 51.1 kms of cobbles.

Cobbled sections featured in both Paris-Roubaix and stage 5 of the Tour de France:

Gruson - Carrefour de l’arbre (1,100m)
Ennevelin - Pont-Thibaut (1,400m)
Mons-en-Pévèle (3,000m in Paris-Roubaix / 1000m in Tour de France)
Bersée (2,600m in Paris-Roubaix / 1,400m in the Tour de France)
Orchies - Beuvry (1,400m)
Sars-et-Rosières - Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes (2,400m)
Brillon - Warlaing (2,400m in Paris-Roubaix / 1,400m in the Tour de France)
Wandignies-Hamage - Hornaing (3,700m)
Hélesmes - Wallers (1,600m)

Cancellara will be the man to watch, again.

My Cycling Art 5 X 7" collectors cards (series 1) along with Red Dots cycling caps are now available at Musette Caffe, Vancouver...

Suitable for framing, gift giving my cycling art cards are meticulously printed by me.
photo Cycling Art

Two in a row...

Marcel Kittel performs his sprinting magic to win Stage 3, Tour of Dubai. One young rider to watch is 21 year old, Dylan Van Baarle (Garmin Sharp, blue helmet) who finished (4th) behind Peter Sagan (red  points jersey). He's getting closer to a big win.

It's not all warm temperatures, the Etoile de Besseges French 5-day stage race is on... rain included.

My Flite 1990 update...

A good fit on my 1987 Marinoni.
Photo: Cycling Art

Today, I returned from a very cold ride and noticed I've tacked on 236 kms on my new Flite 1990 saddle. After numerous positioning adjustments, I'm feeling the saddle is getting to the comfortable stage. Like all new leather saddles, it will take time to 'soften' - but it's going to be worth it. 

Today's cycling nirvana goes to...

Dutchman, Piet Van Kempen...
6-Day races, Wembley, 1936.