When I wrote the piece for Bicycling, I put a copy of it here on The Inner Ring too. I included a quote from Dutch rider Theo De Rooij who described the misery of riding Paris-Roubaix… but he’d jump at the chance to come back the following year and do it again. 25 years ago the rider summed up something unique about the sport.
To my great surprise and delight Theo De Rooij himself dropped by to leave a comment:
For a European rider like me at the time I was startled that my quotes became legendary. I mean, it is all about the winner, who cares about a guy who ends up in the broom wagon, looking and smelling like s… (bleep)? John Tesh did and it seems he is a big star in the USA. Even after so many years it is always nice to read these words. I can assure you that crossing the stretch of Wallers-Arenberg as the first rider of the race, as I did in 1985 and 1987, without feeling a single stone because you are in a flow, is one of the most exiting experiences a rider can have.
I’m really enjoying all the comments on here. I’ll admit I was at first wary of even allowing comments as they could be host to spam, or worse, aggressive, argumentative and even libellous rantings. But so far, they’re a joy to read and it’s always good to see the feedback, debate or additional information they generate.
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