FS:~~~Paris-Roubaix Race History~~~

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.marketplace archive' started by Barbour Warren, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. For Sale: A Century of Paris-Roubaix by Pascal Sergent

    This is a 392 page 'coffee table' book on Paris-Roubaix. It
    has accounts of each race from 1896 to 1995. It is hardbound
    (8 3/4" x 11 1/2") and has black/white and color pictures.
    It is in very good/excellent condition. See reviews below.

    $55 including 'book rate' shipping

    Thanks, Barbour Warren

    A couple of reviews:

    1)A century of Paris-Roubaix by Pascal Sergent, translated
    by Richard Yates, foreword by Jean-Marie Leblanc The
    official companion guide to the centenary Paris - Roubaix
    of 1996, this lavishly illustrated album tells the story
    of every edition of the race that Jacques Goddet called
    "the last touch of craziness in cycling". It is well worth
    it for the pictures and contemporary newspaper clippings
    alone, but the writing is also of a high standard, whether
    it is the battles between Faber, Lapize and Crupelandt,
    the epic struggle of Van Steenbergen to stay with Coppi,
    the incomparable De Vlaeminck or the tenacity of Duclos-
    Lasalle. A book for the coffee table and the serious
    student alike.

    2)This book covers the first 100 calendar years of the
    'Queen of the Classics', Paris-Roubaix, beginning with the
    early years of the race, when riders were paced by teams
    of riders, automobiles, and bizarre 3-wheeled motorcycle
    contraptions, to Franco Ballarinis first win in 1995. In
    between we are introduced to such legends as Merck, Moser,
    De Vlaeminck, Coppi, the PĂ©lissier brothers, and both
    Riks, Van Steenbergen and Van Looy. Each edition of the
    race is given equal and detailed coverage. Possibly the
    best feature of the book is the period L'Auto and L'Equipe
    newspaper coverage, as well as archive advertisements,
    both for the race itself and the various riders sponsors.
    Also included is an assortment of cartoons of the race,
    usually depicting the devil pouncing up from beneath the
    cobblestones to torment the riders. The text has that
    translated feel to it but is very readable. A must for the
    spring classics fan. Now, if they would only do a similar
    book in English about the Tour of Flanders...