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Our Ilkley store manager Bernie is back from an amazing weekend at Paris Roubaix! Bernie was invited by Cervelo to join the Jumbo-Visma support team and gain intimate access behind the scenes and on the road at the Queen of the Classics, Paris Roubaix.

On arriving at the Hell of the North, Bernie was granted access to the team’s pre-race preparation, commenting: ‘We were able to meet the support team at the riders hotel before the start of the race and gain an insight into the preparation that goes into the hardest single day race of the year.‘ Bernie then got to ride with one of the helpers in the team van, where they assisted with spare wheels and bottles through 3 pave sectors.

On seeing the race action up close, Bernie said: ‘The pave was much worse up close than you would ever imagine compared with watching on the TV – the speed the leaders came past was insane. Such a shame Wout punctured just after his attack, the team and back up crew were gutted after the finish but that’s bike racing, you need a bit of luck on your side to win the Paris Roubaix.

Bernie was also given the opportunity to delve into the technology being utilised at the hardest one-day race on the cycling calendar;

Bikes: All Jumbo-Visma riders were on the latest Cervelo Soloist aero bike
Tyres: 30mm Vittoria Corsa Pro
Pressure: 64psi in rear 62psi in the front
New inflation system? A couple of riders were using the tyre inflation system but not Wout, Christophe or Dylan.
Gearing: Sram x1 with 54 chainring with 10/28 cassette.

Overall, an incredible weekend of cycling action – huge thanks to Cervelo and Team Jumbo-Visma for the hospitality and insight.