You may recall that earlier this month, one of the videos we flagged up following Paris-Roubaix showed Mavic staff as they went about their business of providing neutral assistance in what is invariably their busiest day of the year. Well, it’s not just the pros who get that top-notch treatment – 24 hours earlier, amateur riders taking part in the Paris-Roubaix Challenge were also able to benefit from the help of the men in yellow, as this video shows.
As Mavic say, “The Paris-Roubaix challenge offers amateur cyclists the chance to ride the mythical cobblestones of the Hell of the North, just one day before the pros. Mavic neutral support completes the experience by offering complete service on this rugged route, in case of punctures, crashes, or equipment problems. In total, Mavic neutral support is present more than 100 days during the season, helping amateurs and professionals alike to succeed in their events.”
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.