The Roubaix Showers - Signed Issue 19.2 Cover Print192_Cover_Print_Blann
The Roubaix showers by Michael Blann; world renowned photographer, famous in the cycling world for Mountains, the culmination of a body of work depicting cycling’s greatest and most iconic climbs.
"To the passing observer, the Roubaix shower block which is located in a shabby municipal building adjacent to the Roubaix Velodrome would probably bring back bad memories of school PE classes and cold showers. To the informed racing cyclist these represent hallowed ground. After all this is where every great cyclist that has fought their way over the cobbled farm tracks of northern France in seek of victory in Paris-Roubaix has found themselves, post race, washing off the mud and grime in this brutalist concrete shower block.
"Sadly the allure of communal showering has been more recently superseded by the luxury of team buses. Only a few pros now venture over to honour tradition. Philippe Gilbert was one exception in 2018 but he was one of only a few and was out-numbered by journalists wanting to grab a soundbite.
As a photographer the allure is no different, even if the spectacle has lost a little of its drama and importance. The fabric of the building remains the same and the years of grime that has stained the concrete is testament to its history.
Linking a sense of place with history has always fascinated me and Roubaix was no different. It took me back to my first exposure to cycling, watching Marc Madiot, mud obliterating his Renault Elf cycling kit on the way to winning his first Paris-Roubaix."
About the print
- Limited to 40 pieces
- Signed and numbered by the photographer
- Printed onto Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm paper
- Sized to fit any A2 frame
- Delivered rolled in a poster tube