The Specialized-sponsored team will ride aboard the Specialized Roubaix, one of our top picks of the best endurance road bikes, which is named after the iconic race in the north of France. The frames are painted with a red/orange colourway as well as white and purple.
"The Queen of the Classics. Meet the embodiment of Grit & Grace," the team wrote on Twitter. "This race is a big deal, and we're honored to ride a bike like this!"
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The Roubaix's frame is constructed from the brand's Fact 11r carbon, and the brand claims the frame is just as aero as its Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 road bike.
The main feature of the Roubaix is the Future Shock 2.0, which is a small suspension system embedded into the cockpit of the bike. It can be switched from open to closed depending on the road conditions that a rider anticipates.
Specialized has also included the S-Works Pavé seatpost to smooth road vibrations and impacts. Team SD Worx has specced a SRAM drivetrain along with Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels and S-Works Turbo tyres.
On 2 October, the bikes will tackle 116km of pavement and cobbles. The route will feature 17 cobblestone sections to challenge the top women cyclists.
The first women's Paris Roubaix has been rescheduled twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans and commentators have been eagerly awaiting a women's version of one of the most popular and storied races in pro cycling.
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Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California and quickly learned how fun road cycling can be. He has dabbled in road, criterium and cyclocross racing as well. He lives in Durango, Colorado, where there are endless mountain views and hilly gravel routes.
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