Hell of the North
Paris–Roubaix is one of the oldest and most prestigious races of professional road cycling. It was first run in 1896 and has stopped only for two world wars. It's nickname l'enfer du Nord, or Hell of the North though aptly named is not because of the difficulty or danger of its cobble sections for which the race is famous for but because of WW1.
"We enter into the centre of the battlefield. There's not a tree, everything is flattened! Not a square meter that has not been hurled upside down. There's one shell hole after another. The only things that stand out in this churned earth are the crosses with their ribbons in blue, white and red. It is hell!" -The real Hell of the North
Seriously one of the nicest and toughest guys in the peloton got his cycling start here in Redding. I remember watching him do a max heart rate test on the trainer in the parking lot of Sue's Java, when his heart rate got up to around 220bpm the coach shut him down, I believe to say, 'you might want to get that looked at' or something to that effect. He quickly started dominating the group rides and learning from the more experienced local riders, always with a smile he worked hard and rose to become a pro.
"Now in his fifth year with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, eight-year veteran Chris Jones returns to the Team following an impressive solid 2014 campaign. Jones was unquestionably a key member of last year’s squad, playing a major role not only supporting in his Teammates and delivering them to multiple top podium results, but also as an aggressive breakaway opportunist. Jones earned 4th place on Stage 5 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, as well as an impressive 4th in the 2014 US Professional Road Race, his second top-10 result in the race. In 2012, Jones finished 5th Overall in the Tour of Britain, scoring the Team’s best European GC result to date at that point. One of the toughest men in the sport, Jones experienced a severe crash during the 2012 Amgen Tour of California which required 20 plus stitches a lacerated knee, only to push through the balance of the Tour and shepherd his Teammates to success. The dependable, dynamic and selfless Northern California native continually delivers for his mates, whether it is in the mountains, the narrow roads in Italy or the cobblestones in Belgium. -United Health Care Cycling Team