Specialized and SD Worx have released a film called ‘Grit & Grace’, documenting the run-up to the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes.
Brought out a week in advance of the second-ever edition of the iconic ‘Queen of the Classics’ – and dedicated to Amy Pieters – the film provides a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage, taking viewers from the team’s dusty summer recon, to the preparation of brand new team bikes, right up to the day of Paris-Roubaix Femmes itself.
Though the race is the focus, the film also features interview snippets with key voices in women’s cycling, past and present. Former world and Olympic champion Connie Carpenter-Phinney and 1984 Tour de France winner Marianne Martin join Anna van der Breggen, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak and Christine Majerus in illustrating the progress of women’s professional cycling.
Though SD Worx didn’t feature as heavily as they would have liked on the way to Roubaix, the whole film delivers a wholesome, optimistic and positive picture of a groundbreaking event, and of women’s cycling in general.