A year since Australian Matthew Hayman’s remarkable victory in the most famous Spring Classic of them all, the Paris-Roubaix, Scott Bikes have released images of the Foil he’ll be defending the cobble upon.
The then 37 year old veteran Hayman, who usually rides in a domestique role for his Australian team, Orica-Scott, had never come close to winning in his previous 14 starts and last year was even less likely, coming back from a long lay-off with a broken radius bone.
But he dominated all day and beat all the big guns in a sprint at the famous Roubaix velodrome to take by far the biggest victory of his long career.
This year Matt will be defending his title on a custom Scott Foil. The design is the result of a geometric interpretation of the cobble stone vibrations and goes through the whole bike to form a Kangaroo at the side of the top tube. The colours represent the national colours of Australia, but in more ‘earthy’ tones to illustrate the dust, dirt and toughness of the roads of Paris-Roubaix. Within the design on the top tube is a phrase that reflects Hayman’s famous race philosophy, ‘Always keep riding’ and is written in typical Paris-Roubaix road signage style.
By Phil Latz.