I'm particularly looking forward to the Paris-Roubaix.
Apart from the LIVE coverage which is SBS will
again screen on Easter Sunday, it's the battle on the cobbles which
makes the race one of world sports' most unique events - bar none.
Otherwise known as the "Hell of the North", legends have been
created down the years by those who have conquered the hostile
conditions in the Paris-Roubaix.
Unfortunately, injury to Stuart O'Grady will prevent the likeable
Aussie from repeating the performance this year.
But that's not expected to take anything away from the race.
It's an unpredictable race to tip a winner at the best of times, yet
I have a couple of favourites I'd like to see challenge for the
"cobbled trophy" presented to the victor in the historic Roubaix
George Hincapie is an American who has been part of the pro-cycling
scene for almost 15 years.
He has been plagued by bad luck and misfortune at Paris-Roubaix,
having never enjoyed the victory spoils, but I'm hoping the Team
Columbia rider will do it in 2009.
Australian-born German Heinrich Haussler has "come of age" after a
wonderful start to the season.
I've spoke to his mother in Inverell in the last few days and she
says her talented son is "ready to shake the foundations in Roubaix".
Lastly, look out for a real darkhorse - his name is Martijn Maaskant
- a 23 year-old Dutchman with attitude.
The Garmin rider finished fourth in last year's Paris-Roubaix in his
first attempt and there's no reason to suggest he could go all the
way this time around.
Either way, make sure you set aside 10.10pm on Sunday, April 12th as
man and machine battle the elements for one of the greatest shows on