I’ve been lucky enough to catch a lot of races abroad this spring, my trips to Spring Classics ended with a visit to Paris Roubaix to see the pros take on the Hell of the North. The race gets its name from the shocking state of the French countryside after the First World War. The brutality of the cobbled sectors also helps give it that name. The riders go over around 54km of cobbled roads, ranging from ‘nicer’ ones to the truly awful Trouee d’Arenberg and Carrefour de l’Arbre where there’s no hiding.
The race truly is a test of strength, the riders who made the finish were battered, broken and covered in mud/dust from riding those roads.
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