"l'Enfer du Nord" (The Hell of the North), Paris-Roubaix is one of cycling's oldest races. It is well known for the many 'cobbled sectors' over which it runs, being considered to be one of the cobbled classics. The Trouée d'Arenberg has become the symbol of Paris--Roubaix. Officially 'La Drève des Boules d'Herin', the 2.4km of cobbles were laid in the time of Napoleon I through the Raismes Forest-Saint-Amand-Wallers, close to Wallers and Valenciennes.

"It's the true definition of hell. It's very dangerous, especially in the first kilometer when we enter it at more than 60kph. It's unbelievable. The bike goes in all directions." - Filippo Pozzato

Theo de Rooij - "It's a bollocks, this race! You're working like an animal, you don't have time to piss, you wet your pants. You're riding in mud like this, you're slipping ... it's a pile of shit."

When then asked if he would start the race again, de Rooij replied:

"Sure, it's the most beautiful race in the world!"

On 25th June 2011 I rode it...

Music: Everlong - The Foo Fighters.

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