Paris - Roubaix

Next Sunday, the professionals will race from Paris to Roubaix. One of the five greatest cycing classics. A monument or Queen of Classics.

In fact the peloton will start in Compiegne, a town near Paris. From there they'll ride nearly 260 km towards the Belgium border. The course consist of many cobblestones.

Picture: Edmond Roger

The riders call this course the Hell of the North. However, this is not about the length or the (lack of) pavement. The nickname was born after World War I or the Great War. Riding along the former trenches, they saw the scars in the landscape (again) and realized what had happened over there.

In 2014 it's 100 year after the outbreak of WWI. For those interested, I wrote some book reviews on my other blog: 1913 and The First World War.

Keep on cycling!

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