This is it: the Parigi-Roubax. The mother of all classic races is cruellest because of her soil. Pavé. The cyclist’s nightmare living in the North of France. This is no joke. The Arenberg forest is one of the most historic and hardest parts of it. A huge dark wood where coal mines can still be found. Racing on this old cobblestone means you feel every jerk and vibration driviving throught your entire body. You can really feel the pain while coal dust sticks to your face and melts with your sweat.
The men on wheels have to hold their bike as firmly as they can while trying to mantain speed. Never mind if rains, if it’s freezing. Trying to avoid all of those damned stones and survive is the goal. That’s why they call it Northern Hell.