We don't need to tell you just how hard a race Paris-Roubaix is...so we thought we'd show you instead

These pictures of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles, taken by Strava photographer Berntrand Trichet, show just how rough, irregular and muddy the cobbles are at this time of the year.

Riding them in fine weather is hard enough, but douse them with water and the challenge grows even more, so take a look at some of the toughest of the 27 cobbled sectors in pictures.

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  • TimSchmidt

    You’re not allowed to talk anymore since you asked that.

  • kees kroket

    well why not ride the tour de france indivudually on a tacx at home. Come on we are in 21st century, we have internet and big screens at home. No need for pro’s to ride outside

  • Martin Young

    On Paris-Roubaix: “It’s a bollocks, this race! You’re working like an animal, you don’t have time to p**s, you wet your pants. You’re riding in mud like this, you’re slipping… it’s a pile of s**t.”

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

    “Sure, it’s the most beautiful race in the world!”

    ~Theo de Rooij, cyclist.

  • James Heath

    they just need double wrapping in bar tape instead

  • EnEijE

    It’s supposed to be tough, that’s professional cycling…..If it were easy everyone would turn pro

  • stefanrohner

    sure not, ride it, then you will know the difference.

  • J1

    QFT.

  • Alex

    The roads are worse here in the UK ridden with potholes and huge cracks.

  • JimmyM

    Troll level: Expert.

  • Anthony Gough

    its paris-roubaix why not on roads like this? you dont hear the riders complaining , pro cyclists ar’nt like football players and need wrapping in cotton wool

  • Szekerka András

    Tradition. Legend. Paris-Roubaix.

  • Bodo Vosshenrich

    Why would anyone organise a bicycle-race there, or even ride a bike there ? Come on, we are in the 21st century, we have roads with asphalt even in the nord of France. What is this ? Torture ? Gladiator-fights ?

  • Del_Varner

    Looks like some of the roads I ride on after a winter in Ohio.