Paris-Roubaix from 1986 to 2015 - Gallery

The pave, pain and joy of 'The Hell of the North'

Since it's first edition in 1896, Paris-Roubaix has grown to become one of the most iconic races on the cycling calendar. Known as 'The Queen of the Classics', or 'The Hell of the North, the French race with its sectors of pavé appears an anachronism in the highly professionalised 21st century world of cycling. 

It is a race for those who can handle the rough pavé and 250km plus length but often it is not the strongest rider who wins the race. Paris-Roubaix often sees completely different bikes for the riders compared to the rest of the year with Bianchi even supplying a 'dual suspension' road bike in the 1990s.

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Belgians Roger De Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen hold the record for the most amount of wins on four although seven riders have three wins to their name and 11 with two. Experience counts on the pavé and once riders have a feel for the race, numerous riders have gone on to dominate across 113 previous editions.

On the eve of the 2016 edition of the race, Cyclingnews has put together a gallery from the 'The Hell of the North' from the late 1980's to 2015.

Swipe or click through the gallery above for some of the best photos from recent editions of Paris-Roubaix and click here to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel

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