In a continuing effort to preserve the viability of their favourite race, 'The friends of Paris-Roubaix' are working this week to repair the cobbled sector of Bourghelles - nicknamed le Calvaire - that forms the second part of Sector 6, less than 25km from the finish.
The main part of the work will be to clear the gravel from the final part of the sector, as well as clearing mud and draining water from the sides of the road. As well as this, two specific areas where trenches have formed across the road will be repaved, as well as any areas where the surface has deteriorated seriously. Work will be carried out by students from the Agricultural College of Lomme and financed by the various communes in the Pévèle area.
These latest repairs will, once again, make this sector suitable for cars, and ensure the future of 1100m of pavé in the final kilometres of the race.
'The friends of Paris-Roubaix' is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the preservation of the roads needed to maintain the character of the 'Hell of the North'. It was works carried out by les amis that allowed the return of the Forest of Arenberg to the race last year - repairing the seriously subsided parts, as well as clearing the worst of the mud form the sector at Mons en Pévèle. More information about them and their works can be found on their website www.lesamisdeparisroubaix.com.