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How Paris-Roubaix began - Video

April 12 would have been the 118th edition of Paris-Roubaix, but do you know how the cycling's majestic 'Hell of the North' Monument got started? The crew at inCycle looked into it and put together this short video to help explain.

The turn of the century saw Roubaix rise as a leader in both the wool and mining industries, and the labourers who fed those industries were meant to entertain themselves at the local velodrome every Sunday – their only day off.

To promote the velodrome, a race from Paris-Roubaix was created for professional riders and some amateurs. Learn more about the race, and about the first riders who helped build its place in cycling lore, in this video.

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