First run in 1896, Paris-Roubaix was initially conceived as a "leg loosener" for Bordeaux-Paris that, at the time, was considered the most important springtime race. Despite being half the distance of this race, Paris-Roubaix soon became an entity in itself on account of its sheer brutality. It quickly gained a diabolical reputation thanks to the parcours traversing unpaved forest roads and cobblestone tracks often made more treacherous by persistent, driving rain and energy-draining headwinds.
Now well established, the race took an enforced four-year hiatus due to the First World War, but this period gave rise to the competition's most notorious and descriptive moniker. Six months after the Armistice, the race began its twentieth edition and followed the line of the Western Front. Passing through towns and countryside ravaged by war and death and entombed under grey, sombre skies, one journalist penned the race as being situated within "the Hell of the North", and the appropriate nickname has stuck ever since.
Today, years after the passing of the First World War, the peloton still has to combat much of the same terrain as it struggles across the infamous pavé of northern France. Despite time easing the travesty of war, there remains a spectre over this race that adds to its drama and cements its claim as the most important and toughest one day race on the calendar.
L'Enfer du Nord Legacy Organic T-Shirt
A mid-grey t-shirt in 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton, hand screen printed with designs inspired by Paris-Roubaix.
Regular fitting, the super soft cotton construction is finished with a 1x1 ribbed collar with twin needle topstitch, herringbone back neck tape, wide double topstitch hems and full side seams to ensure elevated levels of post ride comfort.