How experienced of a cyclist do you consider yourself to be? If you’re a pro and are willing to brave some of the most difficult terrain in the world, consider heading to Northern France. It’s here where you’ll find the cobbled roads that are part of the Paris-Roubaix, the culmination of a two-week trek across 53 treacherous kilometers.

The Paris-Roubaix cobbled stones are among the harshest in the region and besides rattling various parts of the body, they are incredibly slippery, especially on dry days when a thin layer of dust covers their surface and falls are easy to come by. The race requires a tremendous amount of focus, power, and discipline to safely navigate. In fact, the race has come to be known as the “Hell of the North”.

Those who manage to make it across all 53 kilometers of the Paris-Roubaix reportedly emerge with an entirely new perspective on the sport of cycling. If you’re looking for the next greatest challenge, it might be worth giving it a shot.

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