My gift from the caretakers of hell!
Les Amis de Paris–Roubaix the “friends” of the race is an enthusiasts’ group founded by Jean-Claude Vallaeys in 1983. It is based in France but open to members all over the world. Its aim was to find enough stretches of cobbled road to preserve the nature of the race. So many roads had been resurfaced that, as the organiser said, there was a risk that it would become a fast race on smooth roads won by sprinters rather than those who had fought through hell. Alain Bernard, who succeeded Vallaeys, says: “We have succeeded in that. Today, the association looks after the maintenance of these paths of legend, working with local administrations to preserve them.
A small donation for now, hopefully I’ll get to go over and help out in person one day?!