As part of the build up to this weekends Paris-Roubaix The Bike Lane brings you the iconic Danish documentary A Sunday in Hell (original title: En Forårsdag i Helvede). The documentary is a cronology of the Paris-Roubaix held on April 11, 1976 from the perspective of the riders, event staff and spectators. With an army of photographers, Jorgen Leth followed the riders and race and edited the footage into this spectacular documentary.
Paris-Roubaix is one of the most grueling and famous races in the world of pro-cycling, held on roads, rough terrain and cobblestones. First held in 1896 it’s a race for the hard men and winners include a who’s who of cycling. Roger De Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen, both from Belgium have the most number of wins at four each, Eddy Mercckx won three times, Francesco won four times in a row from 1978 through 1980, other winners include the likes of Sean Kelly, Johan Museeuw, Tour de France hero Bernard Hinault and of course Fabian Cancellara.
I can’t wait for Sunday, In the meantime enjoy this legendary Paris-Roubaix footage.