Flanders Friday! Resurfacing Hell

The Great Arenberg Makeover

Trench warfare gets a makeover [Short programming note: I have pledged to write a weekly tidbits thing from now until the end of the Cobbled Classics. If you don’t know why, can I recommend a some light reading ?] “Hey, did you see they are resurfacing the Arenberg Trench?” is what I thought would be the last thing I would hear before things got all hazy and I floated off in the direction of a bright white light. Sure, the days of French mayors smoothing over the rough surfaces we have come to know and love are basically gone. You’d be taking your life in your hands if you tried to tarmac the Carrefour de L’Arbe nowadays. But the great surfaces of the Cobbled Classics are prone to upgrading, and the potential for their character to be diminished in the name of rider safety is very real. So it was ...

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