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Forest of Wallers

Forest of Wallers

Old railway bridge above the cobblestone section of Wallers

Once a year, this disused railway bridge plays a starring role, namely during the passage of the spring classic in cycling: Paris-Roubaix.

The railway bridge hangs above the kilometer-long cobblestone strip that cuts through the Wallers-Arenberg forest.

Terril no. 171

Stone waste from the nearby coal mine was transported via a train track to a tens of meters high rubble pile, slag heap no. 171 on the Mare à Goriaux. The slag heap extends over a distance of two kilometers.

The freight wagons reached the slag heap via the railway bridge above the Trouée d'Arenberg.

Miner Stablinski

French cyclist Jean Stablinski, who worked for several months in a nearby coal mine, proposed the cobblestone section to the organizers of the Paris-Roubaix cycling race in 1968. Since then, Arenberg has been part of the cycling race route.

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