Don't get too rattled by the recent reports of Paris-Roubaix skipping the Arenberg forest this year. I hear it's a ritual designed to keep the pressure on the local govt. to keep up the roads. Here's Tommke when he was just a squirt.
I did some road racing in the days of wool, and some mountain bike racing as well. When the after-race beer trucks stopped coming to MB races, I did too. I once had a gig as a bike messenger. At Western Union in '69 in SF, there were no fixed gears or tight pants, just cheap bikes and low pay!