The same issue which tore at the fabric of Paris-Roubaix is happening in our own backyard.
Moreland council plans to replace the charming cobbled pavé alleys with fresh bitumen, forever changing the aesthetic of the area.
The essence of Paris-Roubaix remaining Queen of the Classics was to preserve the back country cobbled roads to ensure it didn't become a pawn in the cycling calendar.
Looks like Melburn-Roobaix will eventually suffer a similiar fate - unless the council is given good reason to preserve this cultural identity. As it turns out, one of the planned sectors for 2012's route is the first to undergo Morelands's permenant cultural plastic surgery.
Read more: Same problem. Different country.