Hey guys…………coach sd, here.
With the arrival of Spring, comes the “Euro classics”………..long, hard races characterized by crappy euro-weather & pave’ sections of narrow cobblestone roads. Epic races for the hardmen of cycling.
In the U.S., we don’t have many races like this, (because we don’t have many roads built by the Romans).
But what we DO have is a very cool variation on the theme…….often called “Roubaix” events/races (named so after the famous Paris-Roubaix).
Rather than cobblestone roads……..U.S. “Roubaix” events are a blend of gravel/dirt/paved roads. Now while you may think these type of events are more dangerous that you generic metric or Mtn-century, on the contrary, they are generally much SAFER.
–far fewer cars on dirt/gravel roads
–greatly diminished speed of the group
–lots more selective “small group” riding
And if you’re looking for an epic training-event…….you can easily pack 80+miles of “road” riding effort into 40-50miles of “roubaix” riding.
Plus, any road-bike w/ 25-28mm tires……..or even a cross-bike w/ 28-33mm tires will work.
While the roubaix-style events are growing nationally, we have 2 GREAT Roubaix-races right here in Western NC:
–Love Valley Roubaix (50miles) on March-24th: http://www.bluemountainrevival.com/LVRoubaix.php
–Boone-Roubaix (50miles) on April-20th: http://booneroubaix.com/
I’m calling these our “Carolina Classics”!
**While I’d love to be at both, I’ll be visiting in-laws in Michigan on Mar-23/24 (& doing the Midwest’s Barry-Roubaix while up there….wink). However, it’d be great if we can send a team of 10-20+ riders to each.
Let me know if you have any questions on either event.
As always, I’d be glad to help.