I'm entered in the sold out Barry-Roubaix gravel road race next month in Michigan. I'm in the 55+ division and believe that we will start in a wave which includes everyone in the 45+ and up races. I have not done the race but do know a few riders who raced there before. One can't predict the race conditions and the final race course will be determined up to the day of the race. The reports I have gotten suggest that a cross bike is in order and a road bike would be good except for the single track section and the skinny tires on loose gravel.
I have a Trek XO1 that I race cross with and a Specialized HardRock Comp 29'er that I could use if the conditions are really poor. I also have a Specialized CF Roubaix with a compact crank. I was able to mount Kenda Kwick 30mm tires on the wheels and there is clearance under the Sram brakes. I also have several sets of cross tires including Conti Speeds in 35mm and Mud 2's in 33mm to use on the Trek XO1.
I don't know how tight the gravel is on the roads and would like to ride the Roubaix with the 30mm tires. Looking at images of the race last year I see guys lined up with mtb and cross bikes. I am thinking that the Roubaix could give me some advantage at the start while the race sorts itself out.
Anyone done the race? How about racing on a gravel road? I seek the collective wisdom and experience of the Cylclocross Forum.
I do plan on riding on gravel and dirt roads in W PA next weekend but don't want to assume those roads will be made of the same materials.