Neither, they're too far away from me .. For Geography Fans,
Roubaix is a Town In Northern France Roubaix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.. On the Belgian Border
its the end of a bike race held every spring since 1896 Roubaix :: office de tourisme & Paris-Roubaix 2015 except during the 2 World Wars
when It was One of the Battle Grounds ..
Common farm Commerce Route . before the bitumen pavement took over roads of stones were how it was Done (like the Roman's built roads)
I was in the Area in 1991, but it was summer..
I've heard horror stories about the Hilly Billy from when I was living in WV. Having said that I would like to ride it someday, once I get a bike capable of that.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the exam first, the lesson afterwards.
I am annoyed at the over use of Roubaix. It is not a type of race, as mentioned above it is a city!!!
However I am signed up for Road-Apple Roubaix, Amish Country Roubaix and Funk Bottoms Gravel.
The Hilly Billy looks like it could be more MTB than gravel road. Maybe???
the Road Apple should be a good ride. going to miss it due to a volleyball tourney.
Craig, which ride are you doing in the Funk Gravel, the 100 or 200?
I am going to do Road Apple Roubaix, Amish Country Roubaix, HellKaat Hundie, and Funk Bottoms 200 this year.
This is my first year doing gravel grinders and I don't think I will be up to 200k, especially on a single speed.
Road Apple will be very flat compared to the others but who knows what weather conditions will be. I am leaving open the possibility of riding my fatbike for that one.
What's the point of calling it a "Roubaix"? I don't see any cobbled roads. That's like calling a two-day weekend ride in Michigan a Tour de France
Fair enough, still, "Roubaix" meaning "gravel" is like "Alaska" meaning hot and dry. There's no gravel between Paris and Roubaix. But I guess that's partly the difference between cycling slang in the States vs somebody from Europe.
What you call "Roubaix" is actually "Strade Bianche", the Italian gravel spring race...
This is "Roubaix", the cobblestones...
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have you ever participated in any of the events listed? if so, it would be great to hear your review.
Nope, that would be way to expensive. If I want gravel here in Europe I have various options. But I love the cobblestones of the Carrefour de l'Arbre, Mons-en-Pévèle, Trouée d'Arenberg and Camphin-en-Pévèle. Ever done the full 257 km to feel great on the Velodrome?
I did the Salem Gravel Grinder on Sunday, affectionately known locally as "Oregon's Perry Roubaix" (because it goes through a place named Perrydale). It's not a race and really not even quite an organized ride. One member of the local community just put up a website, mapped a route, negotiated with a local golf course to let a bunch of people park at their clubhouse and sent out invitations.
It was a pretty fun ride -- great people, nice scenery and a whole lot of gravel roads -- pretty much 50 miles of this:
Roubaix Is the Town on the Belgian-French Border, The Classic Race ends At it's Concrete Velodrome which is quite Smooth . the winner does a victory lap .
all others do a Lap around the track too , that is the full distance of the Race.
At least Specialized Bikes Gave up on the Idea that because they applied the name to a Bike Model they Owned It.
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I'd love to do one of the rides in Pennsylvania but the distances are too high for my out of shape behind. A 25-50 miler would be nice