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    Roubaix

    post which one(s) you've signed up for and give a blurb about it. so far, i'm in two this year.
    the Hilly Billy and the Amish Country Roubaix

    can't wait!

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    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..

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    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.
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    I'd really like to do the Rouge Roubaix.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bgav View Post
    I'd really like to do the Rouge Roubaix.

    That is so rad.

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    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???

    Craig

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    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?

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    btw, here's the link to the Funk Bottom gravel. i like the price!!

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    I am going to do Road Apple Roubaix, Amish Country Roubaix, HellKaat Hundie, and Funk Bottoms 200 this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtdirt View Post
    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 signed up for the 100k.
    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.

    Craig

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    lifted this from another thread. not really a Roubaix but....
    Dirty Kanza 200

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    here's an interesting one.
    Home - Barry-Roubaix

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    whoooaaa...this looks difficult.
    Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge

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    here's a good list. anyone ride in one or more of these events?

    25 Spring Classic Rides in North America

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo View Post
    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
    The question is moot. The word "Roubaix" has come to mean "gravel ride of some sort" in the minds of literally all recreational cyclists. And, of course, by "literally" I mean "not literally". Language is always in the process of making itself obsolete.

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    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...







    Last edited by Timo; 02-17-15 at 04:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo View Post
    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.
    Yeah, we're kind of idiots here. Pretty soon we can probably expect Phil and Paul to spend as much time explaining why there's no gravel in Paris-Roubaix as they do explaining how drafting works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo View Post
    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
    you've been a member on this forum for 13 years with 645 posts and this is were you decide to draw your line in the sand...over a name of an event? lucky us that you chimed in.
    have you ever participated in any of the events listed? if so, it would be great to hear your review.

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    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?

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    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:



    perry.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtdirt View Post
    here's a good list. anyone ride in one or more of these events?

    25 Spring Classic Rides in North America
    I'm planning on riding the Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo this year.

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    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.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 02-19-15 at 09:59 AM.

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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

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