Michigan's 2012 cycling race season kicks off this year with the Killer Gravel Road Race- Like the classic it's named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against rolling gravel roads (80%), pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice, along with 2200 feet of climbing over its 35 mile loop. There is 1500 racer limit for 2012!
What is Barry-Roubaix?
A classic road/off road race featuring a variety of terrain and surfaces to test all your cycling skills. Cyclocross, Mountain, Road, Single-Speed, Fixie and Tandem bicycles are welcome in any category. The course will be determined according to conditions just prior to the race start. Maps will be available for pre-riding the course. Click on the map link on the website. Course marshals will NOT be at every corner or intersection, rules of the road apply! The course will NOT be closed to traffic and does not have a rolling escort. Cycling rules of the road apply, i.e. stop at all stop signs, yield to cars, no more than 2 riders abreast and do not cross yellow center line. Violations will be penalized by disqualification. Anyone caught littering will be disqualified. A sag van will make rounds looking for drop outs.
Where is Barry-Roubaix?
CITY: Middleville/Hastings, Michigan COUNTY: Barry County Start/Finish/Parking: Gun Lake Unit-Yankee Springs Recreation Area
Who is Barry-Roubaix for?
Cyclists and racers of all kinds and performance levels (no license required) that want to start their season with a real challenge and experience the scenery of the Barry County back roads Open Class 61 miles* 35 miles* 23 miles* Single Speed – 23 miles or 35 miles* Fixies (one brake mandatory) – 23 miles or 35 miles* Tandem- 23 miles or 35 miles* Distances are approximate depending on final course designation made prior to race start We reserve the right to combine low category fields. Road, mountain or cross bikes can be used in any class. The 61 mile race is for elite/pro level athletes. Consider it is March, it may be cold out and last year it took the pros over 3 hours at 20+ mph avg! That would be over 4 hours for us mere mortals.
What else can I expect at Barry-Roubaix?
$2300 cash awards plus trophies or medals to the top five 61 Mile Open racers (no age categories). 1st-$500, 2nd-$300, 3rd-$200, 4th-$100 and 5th-$50. Michigan Youth Cycling and Kisscross Events will award $375.00 in scholarship to the fastest under 18 year old male and female in the 23 and 35 mile races each. NEW! $1000 cash awards sponsored by Greenware plus trophies or medals to the top five 35 mile racers overall (no age categories). 1st-$250, 2nd-$150, 3rd-$100, 4th-$50 and 5th-$25. Trophies to the overall male and female winner of the 35 and 23 mile race. Medals to the top five in age categories (generally 10 year age splits for 23 milers and 5 year splits for 35 milers) and pre-race raffle prizes to many lucky racers. Podium awards and photos within 30 minutes of the completion of each category. 4 wave starts, one for the 61 milers, two for the 35 milers (11-44 yrs and 45+ yrs) and one wave for the 23 milers. Racers will be disqualified for starting in the wrong wave. Instant Chronotrack Timing by Race Services Company. Rigid handlebar number plates with timing chips will be used for the best timing available. The race will be scored as a time trial (just like Iceman) to avoid a mass start with 1500 racers! All vehicles entering the Gun Lake Unit will need a $10 Michigan State Park motor vehicle passport or a daily pass for $8. Michigan residents please have vehicle passports purchased in advance to speed up the entrance to the parking area come race day. Out of state racers may purchase a daily pass for $8 or annual for $29 on site. Rustic Camping is allowed at the Gun Lake Unit Campground adjacent to the start area.