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Rocheport Roubaix Gravel Ride

Old 01-29-17, 07:23 PM
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Rocheport Roubaix Gravel Ride

Some pictures from todays ride;

Route map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18244266

Aerial view of the route: https://www.relive.cc/view/848933432

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Someone should start a "Where did you ride today" thread like they have in C&V. I love looking at ride photos like this.
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Originally Posted by TweedleDee View Post
Someone should start a "Where did you ride today" thread like they have in C&V. I love looking at ride photos like this.
I wish I could take more pictures. There is dozens of photo opportunities for scenic rural splendor. I could spend the day just stopping and building an album. But I'm slow enough without stopping evey 10 minutes.

The ride was great. Weather in January can be unpredictable. The original event date of January 15th was canceled due to an ice storm. The event was postponed to the 29th and the weather was warmer than predicted and partly sunny skies prevailed. There was a 10-20mph wind from the north that made one open section along the Missouri river monstrous. The only way to survive the unsheltered sections was to form an eshelon with several other riders.

The route is equally divided into paved and unpaved sections. The entire route features short but steep hills. The route is set along the Missouri river, not far from Columbia Missouri. Columbia is the home of UM. The route takes cyclist down to the river's flood plain and then back up a steep set of ridges along the valley wall. Plenty of 10-20+ percent climbs, too many to count. The gravel is well maintained with very loose medium aggregate over a firm substrate. Most of the gravel sections feature a packed set of lines, but sometimes it was all loose. A bit like riding on ball bearings.

Gravel riding in January is a good cure for cabin fever. I only wish I still had October levels of fitness, I've only ridden about 250 miles since Thanksgiving. Those climbs and headwinds were brutal. I reduced my mileage by intentionally taking a shortcut, which made the day manageable. I'm officially listed as a dnf, which is appropriate. But it was a demanding four hours and very good to get outdoors this time of year.
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Is it worth the drive to take a ride?
You could leave at 7:00 am, start at 10:00 and be finished by 2:30. If that's worth the drive is an individual decision.

If I was just looking for gravel to ride, the town of Cuba is a better starting point and it's closer to St. Louis.

My next event will be in Southern Illinois: https://ridinggravel.com/gravel-races...uth-race-100k/
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
You could leave at 7:00 am, start at 10:00 and be finished by 2:30. If that's worth the drive is an individual decision.

If I was just looking for gravel to ride, the town of Cuba is a better starting point and it's closer to St. Louis.

My next event will be in Southern Illinois: Featured Event: The Dirty South Race 100K -
I do often forget it is farther to Columbia/Rocheport than to Cuba.
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