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Barry-Roubaix, who's in?
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My cyclocross team and I are joining in the fun this year. My first ever gravel race/ride...looking forward to it, it looks like a ton of fun. Doing the 62 mile event. Any other ST'ers doing the race this year?

https://barry-roubaix.com/

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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [spot] [ In reply to ]
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I didn't expect to see this pop up!

I am in with my local team also and plan on the 36-miler - look for guys in A1 Cycle Center cloths!
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One of my favorite race. I’ve done the three traditional distances but stepping up to the Psycho Killer 100 this year as part of the ultra gravel series we have in Michigan. I think you’ll like Barry... the entire town gets behind the race to the point that the course is permanently marked. Awesome post race festivities and atmosphere. I’m spoiled in that I only live 45 min away so I get down to train on the course quite often.
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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [Toefuzz] [ In reply to ]
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Toefuzz wrote:
One of my favorite race. I’ve done the three traditional distances but stepping up to the Psycho Killer 100 this year as part of the ultra gravel series we have in Michigan. I think you’ll like Barry... the entire town gets behind the race to the point that the course is permanently marked. Awesome post race festivities and atmosphere. I’m spoiled in that I only live 45 min away so I get down to train on the course quite often.

Yeah, it looks really cool. Driving up from the Dayton, Oh area. Stoked about the post-race beer.

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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [teddygram] [ In reply to ]
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teddygram wrote:
I didn't expect to see this pop up!

I am in with my local team also and plan on the 36-miler - look for guys in A1 Cycle Center cloths!

Will do. We'll be in black and white jerseys with "The Optimists" on it if it's warm enough to wear a short sleeve jersey over a warmer base layer.

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Another local here. I think I started it in year two when it was a couple of hundred people racing from the state park. One of my favorite events of the year and a great start to the race season.
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I just talked to one of my friends today about doing the 62 miler. I just need to see if I can get the time off (I work saturdays).

Any recommendations on tires? I'm riding the stock tires which came with my cx bike, clement mxp clinchers. I've been thinking of switching to tubeless.
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hubcaps wrote:
I just talked to one of my friends today about doing the 62 miler. I just need to see if I can get the time off (I work saturdays).

Any recommendations on tires? I'm riding the stock tires which came with my cx bike, clement mxp clinchers. I've been thinking of switching to tubeless.

Hopefully some of the folks who responded to this thread can help you, because I'm a total newb to both this race and gravel riding. I'm going with the stock tires that came on my CX bike as well. I'll probably bump up the PSI quite a bit from cyclocross racing pressures, though.

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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [spot] [ In reply to ]
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Yes. 62 on the fat tire....
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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [spot] [ In reply to ]
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Tire choice can depend conditions and it's hard to tell this far out. I'll run Clemente PDX because that's what's on my bike and they seem to work well over a lot of conditions. I'm not one to overthink things. Most years a fast rolling file tread would probably be fastest. Again I don't think it matters much. I know one year I ran studded Xerxes tires because the course was all ice.

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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [spot] [ In reply to ]
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I should be there, probably in the 36, coming from the Detroit area.

Tires are always a tough call. Conditions can vary greatly. can be a real challenge if it's muddy, but it's a relatively short section.

I only have my older CX bike and just ride 30mm Michelin Mud 2's regardless.
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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [spot] [ In reply to ]
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Spot,

I'm just down the road from you in Cinci. I'm in for the 100. Haven't done any gravel rides before. My logic for jumping in and doing the 100 was "Go big or go home". Biggest concern is I don't have a bike yet. Some of our team (mostly Indy based) is coming up and doing the 62. One of my best friends from college is coming over from Chicago and he'll do the 100 as well. Look for guys in ToADS jerseys (Team of Amiable Devoted Supporters). Once I get the bike thing figured out, my stress level will go down substantially.

Good luck w/ the training over the next 90 days!


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It took awhile, but I finally discovered that its not the destination that's important, but rather the journey.
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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [hubcaps] [ In reply to ]
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hubcaps wrote:
I just talked to one of my friends today about doing the 62 miler. I just need to see if I can get the time off (I work saturdays).

Any recommendations on tires? I'm riding the stock tires which came with my cx bike, clement mxp clinchers. I've been thinking of switching to tubeless.

I’m a big fan of tubeless and would recommend that regardless of which tire you go with. As others have said, tire choice can really depend on conditions. The 62 miler has quite a bit of paved road after it breaks from the 36 mile route so I went with 35mm Panaracer GravelKing SK’s last year and they worked great. There is a small trade off as Sager Road was pretty sandy and I struggled a bit compared to the guys on fat bikes or mountain bikes with 2.1”+ tires, but I’d like to think I made up some time on the rest of the course. I will say that it’s amazing how much time you can lose on one little stretch of road!
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I live in SE Michigan and this has been on my bucket list for a while. A group of us from TeamODZ (Zwift cycling team) are meeting up to ride it. Should be a blast!

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hubcaps wrote:
I just talked to one of my friends today about doing the 62 miler. I just need to see if I can get the time off (I work saturdays).

Any recommendations on tires? I'm riding the stock tires which came with my cx bike, clement mxp clinchers. I've been thinking of switching to tubeless.


I did the founders fall fondo which is the same course and it was wet, slightly soft and muddy that day. I was running tubeless Specialized Tracer Pro

https://www.specialized.com/...?color=231012-156476

These tires were perfect in every situation during the race - I have not had them in the snow/ice however.
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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [spot] [ In reply to ]
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I'm in. It will be my 4th year doing it. It's worth the drive from Oklahoma. It's one of my favorite events of the year. I had to choose between this and Gravel Nats, which is 6 hours closer for me, and I'm choosing BR

As others said, course conditions can change quite a bit. Personally, i think a 35-38 is the right width tire for the course. It can be sandy in spots, so a wide tire is an advantage there, but there is also quite a bit of asphalt on the course and a few climbs, where anything wider than a 38 is overkill. Two years ago, a few riders from Holoweskel Citadel raced it on their road bikes with road tires and finished top 10, but i wouldn't suggest that.

Sager road is the section where the race usually blows up. It's a hard left turn off of asphalt onto a narrow jeep road, up a small climb, and then basically a mile or two dodging rocks, puddles, holes, sand, etc as you gradually keep climbing. It's narrow enough that you can get caught behind a rider who gets stuck in the sand, and your chances of making back to the leaders are slim.
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rob_bell wrote:

Sanger road is the section where the race usually blows up. It's a hard left turn off of asphalt onto a narrow jeep road, up a small climb, and then basically a mile or two dodging rocks, puddles, holes, sand, etc as you gradually keep climbing. It's narrow enough that you can get caught behind a rider who gets stuck in the sand, and your chances of making back to the leaders are slim.

In the early days of the race the Sager road section was just a couple of miles from the start and it was all asphalt to that point. It would be a sprint to get to that section before everyone else. With only a couple of waves at the time, almost the entire field would hit that left turn at the same time. It was complete chaos, but a on of fun. I works better having it in the middle of the course but part of me still misses the complete cluster.
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I'll be there with one other guy doing the 100. Should be a good time.
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I'll be there. Hopefully the weather cooperates. Two years ago it was 39 and pouring. I picked gravel/sand out of my eyes/ears the next day and a half.

Last year was better, dropped almost 30 minutes off my 36 mile route time. Hoping this year to be under 2 hours assuming the weather cooperates.
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I'm in for the 62 mile route. It will be my second Gravel event ever. I'm from Cincinnati and recognize your CX kits, I've raced a few OVCX events in 2018.
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Still working out some of the details, but I think I am in. It will be my first gravel race I will be doing it on my CX bike. It will be a bit of a departure from my spring tri training, but oh well. Should be fun.

https://www.endurancelab.fit
https://www.teamodz.com
https://discuss.endurancelab.fit
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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [teddygram] [ In reply to ]
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A1 Cycle Center out of Merrillville? If so Myself and a few folks from the Valpo Ironwood group will be going. All distances from 36 to 62 and Fat Tire.
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Re: Barry-Roubaix, who's in? [kkerns] [ In reply to ]
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That is correct!

I will keep my eyes open for the Ironwood guys and say hello!
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